The COVID-19 epidemic is the most serious challenge to mankind since the Second World War and will surely go down in history for its profound impact on the world’s health, economy, politics, culture and even way of life. It is gratifying to note that, after much hard work, the epidemic has now been brought under control in some countries.
Today New Zealand Messengers Ltd. (NZM) is pleased to announce the launch of an essay contest in English and Chinese for the “ONEPURE Cup”, a global campaign to fight the epidemic. Whether you are a medical worker, civil servant, community worker, a journalist who has been reporting on the frontline of the epidemic, a patient who has been treated, a person who has been quarantined, a business person whose business has been affected, a person who has been working/studying at home, a foreigner who has been stranded in another country, as well as the cultural differences and conflicts that occurred in the process, there are many stories worth documenting about each of them. Let us document them together, pass on compassions and hopes, and leave a valuable legacy for ourselves and for the world.
Call for papers
There is no restriction on the style of writing (but the content should be non-political), in both English and Chinese, and the number of words is unlimited. Quoted parts (e.g., pictures) must be approved by the original copyright holder and comply with the legal provisions on portrait and reputation rights. Submissions must be original and first published by the author and not previously published in any type of media (including but not limited to newspapers, magazines, books, the Internet, and new media). Each person may submit multiple articles (e.g., diary serials), but only one has a chance to win. Multiple submissions are strictly prohibited.
Plagiarism is strictly forbidden, and you are responsible for your own writing. Once irregularities are found or reports are substantiated, entries are disqualified; if you have already won a prize, the prize/item is recovered, and the results are announced.
New Zealand Messengers has the right to use the work and to edit the manuscript. By submitting an entry, the author is deemed to have acknowledged and voluntarily abided by the rules of this competition. By submitting an entry, you are deemed to have authorized New Zealand Messengers and its media partners, including but not limited to NZM’s WeChat Public Accounts, New Zealand Messenger (newspaper) and its websites of the same name, Palmary (bilingual magazine), Chinese Headlines, and NZM’S Facebook page and other new media pages, to publish and distribute the entry exclusively worldwide.
Submissions open from 30 October 2020 to 30 April 2021. Please refer to our Facebook page and website for updates.
Our journalists will not be participating in this essay contest.
First Prizes (X2): New Zealand ONEPURE Water Voucher (worth NZ$1,000)
Second Prizes (X4): One night in the Presidential Suite at Hackthorne Garden Luxury Hotel (Christchurch, New Zealand) (value NZ$538)
Third Prizes (X6): Half-page advertising space in the New Zealand Messenger (worth NZ$498)
The above prizes are non-cashable, and you are responsible for your own income tax.
New Zealand Messenger Ltd. reserves the right to make all final decisions as to the organization of this competition.
Lane Neave, a well-known New Zealand law firm, will provide exclusive legal support for this competition.
Method of submission and awarding of prizes
Like our Facebook page “nzmessenger” and send a message to get the latest rules and regulations of the competition.
Sponsors (in no particular order)
ONEPURE (NZ), Westland Dairy Company Limited (NZ), Hackthorne Gardens Luxury Accommodation (NZ), Talent International Institute (NZ), Bank of China (CN), China Southern Airlines (CN)
Call for sponsorship is ongoing (contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org), any new sponsorship will be announced in the future updates.
New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS)
China New Zealand International Cooperation Chamber of Commerce (CNZCIC).
Introduction of New Zealand Messenger Ltd (Organizer)
Founded in 2003, it is the most influential bilingual platform for Chinese media in the South Island of New Zealand, with a monthly readership of one million for its online and offline products. It has a newspaper, New Zealand Messenger (www.nzmessengers.co.nz/信报电子版), a bilingual magazine, Palmary (www.nzmessengers.co.nz/精彩电子版), Chinese Headlines account, and bilingual websites (www.nzmessengers.co.nz；www.nzmessengers.com), dual WeChat public accounts, professional live broadcasts, and English new media pages such as Facebook and YouTube. For nearly two decades, New Zealand Messenger has been adhering to the principle of “Seeking the Best, Always the Best”. The value proposition of the company provides quality news coverage and original content to local and overseas readers.
Introduction of ONEPURE (Title Party)
ONEPURE artesian water comes from New Zealand, a verdant landscape of forests, mountains, glaciers and rivers, surrounded by pristine oceans.
New Zealand’s isolation and low levels of industrialisation coupled with a largely untouched natural landscape, make it the ideal location from which to source premium artesian water.
The rate of replenishment of our aquifer is far greater than we could ever bottle. ONEPURE is committed to our Kaitiaki responsibilities and only use what is needed. The sourced aquifer’s natural cycle is a sustainable circle of rainfall high in the ranges, filtration through NZ’s mineral rich geology over hundreds of years and a constant underground flow back out to the Pacific Ocean, for evaporation into more rainfall to nourish our land and wellbeing. ONEPURE water is filled with natural electrolytes and life essential trace minerals for your health and wellbeing, keeping you well hydrated, refreshed, and re-energized!