Aotearoa’s children and young people have expressed their dreams for the next decade. Here you can explore their art, poetry, and wonderful combinations of the two.

Click on the entries to view them full-size and scroll through to see more about their entry. ‘Top Entries’ were selected by our panel of judges, including our guest judges who you can read more about on our Judges page. Every child and young person who participated will receive a certificate and a gift recognising their efforts, and the top entries are receiving an extra special prize. We are so grateful to the sponsors who have made this recognition possible.

We hope you enjoy these amazing moemoeā. Let’s listen to these tamariki and rangatahi, and work together to realise their dreams. The future of Aotearoa is in safe hands.

13–18 year olds

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Juwairiyah, 17

“Woven into the heart of this artwork are my hopes and dreams for the new decade for both Aotearoa, and the rest of the world, which I believe are values that play an essential role in societal progress.”

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Joni, 17

“My poem below shows my graphic journey recounting my experiences to become transgender and ultimately ending with my hopes and dreams for the future.”

This poem discusses discrimination and abuse toward a transgender person and may be distressing to some audiences.
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Maariyah, 18

“Words describing my hopes for New Zealand.”

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Chastity, 14

“This is a poetry piece describing the stars using the five senses- see, hear, touch, smell and taste. Alludes to how us overusing the world’s resources are blocking the stars from view, and how we need to stop doing so.”

Jenny, 15

“I click the shutters of the camera again…”

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OakTEC, 17 to 21

“The OakTEC environment is all about preparing for life beyond school, putting our prior knowledge into practice in real situations and learning how to be the best adults we can be. This means deciding on what we want for our future lives.”

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Ben, 13 and Jahaziel, 14

“Ben and Jahaziel have based their work around the challenges that they face with having Autism and the joy they feel when overcoming these obstacles.”

Jayden

“All I want to be is happy”

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Content warning: This rap discusses depression, drug use and violence and may be distressing to some audiences.
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Sindy, 17

“My dream for the future is very simple: stay connected with the friends I have now.”

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Dina, 17

“I’ve often like felt in the past… some people made me feel like I wasn’t good enough or that I’m not smart enough… Having the self-confidence, that’s my dream goal now, especially for the future and I’m developing that now.”

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Kate, 18

“My ‘Dream for the Decade’ is to live my childhood dream of travelling the world.”

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Hannah, 16

“My artwork displays what the environment will hopefully become clean in the future.”

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Oshadha, 15

“My entry is a poem on peace and equality and how the world would be a better place if the whole world had peace and equality in every second, in every single place.”

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Nadia, 14
Rashi, 15

“This work of mine basically resembles a soft letter to my future self in the years to come. I’ve always strived to find the buried shadow that has always been deep within my core.”

9–12 year olds

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Cooper, 11

“It can be interpreted in many ways but the subtle inspire message is to create & motivate.”

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Armanhi, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for everybody to have the food they need.”

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Clemency, 10

“My dream for Aotearoa is for all the dangerous animals to be extinct.”

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Leishae, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is everyone to have a home.”

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Avy, 11

“My work is inspired by my own dreams that are related to my cosmic imaginations and celestial wonders. I really hope that people can relate to my words and art as much as I do.”

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Ananda, 11

“I dream of a time where…”

Cypress, 10

“Galaxy waterfalls for the next decade.”

Chevylle, 10

“Black lives matter. Stop racism.”

Prestige and Esther, 10 and 9

“Used to have magic but as time went by, magic faded away.”

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Maggie, 11

“My dream is for the world to start working together. I know the world won’t be rid of pollution in 10 years but I would like us humans to start and I want to help to.”

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Muse, 9

“My dreams are about how my life will be like when I turn 19.”

Isabelle, 10

“If I had some dreams for the decade what would it be?”

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Izac, 10

“My dream for Aotearoa is for the coronavirus to no longer exist and for the world to go back to how it was.”

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Hunter, 10

“My dream for Aotearoa is for there to be a dog rescue centre in every town which feeds and shelters them.”

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Lily, 10

“My dream for Aotearoa is for the shops to have no plastic products or packaging to save the world.”

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Stellah, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for everyone to have a big meal everyday.”

Lanika, 10

“In the next decade I will like…”

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Narayan, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for there to be an end to racism.”

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Medusa, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for native New Zealand species to be protected.”

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Louis, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for pests to stop damaging environments.”

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Olivia, 11

“My dream for Aotearoa is for there to be more money available for those who need it.”

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Thea, 11

“The drawings I did are my goals for when I turn 21 in 10 years time.”

Caitlin, 11

“I’ve drawn these pictures because this is what will be important to me in 10 years time.”

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Mauriora, 9

“My dream for Aotearoa is for Black Lives to always Matter.”

Irie-Jae

“We will still love you even if you’re different so you don’t need to cover up.”

Kyla and Megan

“For our dreams and goals we hope for Covid and virus to go away in the world.”

Qapree

“I wish that the world would get better.”

Piiata
Krista

“In 10 years I want to be a famous fashion designer.”

Isla
Kiahna
Serenity

“Make the world more magical and everyone happy!”

Kasaemita
Claire
Caleb and Zoe
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Anonymous

“My dream is to see the sunset on the beach.”

Dakota

“Who cares what people say about you. Be yourself.”

Jesse

“Here oxygen is never going to run out!”

Manuera

“The Beach”

Arleigha

“Black lives matter. Covid-19. Australia.”

Queshiia
Shahra
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Aurelia

“My dream is that magic will come into our world and fairies πŸ§šπŸΏβ€β™€οΈ and pixies and magical animals will live throughout the land. I was inspired by being with my friends and sisters and pets πŸ‘πŸ•.”

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Aiyana, 10

“Well this is My Samoa Flag. This is my culture my island and my language. In Samoa is a beautiful place, it has the best view. Rugbys, haka’s, Samoa dance. I’m half Samoa and Māori but I dont Speak Māori that much I only speak half Samoan. Like i can talofa oa mai oe means hello how are you OR ou Sefulu tausaga. and last one is faafetai mo le fa’alogo i lenei. That means thanks you for hearing this but yeah im done so yeah fa’afeta miss Liwis.”

Anna, 9

“An eye staring at a blue line.”

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Isadorah , 11

“I want to help the homeless people and in a decade’s time, we hope there are no homeless people.”

Mason, 10

“Want to be a lego designer.”

Paige, 10
Irie-laeo, 10
Jazmyn, 10

“When I am 20yrs old, I want to own my own home where I can watch and enjoy the beautiful sunset.”

Jayden
Jahmon
Peyton

“This is what the world should look like.”

Tyler

“Mana.”

James, 9

“In ten years from now I will be an animal scientist with my little brother Jack to help me.”

Paul, 10

“How nature will look in 10yrs time.”

Shapphire, 11

“My hope and dream is to be a bus driver.”

Greta, 12

“My dream for the decade would be for Aotearoa to be even more of a bright and happy place. I think we have a really good country and it has beautiful landscapes and is filled with lots of good sorts, so I think we have a pretty good future ahead of us. My art represents that we have so many different positive outcomes for the following years.”

James, 9

“In ten years from now I will be an animal scientist with my little brother Jack to help me.”

6–8 year olds

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Rhys, Christelle, Boston, Pepah, 6-7

“Builder, Famous, Sporty, Magical.”

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Zack, Levi, Neihana, 6

“Environment, Science, Builder.”

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Nikita, Charlotte, Declyn, 6

“Teacher, Colourful, Robots.”

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Cooper, Ravyn, Lucy, 6

“Family, Good Choices, Fun.”

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Annie, Stellar, David, 6

“Nature, Resilient, Builder.”

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Ciaran, Ollie, Frankie, Ethan, 6

“Science, Fixer, Sporty, Nature.”

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Steffani, 8

“My dream is to be an artist.”

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Lexi, 7

“Dream Machine – Lexi has used different materials and clippings of words representing her dreams from magazines and papers.”

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Tabitha, 7

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“This is how I want the whole world to be this decade.”

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Mishika, 8

“My dream.”

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Maanvir, 6

“I wish New Zealand will look like this in ten years.”

Summer, 8

“Black Lives matter.”

Serenity, 8

“My dream is to be a cake decorator.”

Gabriel, 8

“My dreams and goals for the next decade is to be a scientist.”

Leia, 8

“My hope and dreams are to be an artist and here are some things that are about it.”

Indey, 8

“No more Covid for at least the next decade.”

Jordan, 8

“Covid free world.”

Kayle, 8

“I want to be a policeman.”

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Nethuki, 8

“The entry is a poem about my dreams.”

Kaysha-Lee, 8

“When I am 18 yrs I dream of owning Wonderland.”

Maraea, 7

“Continue looking after the world’s agriculture.”

Tiave, 8

“Next 10 years I want to be Tik Tok famous – I want to be a singer.”

Milly, 7

“An agency themepark where you train to be agents.”

Delylah, 7

“Want to be a cake decorator.”

Ariel, 8

“Want to see a unicorn.”

Kiarney, 8

“Building ‘Candyland and Donuts’.”

Tiopera, 8

“I want to make Bendy and the Ink Machine/ Cuphead when I am older.”

Aderianna, 8
Shakira, 8

“I want to open a gadget shop when I am older.”

Kyzara, 7

“I wish I could fly on a lollipop.”

Joseph-Mitchell, 8

“Covid free world. When I am older, I will be a piano singer.”

Lyrique, 8

“World free of racism/COVID19.”

Mishika, 8 and Maanvir, 6

“Be kind.”

0–5 year olds

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Johnny, 2

“My Dream for the Decade is wanting my family to be happy. Toys for everyone.”

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Charlotte, 4

“My dream is to be Elsa and make houses with her powers.”

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Kaea, 4

“My Dreams For the Decade is Everyone to be happy. Lots of flowers. Aroha for everyone.”

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Kalila, Riley, Franklin, Calypso, Ava-Maree

“Dreams for the decade – Mana, Waiora, Friendship, Having Fun, Whanaungatanga, Kindness, Aroha, Happiness.”

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Luka, 4

“My Dream of the Decade is a pipe to take water around the world.”

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Willow, 4

“My Dream of the Decade is the tooth fairy will come every night, no more wobbly teeth. There will be coins under my pillow. The sun to shine and I find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

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Siu I Moana, 4

“My Dream for the Decade is digger, it can dig under the ground.”

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Asha, 4

“My Dream for the Decade is to be Anna and read books.”

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Blake, 4

“My Dream of the Decade is to be Batman, working with robots building houses.”

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Kanav, 4

“My dream is to be Splat Monster and throw sticky splat at people.”