Holiday Haiku Competition

Video of the launch, featuring Sam Hunt and his poem Collision.


December 23 2016. People can enter poems about road safety in a haiku competition organised by the New Zealand Police.

The poet Sam Hunt recently helped launch a national Holiday Haiku competition based on the road safety message "check your speed".

The competition is run by the New Zealand Police in conjunction with ACC and other road safety partners.

Several school students joined Sam in reading their poems at the launch of the event.

Assistant Commissioner Road Policing, Dave Cliff says anyone who has driven with children in the car knows how much weight their voices can have in getting you to slow down.

“By asking children and the general public to write haiku to express how they feel about getting to their destination safely this summer, and about those who choose to drive over the speed limit and put all of us who share the road at risk, we hope to bring road safety to the forefront of everyone’s mind this summer.”

Haiku are short three-line unrhymed poems with traditionally a 5-7-5 (17) syllable structure. The Holiday Haiku competition runs until 25 January 2017.

How to enter

Online: z.co.nz/haiku

Email: holiday.haiku@police.govt.nz

Post: Holiday Haiku, NZ Police, P.O. Box 3017, Wellington.