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Judging process

1. Young Minds, Young Dreams

Shortlisted by judging panel. Shortlisted entries opened for public voting.

2. It Starts with You. Express Yourself

Assessed against detailed criteria by judging panel.

3. Emerging Leaders

Random draw from all valid entries received.

4. Smart Ideas, Smart Futures

Shortlisted and judged by judging panel. Top 10 invited to attend Design Lab.


Entries will be accepted only from New Zealand schools/kura, and other learning settings and young people currently living in New Zealand. As at the submission deadline, entrants must also meet the age eligibility requirements for their chosen category.

Entries must meet the requirements specified in the entry form for the relevant category. Entries containing objectionable content will not be accepted and entrants will be given an opportunity to re-submit.

Entries which include photographs or video of identifiable people must include consent forms for each person who appears. Entries which include information which could be used to identify people also require consent to be given. For people under 18 years of age, the consent form must be signed by a parent/caregiver. Entries without consent forms for each person identifiable in in each video or photograph will not be accepted.

Entries must be received or postmarked by midnight 29 July for Young Minds Young Dreams or midnight 27 August for all other categories.

Judging and prizes

The judging panel will have no access to identifying information about the entrant. The judging panel will view all entries and shortlist according to the process for each category. The decisions of the judging panel will be final.

Overall prizes will be awarded as per the Category Overview. 

Spot prizes will be awarded by the Ministry of Education as entries are received.


Current employees of and contractors to the Ministry of Education and CORE Education are not eligible to enter.

Entrants can be received for more than one category, provided each entry is unique.

How your entry and personal information will be used

Personal information

We collect personal information from you, including your name and contact details and those of your school/kura/other institution. We collect this information in order to administer the competition and award prizes. Besides the Ministry of Education, we will share this information with CORE Education and our judges in order to run the competition.

Competition entries

We may also use and share publically all entries received, and may store, use or share your entry for any purpose up to 31 December 2020, including but not limited to sharing on Ministry websites, published document, and social media in order to promote engagement with the NCEA Review. Any identifying information (excluding images/videos for which consent has been gained) beyond the entrants’ name and school/kura/institution within the entry will be removed before sharing.

If you choose not to enter personal information or give us permission to share your entry as described above, we'll be unable to accept your entry.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at makeyourmark@core-ed.ac.nz.

Make your Mark competition booklet

All the information you need to know about the Make your Mark competition can be found in the competition booklet [PDF 3.4MB]