childrens day web announcement

The Kōtare (sacred kingfisher) is a taonga of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is common, but is not often seen. That’s why they’re a perfect symbol for rare disorders. 

As part of our ongoing ‘Fair For Rare’ campaign, we ran a colouring competition for Children’s Day 2021 (November 20). 

We also asked for messages to be included for our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about what it means to have a rare disorder.

The entries and messages were delivered at Parliament in time for Children’s Day. 

See our media release here.

Childrens day2

Download colouring template

The Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our colouring competition. We were blown away by the beautiful artwork we received!

Our lovely judge Rebecca Gibbs had a difficult job deciding the finalists among all the outstanding entries.

We are pleased to announce that the winners are:

Under 7s

Shanlee (5)

thumbnail image001


8 - 12

Sienna (8)winner 8 12cropped



winner 13+

About the Illustrator and Judge:

Rebecca Gibbs: Illustrator, Teacher and Designer

Rebecca loves to tell stories and create life on the page!

She was a finalist in the Storylines Gavin Bishop Illustration Award 2017 and author-illustrator of The Six Foots Rats with NZAVS.

Her work is varied and she enjoys creating work for political murals, editorial cartoons, books and advertising. She lives with her two dogs, rabbits, chickens and cats. They provide plenty of inspiration! You can find out more about Rebecca here.



Terms & Conditions

Terms & conditions: Competition runs from 9am Thursday 16 November to midnight 9am Fiday 5 November 2021. The winners will be notified via email on Wednesday 10 November. The winners must acknowledge their acceptance of their prize by replying to this email. This must be received by Rare Disorders NZ no later than 9am Friday 12 November 2021. If for any reason a winner does not acknowledge acceptance of their prize, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner selected. Your data will be collected for Rare Disorder NZ use only please refer to our privacy policy on the contact us page of this website. The promotion is open to New Zealand residents.