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Design a Bus 2023

Winners Announcement for 2023 Design a Bus Back Competition!

Congratulations to the Winner of our 2023 competition, Amay Dignon, Age 9. Amay’s entry stood out for its vibrant use of colour and clear messaging.

And congratulations to our two Highly Commended; James Gibbs, Age 7 and Alexis Cossey Age 10.

The judges were impressed with James’s unique underwater concept and with Alexis’s engaging design incorporating the bus.

Congratulations to our three winners and all the tamariki who took part. We received hundreds of amazing entries, both online and through Enviroschools. Thank you to all the tamariki who entered, to all the parents and guardians that helped with online entries and to the following Enviroschools:

Whangārei Primary

Manaia View School

Morningside Primary

Hora Hora School

Hurapaki School

Ka pai everyone who entered! Your entries were all awesome!

CityLink Whangārei are celebrating public transport with a competition for primary-school aged children to design a bus back. The theme is “Why You Should Catch The Bus”.

Kids can draw happy bus passengers, make a colourful design, or show why using public transport instead of cars helps the environment.

The Winner will have their awesome design printed onto the back of a CityLink bus AND win a $100 Prezzy Card!

Two Highly Commended entries will win a $50 Prezzy Card.

The competition opens on Car Free Day, Friday 22 September, and closes on Friday 27 October 2023. The winner will be announced by Friday 17 November 2023.


So get your tamariki entering to show off their design and colouring-in skills and you could see their design zipping around Whangārei city centre on a CityLink bus!

Entrants must be aged 5-11. 


Entrants can colour, or free-draw, or colour and free-draw, on the Design a CityLink Bus Entry form template designed for the competition. You can download the Entry form here


Entries must be made using the Competition Entry form and clearly enter all the requested information on the Entry. 


Entrants must be willing be photographed with their family by their winning design bus back and to be featured on CityLink Facebook page and website. 


The Winner will have their design printed onto a CityLink bus and win a $100 Pressie card. 


Two Highly Commended designs will each win a $50 Pressie Card. 


You can download your Entry Form here or you can come to Rose Street and pick one up in person!


Once complete, you can enter online using the Form for Entry below, which lets you upload photos direct from your phone.


Or you can email the entry to us at citylink@nrc.govt.nz. You can also post it to us at NRC, Private Bag 9021, Te Mai, Whangārei 0143 or you can hand it in to NRC Reception at 36 Water Street, Whangārei. 


Terms and Conditions apply, please make sure you’ve read the T&Cs and marked this on your Entry Form. If you have any questions, let us know at citylink@nrc.govt.nz 


Winners will be notified and announced by Friday 17 November 2023. We can’t contact all entrants, so if you don’t hear from us by then you haven’t been selected this time.

Please read the Terms and Conditions. These set out the competition rules and further information that you need. You need to tick the box on your entry to confirm you’ve read them.

Design Comp Terms & Conditions 2023

If you have any questions you can contact us at citylink@nrc.govt.nz


Please read the Privacy Statement. This sets out how your data will be used. You need to tick the box on your entry to confirm you’ve read this.

Design Comp Privacy Statement 2023

If you have any questions, you can contact us at citylink@nrc.govt.nz