Oct 18, 2021, 12:58 PM



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’re running a colouring competition for Children’s Day 2021 (November 20). Follow the steps below to enter - there are multiple Smiggle vouchers to be won.

We’re also asking you to include a message for our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about what it means to have a rare disorder.

We’ll then present your colouring, and your message, at Parliament in time for Children’s Day. Download the colouring sheet today and make our kōtare unmissable! Terms & conditions below.

Anyone can enter, children of all ages, mums, dads, friends, family and siblings of those with a rare disorder. 

Download colouring template

How to enter

  1. Download our beautiful template.
  2. Print it out and colour it in. You can use pencils, pastels, paint collage… there’s no limit to your creativity! Don’t have a printer at home? No problem, you can do it digitally.
  3. Send your entry to
    Rare Disorders NZ
    PO Box 14-313

    Wellington 6241
    or email to enquiries@raredisorders.org.nz before midnight Friday 5 November 2021.
  4. Please include your name, age (if 12 and under), and email address. Make sure they're written on the back of the colouring sheet, or emailed with your entry!

Download colouring template

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 mroe about Rebecca here.


Category: (1) 7 and under (2) 8 -12 (3) over 13

Prize: Category 1 $50 Smiggle voucher, Category 2: $50 Smiggle voucher, Category 3 $50 Warehouse voucher

Please join us for morning tea on Friday 19 November were we will be handing all entry’s in the rare disorder colouring competition to Dr Liz Craig who will hand them to the Prime Minister on behalf of the rare disorder community. More details to follow.

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.

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