Poems on Buses

At the beginning of May, Metro is going to launch a new type of competition not seen before in New Zealand called ‘Poems on Buses’. The competition will be open to people of all ages who live in Canterbury who can enter one of two categories: • Open: 18 years plus or • Young Poets: under 18 years The theme that all budding poets should include in their submitted poem/s is ‘Canterbury’. A celebration in words about this beautiful part of the South Island of New Zealand. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in both categories and the winning entries will be displayed on all our Metro buses following Queens Birthday weekend in June through to the end of July 2018.

Entries for this year's competition have now closed.

Feeling like Shakespeare? How about writing a sonnet? or a haiku?  Or a limerick?  Whatever your poetical preference, we invite all budding poets to enter our Metro Poems on Buses competition.

Great prizes are up for grabs.  And the winning poems will be displayed on Metro buses during September and October.

This year’s theme, for all categories, is ‘What does a healthy living environment mean to you?’


  • Open: Adult and Te Reo Māori
  • High School: Years 11, 12 & 13, Years 9 & 10
  • Primary School: Years 7 & 8, Years 0 - 6

Competition is open now for entries and closes 5.00pm 31 August 2019.​

We have great prizes for each category: 

Category Prize Donated by​ Value​
Adult open 1st $800 voucher ​Mega Mitre 10 $800.00​

2nd 2x tickets to Miss Saigon ​Showbiz ChCh ​$200.00
3​rd New World Voucher
​New World ​$100.00
Te Reo Māori open 1st Tranz Alpine Family Pass
​Kiwi Rail      ​$676.00
2nd Gondola & Tram Annual Pass
​ChCh Attractions ​$149.00
3​rd Ecostore Healthy Home Pack
​Ecostore ​$100.00
High school Yrs 11-13 1st Art Metro Term Voucher
​Art Metro     ​$269.00
​2nd New World Voucher ​New World ​$100.00
​3​rd Mitre 10 Voucher ​Mega Mitre 10 ​$50.00
High school Yrs 9 & 10 ​1st New World Voucher  ​New World ​$100.00
​​2nd Mitre 10 Voucher ​Mega Mitre 10  ​$50.00
​3​rd Scorpio Books Voucher​ ​Scorpio Books ​$50.00
Primary School Yrs 7 & 8 ​​​1st Paper Plus Journal set ​Paper Plus ​$80.00
​​​2nd Mitre 10 Voucher ​Mega Mitre 10 ​$50.00
​3​rd Scorpio Books Voucher ​Scorpio Books ​$50.00
​​Primary School Yrs 0-6 ​1st Mitre 10 Voucher ​Mega Mitre 10 ​$50.00
​2nd Kids Bike Helmet ​Last Mile Transport company ​$50.00
​3​rd Kids Bike Helmet ​Last Mile Transport company ​$50.00