Rock our Future Competition


Win $1,000 for your school with this exciting project for Years 5-8, as well as $100 Prezzy Cards for the individual winning students. Link it to your Technology, Art and Science learning.

Aggregate (crushed rock, gravel and sand) makes up the bulk of products we quarry in New Zealand and is used in everyday life. This year’s brief is for each student to depict 3 everyday uses of aggregate along with an explanation.

Task / curriculum
Students are encouraged to visit a local quarry and each design a poster (up to A3 size) which shows 3 everyday uses of aggregate, along with an explanation.

Design criteria
Posters can be up to A3 in size and they need to include the following:

    • 3 everyday uses of aggregate
    • An explanation of each use

Competition details

    • Posters need to be received by the end of Term Three, Friday 22nd September. Please complete the Entry Form for your school and return it to the AQA email address on the form. Finalists will be contacted about judging.
    • Judging will take place in early October with winners announced by mid-November 2023.
    • Prizes:-4 x prizes of $1,000 for each student’s winning school (1 winner per year group)
                 -4 x prizes of $100 Prezzy Cards for each of the winning students (1 winner per year group)

Teachers, parents and students are encouraged to approach local quarries for a visit to attain information for their posters. If you would like assistance in organising a quarry visit in your area, please contact, or phone 021 074 5164.

How to enter
There are several options for submitting your entry:

    • Each student’s name, year and school must be on the entry
    • Email the poster to
    • For larger or multiple files, we recommend using WeTransfer, an easy and free option
    • Send a physical copy of the poster to Level 1, 93 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011

DISCLAIMER: All entries can be used for AQA’s future communications to members and the public.

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2022 Competition

The Brief: Students were encouraged to visit a local quarry and design a poster of an activity at the quarry, why the quarry is needed, and the benefits the quarry provides to the community.


Year 5 & 6 winners below from Owairoa Primary School, Auckland

Year 7 & 8 winners below from Lee Stream School, Otago:

Read all about their entries here.

2021 Competition

The brief was: Students were encouraged to visit a local quarry and write an essay of no more than 500 words describing their experience at the quarry and what they learnt during the visit.


Year 5 & 6 winners were from Puni School, Auckland, and a Year 8 winner from Oamaru Intermediate. There were no Year 7 entries this year.

Read all about their entries here.

2020 Competition

Students were to design a final use for a quarry that has finished extracting rock.

The brief was: You have been hired by a quarrying company called Big Rock Solutions. The company has completed extracting rock from its quarry and now wants to turn the quarry into an asset for the community. They want the land to be useful, and whatever it is turned into to be sustainable, environmentally sensitive and add value to the local community. Neighbours and others in the community need to be considered in whatever final use is designed for the site.


Two schools from the Waikato and Manawatū took away the prizes.

Read all about their entries here.

2019 Competition

The brief was: students had been hired by a quarrying company currently exploring the problem of what to do when energy produced by diesel and coal (both non-sustainable energy sources) runs out. The students were to design a solution for the production of aggregate, including crushing plant, and mobile vehicles such as loaders, excavators etc. for the 21st Century.


Two groups of boys from Fitzroy School in New Plymouth have taken out the prizes and were awarded by CEO Wayne Scott and MP Jonathan Young on Friday Oct 25th.

Read all about their entries here.




Aggregates are the most consumed bulk product in the world after water. New Zealand uses 9-10 tonnes of aggregate every year for each adult and child.


To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.


The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.