Kids’ Lit Quiz returns to the stage in Tauranga

Wayne Mills. Supplied photo.

The Bay of Plenty heats of the annual Kids’ Lit Quiz is back in Tauranga this week.

Tauranga Intermediate School will host the event on Thursday, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Due to COVID, the event has been postponed several times, but the competition is now pushing ahead, with a national final to be held in Wellington on November 15.

Kiwi quizmaster Wayne Mills started Kids’ Lit Quiz in a Hamilton community hall nearly 30 years ago and it has since grown to become the world’s largest literary event for children with heats across 11 countries.

National competitions were already completed this year in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada, United States, Nigeria and South Africa before COVID-19 struck.

Mills continued with the Australian heats of the competition online as the coronavirus took hold in March, and ran the final of the Indonesian competition online earlier this month.

With New Zealand now in Alert Level 1, the local competition is full steam ahead.

“I’ve had so many queries from kids who said they’d been reading their hearts out during the lockdown – more reading than what they would normally do – and can’t wait to put it to the test,” says Mills.

The event encourages students aged 10-13 years to read for pleasure, widening their range of books and celebrating their knowledge.

Schools enter a team of four students who train like athletes to compete in their regional final.

The teams are asked questions from all forms of children’s literature, ranging from classics to the contemporary, from nursery rhymes to comics, and from folk tales to myths.

The event is huge fun and competitors are at the top of their field - kids who were “born to read”.

“Kids still love books. As the pull of social media and other distractions is stronger than ever, reading can get overlooked and the value of reading for pleasure diminished. Kids’ Lit Quiz gives readers something to aim for and recognises their passion.”

More detailed information about the heats can be found at


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