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Hawke's Bay schools do League In Libraries double

Two Hawke's Bay students have today been announced as the winners of the two major awards in the 2018 CSG League in Libraries story writing competition.

The primary category was taken out by Riana Foster from Parkvale School in Hastings with her story 'Vodafone Warriors and the Magic Slime' while Caspian Buxton from Eskdale School in Napier won the intermediate section with 'The Warriors, the Wizard and the other Wizard'.

It's the second straight year that Eskdale School has provided a winning story following Tiaki McArdle's 'An Eggcellent Adventure' in 2017.

The provinces also featured among the finalists in the schools' category this year with Bay of Plenty's Te Akau ki Papamoa School and Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa earning library visits. The other schools were all from West Auckland – Marina View Primary School in West Harbour, Flanshaw Road School in Te Atatu South and Peninsula Primary School in Te Atatu Peninsula.

We never cease to be amazed with the stories the pupils come up with

Petrece Kesha Vodafone Warriors community relations manager

"The quality of the entries from Hawke's Bay was tremendous with Riana and Caspian really standing out with their stories," said Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha.

"We never cease to be amazed with the stories the pupils come up with and this year is no exception."

Vodafone Warriors reading captain Albert Vete and fellow NRL forward Jazz Tevaga led a team from the Harvey Norman Community Warriors to officially tell Riana and Caspian about their wins today. The pair will now have their stories published in illustrated book form, joining the growing list of students who have become young authors through the long-running CSG League in Libraries competition.

The Harvey Norman Community Warriors will also schedule visits to Papamoa and Hamilton for library days and will also have a day for the three West Auckland schools.

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