New Zealand Youth Awards

The New Zealand Youth Awards 2019 are designed to recognise and celebrate the passion, success and commitment of rangatahi (aged 12 to 24 years), who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealand Youth Awards 2019 Open for Nominations

Nominations for the Awards are now closed.

This year, there are seven Awards categories. They are:

  • Te Manukura - Leadership Award
    • This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in their community (this could be either a geographical location and/or a community of interest).
  • Te Raukura - Inclusion Award
    • This award recognises a young person who has promoted diversity, cultural understanding and/or positive change for under-represented groups in their community (this could be either a geographical location and/or a community of interest).
    • Te Raukura refers to the feathers worn by the people of Parihaka.
  • Taiao - Commitment to the Environment Award
    • This award recognises a young person who is making significant contributions in order to bring about environmental improvements and/or support sustainability.
  • Mahi Tahi - Collective Award
    • This award recognises the outstanding contribution of both rangatahi and organisations working collaboratively as a team for the benefit of young people.
  • Auaha - Innovation Award
    • This award recognises excellence and original thought through social enterprise, inventing creative solutions to real world issues, or artistic endeavour.
  • Tūao - Volunteer Award
    • This award celebrates the passion, commitment and success of rangatahi who have made a significant contribution to their community through volunteering.
  • The Prime Minister's Exemplar Award
    • This award recognises a young person who has overcome adversity in order to succeed both personally and in their contributions to their community. This young person will have shown outstanding character and resilience, and be an inspiration to their peers.

We also received nominations from local, regional and national awards programmes to ensure that our most outstanding and committed rangatahi are recognised.

Nominations closed at midnight on Wednesday 15 May 2019. The award recipients will be formally recognised at a celebratory event hosted by the Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare at Parliament on Monday 24 June 2019.

Email the coordinator Neill Ballantyne nzyouthawards@msd.govt.nz for more information.

New Zealand Youth Awards 2018 Recipients

The New Zealand Youth Awards 2018 recipients were formally recognised at a celebratory event hosted by Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare at Parliament on 28 June 2018.

NEW ZEALAND YOUTH AWARDS 2018
LEADERSHIP AWARD
Latayvia Tualasea Tautai
Injy Johnstone
Kaitlyn White
INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY AWARD
Oliver Tapiki-Thorpe
Umi Asaka
Ranisha Chand
COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AWARD
E Wen Wong
Ranger Leary
Anya Bukholt-Payne
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
Social Enterprise Group - St John's College Hastings
Angus Grant
WORKING FOR YOUTH AWARD
Shine on Kaitāia Youth
Urutapu
The University of Auckland Muslim Students Association
OUTSTANDING YOUTH CHAMPION AWARD
Halberg Disability Sport Foundation
Maisy Bentley
NZ Blue Light Ventures Incorporated 
JUNIOR SUPREME AWARD
Ranisha Chand
SENIOR SUPREME AWARD
Injy Johnstone

Read the Minister for Youth's announcement here.

Read all about the Awards recipients here.

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