New Zealand Youth Awards

The New Zealand Youth Awards 2018 are designed to recognise and celebrate the passion, success and commitment of rangatahi, and those that support them, who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealand Youth Awards 2018 Categories

The New Zealand Youth Awards recognise and acknowledge the diverse contributions young New Zealanders make to our society, with up to 20 Awards across six categories, including a Junior and Senior Supreme Award winner. These categories celebrate qualities such as leadership, inclusion and diversity, commitment to the environment, entrepreneurship, working for youth or being a youth champion. Young people will have demonstrated these qualities in areas such as, but not limited to, the arts, culture, education, the environment, health and well-being, research or sport.

Recipients will be presented with Awards in each of the following six categories:

The New Zealand Youth Award for Leadership: To recognise a young person, aged 12-24 years, who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in their community (this could be either a geographical location and/or community of interest).

The New Zealand Youth Award for Inclusion and Diversity: To recognise a young person, aged 12-24 years, 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 community of interest).

The New Zealand Youth Award for Commitment to the Environment: To recognise a young person, aged 12-24 years, who is making significant contributions in order to bring about environmental improvements and/or support sustainability.

The New Zealand Youth Award for Entrepreneurship: To recognise a young person (or group of young people), aged 12-24 years, who has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and/or social responsibility in business.

The New Zealand Youth Award for Working for Youth: To recognise a group of young people, aged 12-24 years, whose actions have specifically supported other young people in areas such as, but not limited to, the arts, culture, education, the environment, health and well-being, research or sport.

The New Zealand Youth Award for Outstanding Youth Champion: To recognise an individual, aged 12-24 years, or organisation, who has made a significant contribution to young people in areas including but not limited to, the arts, culture, education, the environment, health and well-being, research or sport. 

The New Zealand Youth Award Supreme Award 2018:

Junior category, aged 12-17 years - To recognise an outstanding young person, aged 12-17 years, who has tirelessly worked to advocate for and make a significantly positive contribution to address the current needs of young people in their community (this could be either a geographical location and/or community of interest).

Senior category, aged 18-24 years - To recognise an outstanding young person, aged 18-24 years, who has tirelessly worked to advocate for and make a significantly positive contribution to address the current needs of young people in their community (this could be either a geographical location and/or community of interest).

Who can be nominated for a New Zealand Youth Award 2018?

Anyone can nominate a young person they believe deserves recognition for their achievements. This includes community leaders, youth workers, parents, teachers and rangatahi themselves.

To be considered for a New Zealand Youth Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently living, and have lived in New Zealand for the past 12 months or more
  • Have participated in the activities they have been nominated for within the past 12 months
  • Be aged between 12 and 24 as at 15 March 2018.

How can I nominate a young person for an New Zealand Youth Award 2018?

Nominations open on Thursday 15 March and close at midday on Thursday 26 April 2018. The award winners will be formally recognised at a celebratory event hosted by Minister for Youth Hon. Peeni Henare at Parliament on 28 June 2018.

Before beginning your nomination, please ensure you have read and understood the criteria, and you have read about the six different award categories.

Prior to beginning your nomination, please make sure you have all the information and details you need:

  • Which award category you are nominating yourself/your nominee in (you may nominate the young person/group of young people in up to two categories)
  • Your/your nominee’s full name, email address, age, phone number and address
  • Any supporting information is saved/scanned, and ready to attach to your nomination.

You can nominate your nominee here.

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If you have any queries or questions please contact Eva Wyles on (04) 918 9554 or email nzyouthawards@msd.govt.nz.

 

New Zealand Youth Awards 2017 Recipients

The New Zealand Youth Awards 2017 winners were recognised and celebrated at a ceremony which took place on 11 April at Parliament. Trophies and certificates were presented to 50 young people and groups in recognition of their commitment to young New Zealanders in their communities.

Learn more about the recipients here.