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 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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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 awards made across six categories, including a Junior and Senior Supreme Award. 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 were presented with Awards in each of the following categories:

Leadership Award: 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).

Inclusion and Diversity Award: 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).

Commitment to the Environment Award: 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.

Entrepreneurship Award: 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.

Working for Youth Award: 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.

Outstanding Youth Champion Award: 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. 

Supreme Awards 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).