New Zealand Youth Awards

The 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the passion, success and commitment of young people, and those that support them, who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions throughout New Zealand.   

2017 New Zealand Youth Awards Recipients

Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye has announced the recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards. The winners were recognised and celebrated at a ceremony which took place on 11 April at Parliament. Trophies and certificates were presented by the Minister to 50 young people and groups in recognition of their commitment to young New Zealanders in their communities. She also acknowledged the many nominees for their dedication to other young people.

Read the Minister for Youth's announcement here.

Read more about the award recipients here.

Change Maker Award (LGBTI) recipients
Name  Location
Daniel Chiou Auckland
Ben Bridle   Hamilton
Quinn Fyers Auckland
Darcy Spraggs East Coast
Change Maker Award (Cultural) recipients
Name Location
Leah Bell Te Kuiti
Jo Mohan Dunedin
Kelly Young Dunedin
Jianan Wu Auckland
Shanara Wallace Wellington
Justice Hetaraka Auckland
Change Maker Award (Community Safety) recipients
Name Location
Te Rau Aroha Totoro Whangarei
Nina Griffiths Kaitaia
Chevron Hassett Lower Hutt
Abigail Chaytor Tauranga
Alexandra Groos Tauranga
Atia Irfan Auckland
Leadership Award recipients
Name Location
Casey Davies-Bell Dunedin
Manraj Rahi Wellington
Kristy McGregor Levin
Merenia Hudson Wellington
Latham Martin Hokitika
Giving Back Award recipients
Name Location
Eva McGauley Wellington
Fawzan Dinnunhan Dunedin
Marie Scott Hastings
Nikki Wheeler Christchurch
John Chen Auckland
Leo Munro-Heward Wanaka
Working for Youth Award recipients
Name Location
Bokyong Mun Dunedin
Emily Fan Auckland
Bevan Xiao Auckland
Damon Lillis Dunedin
Princeton Jackson Auckland
Youth with Disability Award recipients
Name Location
Jaden Movold Auckland
Holly Robinson Dunedin
Andrew Scott Auckland
Shane McInroe Christchurch
James Hollis Upper Hutt
Youth Group Award recipients
Name Location
Handle the Jandal Auckland
Kawerau Youth Council Kawerau
CanTeen for Listen Up Auckland
Tuakau Youth Centre Youth Leaders Tuakau
Raise Up - YMCA Auckland Auckland
Youth Champion Award recipients
Name Location
Ella-Ruth Clifford Porirua
Wesley Mauafu Christchurch
Taupiri Youth Group Taupiri
Toby Carr Auckland
Luka Wolfgram Auckland
Youth Enterprise Award recipients
Name Location
Ashutosh Sharma Auckland
Andrew Tang Wellington
Sharndre Kushor Auckland
Rees Vinsen Nelson
Rachel Ji Auckland

 

New Zealand Youth Awards Categories

The New Zealand Youth Awards recognise and acknowledge the diverse contributions young New Zealanders make to our society, with ten Awards across eight categories. These categories celebrate qualities such as leadership, giving back, being a change maker and young people who have supported youth activities in areas such as the arts, culture, sport or the environment. There are also awards for youth groups, individual young people or organisations that have supported or championed young people in any type of activity.

Award recipients will be presented with certificates and trophies in each of the following eight categories:

Change Maker Award (LGBTI) : For young people who have created positive change in, or for, the LGBTI community.

Change Maker Award (Cultural): For young people who have created positive change to foster cultural understanding in their community.

Change Maker Award (Community Safety): For young people who have created positive change, resulting in a safer environment for young people in their community.

Leadership Award: For young people who have demonstrated their leadership in a project or organisation.

Giving Back Award: For young people whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.

Working for Youth Award: For young people whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as including but not limited to, the arts, culture, the environment or sport.

Youth with Disability Award: For young people with a disability who have made a significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.

Youth Group Award: For a group of young people who have made a significant contribution to their community in areas including but not limited to, the arts, culture, the environment or sport.

Youth Champion Award: For an individual, 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, research or sport.

Youth Enterprise Award: For an individual or a youth-led enterprise which has demonstrated business acumen, innovation and/or social responsibility.

 

Who can be nominated for a New Zealand Youth Award?

Anyone can nominate a young person they believes recognition for their achievements this includes community leaders, youth workers, parents, teachers and young themselves.

To be considered for an New Zealand Youth Award (excluding the Youth Champion 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
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability, Youth Group and Youth Enterprise awards: have participated in activites they were nominated for outside of their regular study or work commitments
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability, Youth Group and Youth Enterprise awards: be aged between 12 and 24 as at 22 March 2017

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

2017 New Zealand Youth Awards

Nominations open on Tuesday 28 February and closed at midday on Wednesday 22 March 2017. The award winners were formally recognised at a celebratory event hosted by the Minister for Youth at Parliament on 11 April 2017.

More information and nomination forms can be found on the New Zealand Youth Awards website.

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