Award Categories and Prizes

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Applications for 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards close 6 February 2018. 


Air New Zealand - Leadership and Inspiration Award (supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

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This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities by leading a project in their community, church or school or has acted in a way that has inspired others to make a positive change in their own life or the lives of others.

The Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards has teamed up with Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade to offer a prestigious opportunity to intern at the New Zealand Embassy East West Post in Honolulu, Hawaii for a week.  

Upon jointly agreeing the 2018 travel time, the winner of the Air New Zealand Leadership and Inspiration Award will have the chance to attend targeted diplomatic events occurring in the post centred in the exciting Pacific Hub.

*Please note an itinerary will be drafted to suit the winner. Timing and availability will determine which leaders the winner meets during his or her visit. The trip must be undertaken in 2018. Please see Air NZ Terms and Conditions.


New Zealand Institute of Sport - Sports and Fitness Award



This category recognises a young person or group of young people for extraordinary achievement in their chosen sport or for making an outstanding contribution to sports and/or fitness and/or recreation in their community or industry.

New Zealand Institute of Sport is awarding two scholarships valued at $6,000 each for one year of tuition fees and course related costs. (Total $12,000).

The winner can redeem their award at the New Zealand Institute of Sport campus of their choice (Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch). 

Ako Aotearoa - STEM Award

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This award recognises a young person for significant academic achievement in STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and who has a track record of supporting the learning of others.

The successful entrant will win a paid internship to the value of $10,000 at a tertiary institution that they are enrolled in. The recipient will be involved in a range of activities to inspire and support Pacific youth to follow STEM-related career opportunities.


Auckland Council - Community Star Award

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Recognises a young person who has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of their local community. 

Auckland Council is awarding a three month paid intership to the value of $10,000


Creative New Zealand and Massey University - Arts and Creativity Award

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This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated a significant level of achievement in the arts or creative fields, or has used the arts or creativity to effect change in their community.

The winner of this category will receive $10,000 to fund a paid internship or residency with a New Zealand arts or creative organisation, a contribution to an approved arts or creativity-related course of study with Massey University at the College of Creative Arts, or put towards an approved arts or creative project (or a combination of these).

* The Ministry will need to agree on how the prize money is spent


Deloitte - Business and Entrepreneurship Award

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated entrepreneurial qualities through involvement in a business or social enterprise activity and is studying towards a degree.

The winner of this category will receive a paid internship with Deloitte valued at $10,000.


Pacific Cooperation Foundation – International Scholar Award

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This award recognizes a young person who epitomizes the strong positive relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands through their leadership, community service (both New Zealand and home nation) and academic performance.

Pacific Cooperation Foundation is awarding $10,000 to the top International Scholar.


BNZ - Commercial and Corporate Award (supported by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples)


 This award recognises a young person who has shown significant academic achievement or business activity in the fields of commerce, accounting, marketing, international business or similar.

The winner of this category will receive a $5,000 contribution to study, and a three-month paid summer internship with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples commencing December 2018.


leadership nzLeadership NZ provides the winners of each category a tailored leadership development programme designed to support and encourage them to develop their leadership skills.