Award categories

Scholarships are given across five award categories aimed at supporting the skills, talents or aspirations of young people.

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Award categories

Young people or rangatahi can be nominated for the following awards, valued from $3,000:

Te Ihumanea – Academic Go-Getter

This award recognises a young person who is excelling in academic pursuits and who shows determination to pursue further study outside of high school.

Funds can be used for any costs related to study, such as course fees, equipment or books, and halls of residence. This could include study at:

  • university
  • whare wānanga
  • technical institute
  • industry training organisation
  • other courses or learning opportunities

In previous years young people have said they would put this scholarship towards training to become early childhood educators, flight attendants, sports and exercise professionals, police officers, social workers and tourism managers.

Te Rakahinonga Auaha – Creative Entrepreneur

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

Funds can be used for any costs related to this. This might include::

  • Pursuing performing arts including kapa haka, dance, music, film, acting or theatre
  • Gaining experience in other fields such as events, graphic design, fashion design, fine arts, raranga weaving etc.
  • Setting up a business in a creative field
  • Anything similar that supports development in this area

In previous years, young people have put this scholarship towards buying a special guillotine for a card-making business, and purchasing a camera lens to pursue photography.

Te Mahi ā-Rehe – Skills, Technology and Trades Achiever

This award recognises a promising and skilled young person who works well with their hands and is enthusiastic about a trade or technology industry.

This scholarship is designed to support hands-on, practical or vocational learning – which may not be taught in a classroom environment.

Funds can be used for any costs related to trades, technology or vocational learning. This could include:

  • Trades (such as construction, plumbing, roofing, electrical, drain laying, engineering etc.)
  • Agriculture and horticulture (such as farming, dairy, fencing, viticulture, beekeeping etc.)
  • Software engineering, coding, web design, robotics
  • Tourism, travel, hospitality, catering and cooking
  • Sports, fitness and recreation
  • Hairdressing, barbering, nails and beauty
  • Emergency management, paramedic and fire services

In previous years, young people have used this scholarship to complete a nail and lash technician course, purchase tools for sheep shearing and fencing, and to take barista training.

Te Karahipi Wheako Taiao – Outward Bound Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of a 21-day Outward Bound course.

The Outward Bound methodology is one of experiential learning – learning through doing. In practice that means participants taking responsibility over the challenge ahead of them, whether that’s leading the way on an expedition or managing their team to complete a kayak journey.

The focus lies in building transferable skills and attitudes that remain far beyond a participant’s time on the course. The young person doesn’t need advanced skills or experience in the outdoors, but they should have a general interest in participating in this course.

Recipients would need to cover travel to Picton and the cost of a doctor’s appointment. Outward Bound provides all the specialist outdoor equipment and gear, and they can lend attendees a number of items. Participants would need enough warm, outdoor clothes to last the full course.

Read more about Outward Bound

Te Iho Pūmanawa – Whakamana Tangata

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to their whānau, community, church, school or peers.

Usually recipients of this award have inspired others - through their leadership, advocacy, language or culture - to make a positive change in their own life or the lives of others.

Funds can be used for any costs related to boosting the young person’s contributions in this area. This might include:

  • Leadership or personal development courses
  • Preparing for internships or presentations
  • Attending conferences or speaking events
  • Advocacy programmes

In previous years young people have used this scholarship to become young leaders in whakairo (carving) and midwifery, and to support their role as a youth advocate and board member by purchasing a home office setup.

More information

Find out more information about eligibility criteria, how scholarship funds can be used, and nomination instructions here:

Make a nomination for the PMOT Awards

If you have any questions about the Awards, feel free to contact us at: PrimeMinistersAwards@ot.govt.nz

Published: July 9, 2021 · Updated: July 22, 2022