Make an Award nomination

See the eligibility criteria and submission process, and find tips for making a great nomination.

Anyone can make a nomination

Anyone can nominate a young person in care for an award if they are positively and strongly involved in the young person’s life. This includes all social workers, caregivers, teachers, support workers and people from the community such as kaumatua, coaches or mentors.

How to submit your nomination

  1. Talk to the young person you would like to nominate.
  2. Select the award category you think suits them best.
  3. Download and complete a nomination form. There is a separate form for the Outward Bound scholarship.
  4. Collect your supporting material – you might like to do this with the young person’s help.
  5. Send your nomination form and supporting material to

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about your nomination, feel free to contact us at:

Read tips on how to make a great nomination


The nomination form for 2023 will be available here in June.

Next steps

When you send your nomination to us, we will let you know we've received it.

After the nomination period has closed, a selection panel made up of representatives from our partner organisations and Oranga Tamariki governance groups will meet to review the award nominations.

Once award recipients have been selected, you will receive a call from our team to let you know if your nomination was successful and to discuss next steps.

All nominees will be acknowledged, even if they don’t receive an award. Being nominated is a mark of excellence and it’s important to recognise the young person’s achievements and aspirations.

We will stay in touch about plans for celebrations, and information packs will be sent to recipients and their nominators. If there are any further questions you can email them to

One of our 2022 award recipients getting a photo with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Published: July 9, 2021 · Updated: May 30, 2023