Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards 2020

Published: December 3, 2020

The achievements of twenty-seven care experienced young people were celebrated on December 2 at an awards ceremony and special afternoon tea with the Prime Minister.

Highlights of the Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards 2020


The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards 2020 – video transcript

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For this year’s awards, 27 care-experienced rangatahi from all over Aotearoa and their carers and supporters gathered in Wellington for a huge day.

The rangatahi were recognised for their achievements in an official ceremony featuring MC Anika Moa, motivational speaker Dr Paul Wood, UFC featherweight Shane Young plus a live set from BENEE.

There was even some impromptu dancing… a bit of mingling… then a chance to meet Prime Minister Jacinda Adern.

Award recipient:
“Getting an award and being recognised through all of this is kind of amazing.”

Shane Young:
“Whoa. These kids, these twenty seven kids have got through to this one person. For that kids – I thank you! Ka kite anō.”

“Huge shout-out to everyone. All of the award winners – you guys are insane! Congratulations. You’re the bomb!.”

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End of transcript.

Celebrating our rangatahi

Twenty-seven care-experienced young people from around Aotearoa travelled to Wellington alongside their support people to be recognised for their achievements and potential as they move forward into the next exciting phase of their lives.

The day started off with brunch, with the group then travelling to Parliament for the awards ceremony in the Banquet Hall before the highlight of the day for many - afternoon tea and a chat with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Beehive.

MC Anika Moa closes the awards ceremony
MC Anika Moa closes the awards ceremony

The awards ceremony

The ceremony was hosted by Anika Moa who helped put the slightly nervous crowd at ease with laughter and impromptu songs. Minister for Children Kelvin Davis and Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Gráinne Moss spoke and presented the awards alongside the generous sponsors.

The attendees also heard from motivational speaker Dr Paul Wood who spoke of his own personal transformation and how he achieved his goals and international sporting star Shane Young shared his personal journey to success and encouraged all the award winners to never stop dreaming about what they want to achieve.

Guests were also treated to a performance from young Kiwi music star Benee who performed two of her biggest hits and posed for photos with excited award winners in the photobooth.

Scholarships for the young people were possible due to the generosity of our sponsors Blue Star Group, Lifewise, Outward Bound, Spark, Sysdoc, Team Cabling, Tranzit Coachlines, Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, Youth Horizons, Barnardos, Open Home Foundation and advocacy service VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai.

Benee performs at the Prime Ministers Oranga Tamariki Awards
Benee performs at the Prime Ministers Oranga Tamariki Awards

Looking to the future

It’s special to be able to recognise each recipient for their strength, resilience and the amazing journey that’s ahead of them.

Each recipient will be supported by VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai and a kaiwhakamana (mentor) to help guide them to make decisions about their scholarship. 

We hope the scholarships will help them achieve the personal goals they have set for themselves. Congratulations to everyone and good luck for the next steps toward what will no doubt be exciting futures!