Being in Care

The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards

The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards celebrate care-experienced young people. They celebrate how far they have come but most importantly how much further they can go.

What are The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards?

These prestigious awards recognise the achievements and potential of young people in care and recognise how a life changing opportunity can make positive change to a young persons’ future.

They are held in December in Wellington at the Beehive and hosted by the Prime Minister.

The awards provide scholarships (valued up to $3,000) to help young people in care achieve their goals and aspirations for the future – whether that’s study, sport, following a passion, or developing their leadership skills.

We partner with a group of very generous sponsors who help make up to 20 scholarships possible every year.

Recipients of the Awards will be treated to a special celebration day in Wellington – with their nominator and a friend. Then they all attend the award ceremony where they meet the Prime Minister.

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Who can be nominated?

The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards are about the potential a young person in care has and how they may have proven this already. It's about giving them a step up to make positive changes for their future.

So you can nominate any young person who wants to make that positive change and is:

  • currently in care or youth justice, or has care experience within the last two years
  • aged between 15 - 21 years and
  • able to use the scholarship within 12 months.

Any young person who has been in the care of iwi, child and family services or Oranga Tamariki can be nominated.