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.

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What awards are available?

Young people can be nominated for the following awards, which are valued up to $3,000:

Emerging Scholar

To help a young person pursue further study on completion of the high school year.

Funds can be used for:

  • course fees at a University or Technical Institute
  • course fees at an Industry Training Organisation (examples could include Building and Construction, Hair and Beauty, Tourism and Hospitality)

Environmental Pioneer

To help a young person engage with projects and organisations in the energy, environment and sustainability sectors contributing towards development and innovation.

Funds can be used for community activities, courses, forums, conferences or other training or educational opportunities.

Whakamana Tangata

Reflecting the outstanding contribution of a Māori rangatahi to their personal growth or the growth of their whānau or community.

This could include leadership or personal development courses, community activities, forums, conferences or other training or educational opportunities.

Inspiring Individual

To help a young person develop potential in a specific area by attending a sports academy, conference, course or educational programme.

Funds can be used for:

  • Sports coaching or sporting equipment
  • Spirit of Adventure programme, Toastmasters Youth Leadership Course, Youthtown skills build workshop, life skill workshops or a relevant conference
  • Creative and artistic skills with or portfolio specific tutoring, courses, art supplies
  • Educational trips arranged through schools or community groups
  • Personal development courses such as first aid, self-defense.

Trailblazing Tech

To help a young person to pursue their passion in the digital and technology sectors.

Funds can be used for:

  • Registration and attendance of industry specific events such as Techweek.
  • Purchasing specialised software or equipment to develop specific skills.

Star of the Community

To acknowledge a young person who are outstanding role models in their community, recognising their valuable contribution made to the welfare, vibrancy and diversity to help their community thrive.

Funds can be used for:

  • work with volunteer project groups enhancing the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their community
  • attending a local or international volunteer education programme
  • travel or other costs to access volunteer organisations or project teams who have set out to make a difference and have made a significant contribution and enhanced their cause.

GFS Scholarship (Outstanding young woman – greater Wellington region)

This special award is sponsored by the GFS (the Girls Friendly Society), a trust that has been around for over 130 years, originally set up to provide safe housing for young women settling in Wellington from England.

Thanks to GFS we are proud to offer a special award to an outstanding young woman, living in the greater Wellington region. This means she will live between Whanganui, Wairarapa and Wellington.

This will offer a young woman an award of up to $3000 each year to cover course costs for every year of study or training that she passes successfully for up to three years, or for the course of her study or training.

A representative from GFS will also meet up for coffee with the young woman a couple of times a year to ensure she is getting the help and support she needs.

Outward Bound Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of Outward Bound we are proud to offer up to five Outward Bound scholarships.

This will offer a young person the opportunity to complete an Outward Bound course and will cover full course fees. It does not include costs of travel or clothing or equipment required.

Who are Outward Bound?

Outward Bound are a not for profit trust who offer courses designed to inspire personal and social development and help participants to reach their full potential physically, mentally and emotionally. Courses involve expeditions at sea, in the mountains as well as community service and solo experiences.

Read more about Outward Bound