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.

How do I make a nomination?

  1. Make sure the young person you want to nominate is eligible
  2. Fill out the Nomination Form (you can either download and print your form or fill it in electronically)
  3. Send your completed nomination by email or post.


Email your form to


Mail your form to:

Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards
National Office Communications
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
PO Box 1556
Wellington 6140

Be sure to get your nominations in by close of business 2 September 2019.

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Tips for a great nomination

Get the young person involved!

Being nominated is an achievement in itself and all nominees will be acknowledged. Where possible, include the young person you are nominating in your application process. They may want to write a letter, include things like their artwork, photos, and achievements at school.

Tell their story

The application should tell the story of the potential of the young person, rather than too much detail about their past.

Be creative

Include copies of certificates, photos and anything else that will make your young person really stand out. You can also include references from people like a teacher, sports coach, school principal or caregiver.

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about your nomination, read our FAQs or contact us at

Prime Minister's Awards FAQs