About the awards

The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and potential of young people in care across New Zealand.

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Recognising the achievements of care-experienced young people realising their potential.

What are the Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards?

Highlights of The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards 2020


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


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Fancy meeting the Prime Minister?

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 big of mingling…

Then a chance to meet Prime Minister Jacinda Adern.



Getting an award and being recognised through all this is kind of… amazing.

Shane Young:

Whoa. These kids, these 27 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. XXX. You’re the bomb!



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Nominations open

Anyone can nominate any care-experienced young person in New Zealand for a Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Award.

Nominations open Wednesday 14 July and close Friday 3 September 2021.

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What are The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards?

The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards is an annual event recognising young people who have been in care in New Zealand.

The event is held in December and involves a full day of celebrating the award winners who come together with their nominator and social worker (or other support person) in Wellington. The day ends with an award ceremony hosted by the Prime Minister where scholarships are presented to each of the special rangatahi who have demonstrated incredible resilience to overcome challenges and achieve amazing things. 

The event is made possible every year by the generosity of the sponsors who offer scholarships. Scholarships valued from $3,000 help rangatahi further their passions to achieve their aspirations for their futures – whether that’s academic study or trade industries, creative development, following a passion, interest or sport, contributing to their communities or developing their leadership skills.

Published: July 9, 2021 · Updated: August 10, 2021