PMOT Award categories

The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards celebrate care-experienced young people. There are several award categories – each award is valued from $3,000.

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Ngā momo taonga – Available awards

Young people or rangatahi can be nominated for the following awards, valued from $3,000:

Te Ihumanea – Academic Go-Getter

This award supports a young person who is keen to pursue tertiary study on completion of a successful high school year.

Funds can be used for course fees to secure a qualification such as a certificate, diploma, graduate or post-graduate degree at a:

  • university
  • whare wānanga
  • technical institute
  • industry training organisation.

Te Rakahinonga Auaha – Creative Entrepreneur

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated a significant level of achievement in the arts or creative fields or has used arts or creativity to effect change in their community.

Funds can be used for:

  • pursuing performing arts including kapa haka, entertainment, events, graphic design, fashion design, dance, music, fine arts, film, acting and theatre, raranga weaving
  • an internship or to attend a wānanga course, academy or short-term course, tertiary institute, drama school or theatre studies and anything similar that supports development in this area.

Te Mahi ā-Rehe – Skills and Technology Achiever

This award recognises a promising and competent young person who works well with their hands and is very keen on the trade industries.

The range of apprenticeships and qualifications on offer is as extensive as the industries who provide structured on-the-job learning. Though some qualifications can be done in a classroom setting, many of them are designed to be achieved by working actively in the role.

Funds can be used for a selection of industries providing vocational learning and include:

  • building and construction
  • community support services
  • engineering, manufacturing, civil construction, electricity supply and transmission, water, telecommunications
  • communications and media
  • maritime and rail transport
  • hairdressing, barbering and beauty
  • textile fabrication
  • agriculture and horticulture, dairy manufacturing, meat processing and seafood
  • energy and chemical plant
  • tourism, travel and hospitality
  • sports, fitness and recreation
  • plumbing, gas fitting, drain laying and roofing
  • financial services
  • local government, public sector
  • ambulance, emergency management and fire services.

Te Karahipi Wheako Taiao – Outward Bound Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of a 21-day Outward Bound course.

Outward Bound is an opportunity to learn through experience and helps young people reach their full potential through challenge in the outdoors. The classroom is the mountains, bush and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and the courses are based on real adventure. The experiences are physical, mental and emotional, and no previous outdoors experience is needed to participate.

Travel to Picton and the cost of a doctor’s appointment are additional. Outward Bound provides all the specialist outdoor equipment and gear; they also can lend attendees a number of items. However, there may be some clothing costs related to the course.

Read more about Outward Bound

Te Iho Pūmanawa – Whakamana Tangata

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to their whānau, community, church or school, or has acted in a way that has inspired others through their language and culture to make a positive change in their own life or the lives of others.

Funds can be used for:

  • leadership or personal development courses
  • internships with community trusts and organisations
  • advocate programmes.

More information

Find out more information about eligibility criteria, how scholarship funds can be used, and nomination instructions here:

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Published: July 9, 2021 · Updated: November 17, 2021