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Who can be nominated for a Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki award, and how to make and submit a nomination.

Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards: Nominations open 2021

Nominate a deserving young person for The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards 2021


The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards 2021.


Social Worker:

The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards are an awesome experience,


Prime Minister:

And a great way to celebrate and lift up our rangatahi.


Young person:

If you know a young person who's in care - or has been in care –


Social worker (cont)

Who might be studying hard, has overcome adversity - has a vision - has dreams…


Prime Minister (cont.)

Then nominate them now!


Young person:

Selected Rangatahi will be flown to Wellington for an amazing experience – and of course …


Other young person:

The big awards ceremony!


Prime Minister:

Recognising our rangatahi for being awesome.


Young person:

Nominations are open now and close on August 27. Anyone can do it.



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 be proving this already. We are recognising their incredible journeys and offering support so they can continue to succeed and realise their ambitions for the future, despite their difficult start in life.

Any young person in care who is committed to their goals can be nominated. They must be:

  • aged between 15 and 21 years at the time applications are called for
  • in care or youth justice, or have experienced care within the last two years (within Oranga Tamariki or an iwi or NGO provider across New Zealand).

Who can make a nomination

Anyone can nominate a young person in care for an award. This includes all social workers, caregivers, teachers, support workers, and people from the community such as kaumatua, coaches or mentors. Nominators must be people who are positively and strongly involved in the young person’s life.

How to submit 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 the form or fill it in electronically).
  3. Gather supporting evidence and save this into a single file.
  4. Send your completed nomination and supporting evidence by email to:

Get your nominations in by 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021.

Download the nomination form

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:

Find out more on our Prime Minister's Awards FAQs page

Isys meeting PM
One of our 2019 award recipients speaking with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Published: July 9, 2021 · Updated: July 13, 2021