The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards are now in their fourth year after being launched on 31 August 2010 by Prime Minister Rt. Hon John Key. And this year, he’s on the hunt for more fabulous Pacific young people who are doing great things.
Five award categories are on offer to young Pacific New Zealand citizens and permanent residents aged 17-24, of any background, Pacific ethnicity and field of expertise.
Applicants may only apply for one category. [visit website]
Applicants must demonstrate a level of significant creativity in an area of the arts (e.g. graphic art, computer graphics, modelling (not NZ’s next top model) or sculpting) or have applied creative thinking to solve a problem in their community.
The winner of the Creativity Award receives a paid internship of up to one year at the award-winning WETA workshop in Wellington.
Applicants must be able to qualify for a Bachelor’s degree and show strong leadership qualities such as the ability to:
- motivate others
- take on significant challenges and meet them
- lead a project in the community, church or at school.
The winner of this category receives tuition fees to the value of $6,000 per annum, when accepted into one of the following University of Auckland study programmes:
- three year undergraduate programme
- two year Masters programme
- four year PhD.
Applicants act in a way that is an inspiration to others, for example:
- making a positive change in their own life or in the lives of others
- learning from their mistakes and overcoming adversity.
The winner of this category receives an inspiring, educational trip to an overseas destination to the value of $5,000. The trip and format will be agreed with the winner, COGITA Business Systems and the Ministry, and will contribute to the winner’s personal development as a leader in the Pacific community.
This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated innovative thought or action to solve an engineering challenge leading to an improvement in their community, church or school.
The winner of this category gains entry into Air New Zealand’s Aviation Institute’s first year pre-employment aircraft maintenance training programme with paid tuition and course costs to the value of $7,400.
This award recognises a young person who has used mobile technology to solve a problem for their community or used mobile technology to bring a community together.
The winner of this category receives a grant to scale up use of technology for social good and/or contribute to study in a complementary field to the value of $5,000.