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Te Whetū Maiangi Award for Young Achievers

Te Whetū Maiangi Award for Young Achievers is special recognition of outstanding New Zealanders aged 16 to 30 years who are striving to improve themselves and their communities, demonstrating the potential to contribute to a better future for our nation. This award promotes youth leadership by honouring and encouraging our leaders of tomorrow.

Julian Dennison
Laura O'Connell Rapira
Shay Wright


  1. Value of contribution to New Zealand society and impact on the local community, region and/or nation.
  2. Demonstrated in-depth understanding and commitment in a leadership capacity.
  3. Value of contribution in improving social, economic, and/or cultural outcomes for New Zealanders.
  4. Involvement in establishing and/or setting the direction of a not-for-profit group, organisation and/or cause.
  5. Length of service in their sector, paid and/or unpaid.
  6. Degree of difficulty in achievement and innovative, creative and thoughtful approaches to overcoming challenges.
  7. Concerted effort in working towards quality goals and outcomes.
  8. Demonstrated guidance, support, training and encouragement of peers.
  9. Involvement in wider youth development and programmes, paid and/or unpaid.
  10. Proven participation in courses, forums, conventions and/or community activities such as wānanga.


  1. Must be a New Zealand citizen or hold a Resident or Permanent Resident Visa.
  2. Must be available to attend the Matariki Awards 2017 gala ceremony – Friday 21 July 2017.
  3. Must be 30 years of age or under as at 30 November of the year nominated.
  4. Past winners of this award are ineligible.