Award Endorsements

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Some of the country's top business people and artists recommend entering the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards. 


Creative New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright

“In theatre, dance, orchestras, opera, poetry – right across the arts, in fact – Pacific peoples are excelling and reaching the highest levels of recognition. In doing so, they are influencing New Zealand culture, our sense of identity as a Pacific nation and how we express that.”

“There is an abundance of artistic talent among Pacific youth. We are really looking forward to the judging process as the calibre of the candidates will be outstanding.”


 Southside Arts Festival Director Olivia Taouma

“Pacific young people are producing a significant amount of quality artwork, across the disciplines, in New Zealand right now. They are very urban and cutting edge, pushing boundaries and creating new narratives about who we are as Pacific New Zealanders.

"Yes, we are Pacific and they are proudly expressing that, but at the same time New Zealand is our home and through our work Pacific artists are helping to shape what it means to be a New Zealander. Creative Pacific youth are at the heart of this 'Urbanesia' identity.”

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Sir Peter Blake Trust Chief Executive, Shelley Campbell

“Great nations are challenged, stretched and reach their potential through great leadership.

“Pacific peoples are New Zealand’s fastest-growing community and more and more leaders of national significance will be Pacific. It is important that young Pacific leaders have a strong presence and voice at the table and this award is a great way of encouraging them to do just that.”


Leadership New Zealand Chief Executive, Sina Wendt-Moore

“The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards are a celebration of excellence in the Pacific youth community as a whole and Leadership NZ is excited to be part of supporting these young people to be everything they can be.

"We have some outstanding young leaders in our community and it is nice to be able to honour and celebrate them in this way and contribute to their development.”


Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Pauline Winter

“A successful New Zealand will be fuelled by successful Pacific peoples. This award celebrates young Pacific leaders who will help shape the future of this country.”