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Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA)

Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA)

PMPYA celebrates success and rewards outstanding achievement by Pacific young people in Aotearoa. Apply now for 2021!

Pacific young people are a fast growing and diverse group, with over 50% being younger than 25 years old. We encourage any Pacific young person creating a positive impact in their chosen field between the age of 17 and 24 to apply.

Since the launch of PMPYA in 2010, the awards have helped to enhance the journey for extraordinary individuals who have progressed into careers ranging from engineers and scientists to chief executives, lawyers, international artists, and academics to name a few.

Applications are now closed for 2021.

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About the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards

PMPYA applications open on 16 June, 2021

Applications close at 5pm on 25 July, 2021

Shortlisted applicants are notified and interviewed online from late July 2021

The PMPYA awards ceremony is on 31 August, 2021

To be eligible for PMPYA, applicants must:

  • Be 17-24 years of age at the time of submitting their application.
  • Be of Pacific descent.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
  • Have created a positive impact in their chosen field in the last 12-24 months.
  • Demonstrate that they are involved in the Pacific community.
  • Be able to provide character references from two independent referees of appropriate standing (e.g., a minister, school teacher, youth worker, community leader, employer etc). Referees must not be related to you e.g. a cousin, parent etc.

Once you have applied we will assess your application, and if your application is progressed you will be allocated and shortlisted for an award category.

We will be screening applications as we receive them in order to move swiftly after the applications have closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by late July 2021, and online interviews will take place in the two weeks following.

If you are successful, you will be required to be in Wellington between Monday 30 August and Wednesday 1 September. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

Applications are closed for 2021.

If you need more information about PMPYA 2021, email [email protected] 

Award categories

Shortlisted applicants will be allocated to an award category based on their application.

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities by leading a project in their 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.

The winner of this category will receive a paid internship with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples valued at $10,000.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples are delighted to support an exceptional young person for the work they are doing to support our languages and culture. For it is work like theirs that will provide an important bridge between young peoples’ story as Pacific Islanders and their place in modern Aotearoa.

This award recognises a young person who has shown significant academic achievement or business activity in the fields of commerce, accounting, marketing and/or international business.

The winner of this category will receive a paid internship in Wellington with Deloitte, valued at $10,000.

Deloitte is privileged to be a category sponsor of the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards. As a firm, we aim to make an impact that matters in the communities and markets in which we operate.

Helping to celebrate and encourage the success of young people is one important way we look to do this.

This award recognises a young Pacific person who is passionate about teaching and has Pacific language skills and cultural competencies.

The winner of this category will receive an allowance valued at $10,000 during the 2021 or 2022 academic year towards the cost of course fees.

The Ministry of Education and Teach NZ are committed to increasing the number of Pacific teachers to help make a positive difference to the future of Pacific students.

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated entrepreneurial qualities through involvement in a business or social enterprise activity.

The winner of this category will receive a business grant valued at $10,000

For Pacific Business Trust (PBT) it is an absolute honour to support the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards. The future lies with our youth. Being able to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our Pacific youth is of the utmost importance. We are very proud to continue our association with the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards.

Arts and Creativity - This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated a significant level of achievement in the arts or creative fields, or has used the arts or creativity to effect change in their community. The winner of this category will receive $10,000 to fund an approved arts or creativity-related course of study with Massey University at the College of Creative Arts or put towards an approved arts or creative project.

Creative NZ sponsors  of the the Arts and Creativity Award in conjunction with Massey University as it’s an opportunity to further encourage and promote New Zealand’s abundance of young Pacific creative talent. Creativity is at the heart of successful, strong and prosperous communities.

The recipients of the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards are truly the stars of the Pacific, shining a light on their chosen pathways. At Massey University, we recognize the exciting and creative opportunities that exist in providing support for the rich cultural contribution that talented young Pacific leaders can provide both their communities and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

This award recognises a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities by leading a project in their community, church or school or has acted in a way that has inspired others to make a positive change in their own life or the lives of others.

Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are proud to support the potential of Pasifika youth through the Leadership and Inspiration Award.

This award recognises a young person who has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of their local community.

Understanding and responding to the needs of our communities is at the heart of what Auckland Council does. We are thrilled to recognise the significant contribution a young person has made to their community through the Community Star Award.

This award recognises a young person who epitomises the strong positive relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands through their leadership, community service (both New Zealand and home nation) and academic performance.

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) is committed to leadership development across the Pacific region. Since 2003, PCF has nurtured hundreds of emerging leaders from Pacific Island countries from Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea in the west, across to Tahiti in the east and all Pacific countries in between. This includes over sixty international undergraduate scholars placed into internship programmes with PCF partners. Our vision is for enabled and connected regional leaders.