Awards FAQ

I want to apply for an Award, how can I do this?

Applications are now closed for the 2019 awards, results will be advised later in July.

Can I apply for more than one Award?

Applicants may only apply for one category! Click here to find out more about the different Awards and their criteria.

What are the criteria to enter?

With the exception of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation International Scholar Award applications are open to those who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Pacific descent, and aged between 17-24 years at the time applications. Check out our Terms & Conditions for full entry criteria.

If I applied for an Award last year, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply more than once for the relevant award, if you have not previously been a winner.

Can I apply for an Award if I'm currently residing overseas?

Sure, you can enter any category so long as you meet the criteria and eligibility requirements, and you have not won an Award.

Can I still apply if I don’t have any Pacific lineage?

With the exception of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation International Scholar Award the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA) are for young Pacific New Zealanders only.

Can I find out about winners from previous years?

You can. All past winners are listed. Go to Latest News on the left, click on Past winners

Why does the Prime Minister run these Awards?

The Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards recognise and reward high-achieving young Pacific New Zealanders, who will play a growing part in the New Zealand of the future. These awards are designed to motivate, celebrate and inspire young Pacific people.

How do I know my application has been accepted?

You will receive a confirmation email at the email address you provided on your application. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please remember to check your spam folders. Otherwise, email us at [email protected] and we'll follow up your application for you. 

Do I have to provide supporting documents with my application?

Yes. Applicants are required to provide two written references of 250 words each to support applications.

How can I remove my application?

You can write or email us with the subject 'withdraw my application' if you wish to remove your application. Include your request, name and details and our project team will be in touch.

When are the finalists/recipients announced?

Recipients will be announced at the PMPYA celebration in August 2019.

Is there a place where Award recipients can keep in touch with each other and update everyone on their progress?

Tell us on Facebook! See what other applicants and recipients are doing, and showcase your thing as well. You can also use the hashtag #PMPYA on Twitter and Instagram.