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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.

Categories will be announced soon. Applications are only open for a few weeks, so learn more below and apply!

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About the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards

PMPYA applications open on 16 June, 2021

Applications close at midday 14 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.

Apply online here
PMPYA closes at midday 14 July, 2021.

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.

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