Celebrating Māori achievement in Otago Secondary Schools
He tāoka, he koha, he kuru pounamu

The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago.

Applications are now closed for 2022!


E te iwi e...tēnā tātou. E rere ana ngā mihi ki a koutou, tātou e noho motu ana ki tēnā kura, ki tēnā kura


Tēnā koutou e te whānau.  The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our ability to celebrate the Mana Pounamu Awards however, schools and communities heartened us for taking up the challenge to celebrate their Mana Pounamu recipients in your own unique ways. Kei ruka noa atu koutou. 

This year the Mana Pounamu Komiti are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our annual celebration evening of Mana Pounamu recipients on Friday 28th October 2022! 

Nominations for this award open Monday, 15th August 2022 and are open until Friday, 9th September 2022, 12noon, and can be made via the form on this website.  

As with previous years, we look forward to receiving your nominees as they continue to inspire us with their values and achievements and thank you for your continued efforts to prepare and empower all students for their further tertiary studies. 

The Web based application is now live!  https://manapounamu.org.nz/forms

We look forward to receiving your nominees as they continue to inspire us with their values and achievements. 


Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards honour rakatahi Māori

He tāonga, he koha, he kura pounamu


The annual Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ celebrating the vast and varied achievements of rakatahi Māori (Māori youth) in secondary schools across Otago.

Each October, Mana Pounamu acknowledges the many wonderful accomplishments of rakatahi Māori, and aims to inspire them to consider tertiary education as a natural progression. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase our future leaders, providing inspirational role models to other Māori youth across the province.


Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards

Alongside other colleagues dedicated to Māori education, the late Alva Kapa initiated the Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards in 2001. The celebration was bestowed the title of ‘Mana Pounamu’ as it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu.  Mana Pounamu is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arāiteuru, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Ministry of Education and the Otago Daily Times.

Mā te Atua e Manaaki


On behalf of the Komiti Kaiwhakahaere o  Mana Pounamu 2022

Mana Pounamu Committee

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