He tāoka, he koha, he kura pounamu
The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards was brought about through the vision of the late Tāua, Alva Kapa, a local Kāi Tahu educator. It was named as such because it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu (2001) and is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arai-Te-Uru.
The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago. Please note that the underlying objectives of these awards are to:
Various organisations, institutions, groups and members of our community have been involved in the Mana Pounamu Awards since its inception. In particular, we would like to acknowledge ongoing support from:
Who can be nominated for Mana Ponamu?
From each Otago secondary school, one junior (Yrs 9-11) AND one senior (Yrs 12-13) recipient can be nominated based on a broad range of achievements, which may include one OR many of the following areas :
School recipients Due: Friday, 9th September 2022, 12noon.
Mana Pounamu Awards Ceremony: Friday, 28th October 2022, Venue TBC
What documentation is needed?
The following information must be provided when filling in the online application form by Friday, 9th September 2022, 12noon.
Incomplete, late or paper applications WILL NOT be accepted.