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​PCF supports Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards

News 11 Dec 2017

An exceptional International Pacific Scholar will be recognised at the 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, thanks to the support of Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).

First staged in 2010, the Awards hosted by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) provide an opportunity for high-achieving Pacific youth in New Zealand to be recognised for their contribution to the country by the Rt Hon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The Pacific community is one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in NZ, and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito Tofae Su'a William Sio says making sure this group thrive is crucial for the country’s economic and social outlook.

“The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards not only recognise and celebrate Pacific youth success, but they create a network of young emerging Pacific leaders, while showcasing Pacific talent to key stakeholders,” Minister Aupito adds.

The Awards are integrated with MPP’s youth engagement initiatives and are the Prime Minister’s opportunity to affirm her relationship with the increasingly vibrant Pacific community across NZ.

Awards will be presented in eight categories – Leadership and Inspiration; Community Star; STEM; Arts and Creativity; Commercial and Corporate; Business and Enterprise; Sport and Fitness; and the newly established PCF sponsored International Scholar Award.

Chief Executive Officer for PCF, Craig Strong says this award recognises a young person who epitomises the strong positive relationship between NZ and the Pacific Islands through their leadership, community service (both in NZ and home nation) and academic performance.

“This is an excellent opportunity to ensure high achieving scholars studying in New Zealand with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Pacific Scholarships are recognised for their hard work and dedication to accomplishing their dreams,” Craig adds.

Successful applicants must meet the general criteria, and they also need to be a current recipient of the NZ MFAT Pacific Scholarship; and a winner of the 2017 Top Pacific Scholar Award or equivalent awarded annually by all the NZ institutions involved with the NZ MFAT Pacific Scholarship.

The recipient of the PCF International Scholar Award will be presented with $10,000 to go towards their future endeavours.

Awards for other categories vary, from a diplomatic international experience, to paid summer internships and grants to support further study and career development.

Additionally, the 2018 award winners will also be offered personalised leadership development support.

With so many talented and gifted Pacific youth in every award category, individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for these prestigious awards.

Past award winners have gone on to gain highly visible roles and become proactive leaders throughout NZ.

Applications for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards open today and close February 6, 2018, ahead of the Awards ceremony, in March 2018 (date TBC).

Visit MPP for more information on how to apply.

(Picture caption: The 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards recipients.)