April 2017: These awards are available for talented young people who are excelling in a range of disciplines, including art and culture, education, environment, community and sport, and who wish to develop their potential.
Applicants must be aged between 12 and 25 years of age as at 1 January of the year in which application is made, and currently reside in the Rotorua or Taupo district communities.
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. The same applicant could win an award in consecutive years. Applicants must not have professional status, ie be paid to compete or take part in their chosen discipline.
Each award will have a maximum value of $5,000 and a minimum value of $1,000. Award/s may be presented to one individual or up to a total of five individuals