Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

He Poutama Taitamariki Award (Youth Employee of the Year)

Ministry of Social Development He Poutama Taitamariki Award (Youth Employee of the Year) nominees, will be young people who have moved from receiving an MSD benefit into sustained employment.

This award focuses on the young person’s achievement in demonstrating excellence in their work, having made an outstanding contribution to their organisation, while also recognising the role of the employer in creating conditions for success and sustainability.


Nomination criteria:

Nominees must reside in Northland, or at a minimum attend education, training or employment in Northland.

  • Nominees should have previously been receiving an MSD benefit in the past 2-3 years
  • Nominees must have been in sustained employment for at least 12 months
  • Nominees must have a training and/or professional development plan created
  • The nominee inspires others to achieve and has made a significant life change as a result of sustained employment.

Nominees must be aged between 18 and 25 years of age on 1 July 2019.


To nominate yourself or another young person for this award, please complete the nomination form or submit a video entry below.
Video entries should include answers to the questions in the nomination form below, be a maximum of two minutes long, and no larger than 250MB.

Please note: one nomination per person.



About the Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) delivers public services for New Zealanders through:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • social policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • social housing assistance.

In Northland, the focus is on making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of Northland people, by supporting whanau to take the lead in shaping their future.

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