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Congratulations to our 2017 Finalists

Tuesday 09 May 2017

Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education, today announced the finalists for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

"Every finalist and their community should take pride in what they’re doing and know that they are great examples of innovation and excellence to others throughout New Zealand and internationally.”, Ms Kaye says.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Announcing the 2017 Panel of Experts and Judging Panel

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the 2017 Panel of Education Experts and Judging Panel.

“I want to encourage every education service from early learning to senior schools, including Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, to make 2017 the year they enter the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. This is a fantastic showcase to demonstrate the real world impact education has on the whole community.” says Ms Parata.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Launching the 2017 Awards

Monday 17 October 2016

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the opening of the 2017 Awards.

“We’ve seen some truly inspiring entries over the past three years demonstrating the fundamental difference excellent teaching practice can make for kids. Previous entrants have said how proud these awards have made their schools and communities.” Ms Parata says.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2016 Winners

Tuesday 14 June 2016

The winners of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards were announced yesterday evening. The Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key presented the awards at a ceremony held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2016 Finalists

Tuesday 03 May 2016

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, today announced the finalists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

“Their entries showcase innovative and effective teaching practice and highlight the importance of teachers working together and with students and the wider community to ensure every child succeeds. They also highlight the importance of teachers basing their decisions on evidence.”, Ms Parata says.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Announcing the 2016 Panel of Experts and Judging Panel

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the 2016 Panel of Education Experts and Judging Panel. “Education is a partnership between students, parents, teachers and the wider community and this year’s panel exemplifies that partnership.” says Ms Parata.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Help with your entry

Monday 30 November 2015

Is your group thinking of entering the Awards? Get key information from our website to help you get started with your entry:
Resources to support your entry, information on presenting evidence, and a new FAQ section.

If you’d like to ask us a question, contact us on info@pmawards.education.govt.nz or call 0800 762 927.


Launching the 2016 Awards

Friday 6 November 2015

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the opening of the 2016 Awards. “The awards are a wonderful opportunity for those involved in the education of kids and young people to showcase their amazing work.

“Great teachers, great early childhood services and great schools transform lives. The awards celebrate the very best teaching and highlight the importance of strong leadership and community and parental engagement.” says Ms Parata.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2015 Winners

Wednesday 17 June 2015

The winners of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards were announced this evening. The Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key presented the awards at a ceremony held at Te Papa in Wellington.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2015 Finalists

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, today announced the finalists for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

“The awards, now in their second year, provide an opportunity to publicly recognise, celebrate and share the highly effective education practice we have in New Zealand and further lift the status of the teaching profession”, Ms Parata says.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Last Call for Prime Minister's Awards Entries

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Education groups, teams and partnerships throughout the country are being called to enter the prestigious 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which will celebrate outstanding educators in the community.

With just under a month until entries close, interest in the 2015 Awards is growing. Awards Judge, Linda Clark (Kensington Swan, Special Counsel), encourages all schools and early childhood centres to enter. “There are some incredible schools and early childhood centres in our communities, which make a huge difference in the lives of their pupils. These awards recognise and celebrate that”, she says.

Entries close at 5pm, 20 March and finalists will be announced in May 2015. Download the media releases here: Kerikeri High School, Nōku te Ao, Otumoetai Intermediate School, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Toybox on Rawhiti.


Announcing the 2015 Panel of Experts and Judging Panel

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the 2015 Panel of Experts and Judging Panel. “We need to continue to strengthen the value and status placed on the teaching profession and the Awards help to do this. By showcasing highly-effective teaching, they also drive improvement across the education sector”, says Ms Parata. 

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Hīkoi from Kerikeri to Otumoetai  for Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

Friday 12 December  2014

The 2014 Prime Minister’s Education Awards saw Kerikeri High School and Otumoetai Intermediate School become joint winners of the Teaching and Learning – Atatū Award. 

After six months with the Atatū trophy, Kerikeri High School held a poroporoaki (farewell ceremony) at the school to farewell the taonga on Friday 6 December. Then Principal Elizabeth Forgie, a kaumātua and kuia, hapū members, eight students, Te Kotahitanga facilitators, a board member and whānau embarked on a hīkoi to Tauranga.

On Monday, 8 December a pōwhiri was held at Otumoetai Intermediate with all of the school involved, as well as representatives of local iwi Ngāti Ranginui.

“Both Kerikeri High School and Otumoetai School have demonstrated some of the best that can be achieved for New Zealand’s learners, and they are deserving joint winners.

“The inaugural Awards were a great success. We have seen many fresh ideas and have learnt from all the finalists and winners from across the education sector. We have showcased some outstanding collaborations already, and look forward to seeing more from around the country in the 2015 Awards”, says Dr Graham Stoop, the Ministry of Education’s Deputy Secretary for Student Achievement and convenor of the 2014 judging panel.

Download the media release here.

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Launching the 2015 Awards

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, has announced the launch of the 2015 Awards. “They give us an opportunity to acknowledge some remarkable people and the work being done to deliver better educational outcomes for our children and young people”, says Ms Parata.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2014 winners

Wednesday 25 June 2014

The winners of the  inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards were announced this evening. The Prime Minister John Key presented the awards at a ceremony held in the Soundings Theatre at Te Papa in Wellington.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.


Congratulations to our 2014 finalists

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the finalists for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.“I want to acknowledge everyone who entered and congratulate those who have made it through as finalists,” says Ms Parata.

Read the full press release on the New Zealand Government website.

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