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What's your Journey?

Every Matariki, The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards give you an opportunity to share the journey of your school or ECE service, and to be recognised for what you’ve achieved so far to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Entering the Awards can lift your sense of achievement, bring whānau together, and even transform communities – as it already has for our previous finalists and winners.

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 Bring your story to life 

The process of entering the Awards is a unique opportunity to reflect on the achievements of your group, team or partnership – whether large or small – and tell your story so it can inspire others.

Hear from some of our previous finalists, winners, experts and judges, on how to tell your story.

Read the FAQs to learn more about the Awards.

The benefits of entering can help your school or ECE service as your journey continues, with feedback from our panel of experts, financial awards for finalists and winners, and more.

Find out more about the benefits of entering.

 The Awards categories 

The Awards take place during Matariki, a time of year when we look back on the journey to date and plan for what comes next. Each Awards category represents a stage of the sun’s journey towards the new dawn.

Find out more about the Awards categories.

 Take time out to share your story 

When you enter the Awards, you’ll be asked to share the story of your group, team or partnership – supported by evidence – in a way that allows our panel of experts and judges to understand and appreciate what you’ve achieved.

Get tips on telling your story.

Access resources to support your entry.

Learn more about how to present your evidence.


“Our success in the Awards has been incredibly humbling. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of the commitment that staff and the wider community have made to the education of our school’s young women.”

Rachel Williams
McAuley High School
Winner of the 2016 Supreme Award (Takiri Ko Te Ata)


“We feel a great sense of pride – having our school and early learning centre recognised as a finalist in these Awards has uplifted the mana of our entire community.”

Jacinta McInerney
Karanga Mai
2016 Education Focus Prize winner (Takatū Prize)



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