The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference support the Tu Kahikatea Awards. Around New Zealand, the awards are judged based on one national criteria but are promoted, decided and awarded locally by the Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Ministry Team and/or Commission.
The Awards are about recognising the gift that youth and young adults are to the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thanking them for the outstanding contributions they make to their community. They are named after the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference statement – Tu Kahikatea: Standing Tall – A Framework for Catholic Ministry with Young People in Aotearoa New Zealand (see www.catholic.org.nz for a copy).
Click here to download a Nomination form
Click here for a copy of an example of a nomination form
Nominations open on 1 September each year and close on 1 November.
To view a list of previous years recipients open this document: Previous-Tu-Kahikatea-Award-Recipients.
A photo of the 2019 Award Recipients present on the night is shown below:
Gene Paul Kiely
Tutangata Tikiora Ama
Lise-Marie Von Schmidt
Patrick Fautuali’i Taia
Moniquw Weijamars Fautuali’i