The Pou Herenga Tangata Award is targeted to support rangatahi Māori who are active in, or aspire to, community leadership. It is an annual fund of $25,000 (consisting of five $5,000 awards) that aims to support rangatahi Māori.
Successful recipients will be rangatahi, or organisations, that embody and promote the characteristics invoked by the term Pou Herenga Tangata; a pillar that binds people together, within their community, whānau, hapū or social group.
In Te Ao Māori, rangatira are often extolled for their ability to bind people together. In this way, they are likened to a mooring post upon which many waka may tie their lines. Through their steadfast nature and values-driven actions, these pillars bring communities together.
This award recognises the contributions of Norm Dewes to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust, and to his community. These contributions have taken different forms throughout his close association with the Trust; as a founding Chair, a Trustee, and as a staunch advocate for Māori living the urban experience.
Matua Norm has, in his many decades of service to his community, embodied this award. The post to which people bind their mooring ropes, providing stability in unity.
Successful Pou Herenga Tangata awardees will be rangatahi Māori (ages 16-24) or community organisations who are supported by their community and meet the following criteria:
The award’s core purpose is to support rangatahi Māori to deepen their connection and contribution to their community.
Applicants are to be Māori individuals between 16 years to 24 years of age residing in Aotearoa who aspire to serve their community.
In the case of organisations, programmes identified for support must be co-designed and/or supported by the community and demonstrate clear connectivity towards the Trust’s impact outcome of creating “future leaders armed with ancient wisdom”.
Applicants that fall under the organisational category must be non-government organisations that are based in Aotearoa (including Marae). They must be recognised as Tier 4 entities (as defined here). An oganisation can also be a collective of Māori individuals who have come together and meet the requirements of this category. This award is not applicable to government organisations or agencies.
To apply for this award, fill out the online application form below and supply the following documents: