AIMES awards submissions closing on 19 January 2024

The acronym AIMES stands for:
ARTS - INNOVATION (Science & Technology) - MUSIC - EDUCATION - SPORT - SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust awards grants annually through the AIMES Awards to outstanding young people, aged 13 to 25, who are achieving excellence in these sectors. Since the North Harbour Club's inception in 1995, over $3 million worth of AIMES Awards grants have been made, making the club one of the largest donors to individuals in New Zealand.

                           aPPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED                      

Update 28 February 2024

Please be advised that the Judges are still deliberating, and we will be in touch with all applicants within the next 2 weeks. 

AIMES AWARDS CATEGORIES 

ARTS
Sponsored by
ASB
INNOVATION

(Science & Technology)

Sponsored by
bridgewest
MUSIC
Sponsored by
Yamaha Home Entertainment
EDUCATION
Sponsored by
Kristin School
SPORT
Sponsored by
AUT Millennium
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Sponsored by
Albany Toyota

AIMES AWARDS

The AIMES Awards are our top awards with a winner selected in each category. Recipients of these awards are aged between 13 and 25. An AIMES Supreme Award Winner is then selected from these recipients every year to receive the Sir Peter Blake Trophy. Sir Peter was the founding patron of the club in 1995.  Six AIMES Award category winners received $15,000 each in 2023, with the Supreme Winner receiving a total of $30,000.

Congratulations to our 2023 AIMES Award Winners (above L-R). Alexia Hilbertidou (Innovation), Cameron Gray (Sport, Swimming), Zoe Hobbs (Sport, Athletics & Supreme), Spencer Potbury (Service to the Community), Jannik Wittgen (Ross Finlayson Award), Tayla Alexander (Music, Singing), Joshua Kirk (Judges Special, Conductor), Asa Waller (Arts, Ballet). Absent Lily Holloway (Education, Poet)

EXCELLENCE SUPPORT PROGRAMME

This year, as well as the grant funding our recipients receive, we will also be supporting our winners (past and present) with an 'Excellence Support Programme' providing ongoing support, resources, training and use of facilities. We are incredibly grateful to our sponsor Precise Homes for seeing a need to wrap support around our young people in their future endeavours.


ross finlayson award

Sponsored by Alvarium Wealth
A legacy award honouring the Founding President, Ross Finlayson. This special award is presented annually to a talented young person highlighted by the judging panels as having strong leadership qualities.

Jannik Wittgen was Emerging Talent Winner in 2021.  This year Jannik was awarded the 2023 AIMES Ross Finlayson Award and will be participating in an Outward Bound course.

Jannik hopes to continue the legacy of Ross Finlayson and says that his long term aim is to create positive change through his leadership.


AIMES Emerging Talent Awards

AIMES EMERGING TALENT AWARDS

Sponsored by Bellingham Wallace

Emerging Talent Awards recognise individuals whom have applied for AIMES Awards and display considerable promise. Many of our Emerging Talent Award winners go on to win AIMES Awards in following years. Seven AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipients received $7,500 each.

Congratulations to (L-R):  Rico Bearman representative (Sport), Henry Meng (Music), Sarina Todd (Innovation), Luke Sipkes (Sport), Maggie Squire (Sport), Sienna Going (Arts), Anja Filip (Service to the Community).



AIMES Scholarships

Sponsored by Vantage Windows & Doors North Shore

Due to the amazing talent displayed by our up and coming young people, we introduced a Scholarship category.  Exclusively for those applicants aged 13-18 years, they were awarded $3,000 each. These awards are the first stepping stone of our AIMES Awards pathway.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners (L-R):  Jaden Movold (Sport), Lauren Wycherley (Arts), Benji Groen (Arts), Isabelle Ning (Sport), Yuzhang Wu (Music), Madeleine Xiao (Music), George Lee Rush representative (Sport), Seb Menzies representative (Sport), Shan Liu (Music). Absent: Alfie Steedman (Sport)

APPLYING FOR AN AWARD

Applications for our AIMES Awards, AIMES Emerging Talent Awards and AIMES Scholarships are made online.

Applications for the 2024 Awards will open on 21st August 2023 and close on Friday 19th January 2024 at 5:00pm

Applications for our AIMES Awards, AIMES Emerging Talent Awards and AIMES Scholarships are made online and is open on Monday 17 October 2022 . Applications will remain open and will need to be SUBMITTED by 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023.

APPLY NOW FOR THE 2023 AIMES AWARDS

All applications this year are though Google Forms so you will need a Google Account to access the application form.
Email Christine Glover on events@northharbourclub.co.nz or text message to 021 963 421 if you need more information.


Please note you will need a Google Mail account to access the form if you don't have one you will need to create one. Any issues please contact Christine at events@northharbourclub.co.nz or phone 021 963 421

After applications are closed a team of Judges – including North Harbour Club Trustees, Members and invited specialists with experience across the categories – convene to determine our winners. This process takes approximately 2 months and will involve interviews and dialogue with those shortlisted.

ALL applicants will be contacted AFTER the interviews have taken place to be advised of their progress. Awards are presented at our very special award functions, scheduled to be held at the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 7th June, 2024 at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna.  The AIMES Emerging Talent & Scholarship Awards will be held on Thursday 13 June, 2024 at the B:Hive, Smales Farm.

**Please note that previous winners are invited and encouraged to apply, however they must follow the pathway - Scholarship > Emerging Talent > AIMES Awards > AIMES Supreme Winner. Applicants can apply once they have reached the next level. ie: Emerging Talent/AIMES Awards winners can apply after relevant achievements following their awards**

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APPLICATION CRITERIA

To be eligible to apply for an AIMES Award, applicants must:-

  • Be aged between 13-25 years as at 19 January 2024.
  • Have lived in the North Harbour region and/or can demonstrate a strong affiliation with the North Harbour region for a period of not less than three calendar years.
  • Be able to demonstrate the achievement of excellence in their chosen field.
  • Be able to complete all sections and meet the expectations of the application form in full as requested.

EVERY AIMES AWARD RECIPIENT RECEIVES

  • Grant Fund
  • NHC and AIMES Alumni Connections Service
  • Continued help and support by the North Harbour Club including promotion of future achievements
  • Invitations to all future AIMES Awards Network events held in New Zealand and Overseas

AIMES WINNERS NETWORK

With the AIMES Awards programme having been in place for well over 25 years, the club has a strong network of past winners. Click here to discover more about the network and our past winners…


Thanks to the ongoing support of our fantastic sponsors