The acronym AIMES stands for:
ARTS; INNOVATION; 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 $2.7 million worth of AIMES Awards grants have been made, making the club one of the largest donors to individuals in New Zealand.
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 2021, with the supreme winner receiving a total of $30,000.
Congratulations to all our AIMES Award Winners. Zoe White (Arts & Supreme Award), Murdoch Thomson (Innovation), Christine Haeun Lee (Music), Jae Jun Kim (Education) - absent from photo, Alicia Hoskin (Sport), Oscar Thomas (Service to the Community), Tayla Alexander (Ross Finlayson), David Paligora (Special Judges Award).
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 endeavors.
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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.
Tayla Alexander was our Junior Excellence Winner in 2014 and Emerging Talent Winner in 2019. This year Tayla was awarded the AIMES Ross Finlayson award and will be studying with Luca Mangi and David Kelly, and she is also contracted with the New Zealand Opera Company.
Tayla hopes to continue the legacy of Ross Finlayson and inspire other young, capable leaders to make their dreams a reality.
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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. Six AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipients received $7,500 each.
Congratulations to: Jannik Wittgen (Education/Service to the Community), Oliver Cain (Arts), Lauren Towns (Music), Shuan Liu (Music), Liam Wright (Music), Joshua Kirk (Music), Ben Old (Sport).
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Due to the amazing talent displayed by our up and coming young people last year we introduced a new 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: Lily Woods (Education/Service to the Community), Janayah Wadsworth (Music), Alice Jones (Music), Arlo Feeney (Arts), Caitlin O'Reilly (Sport), Chantelle May (Sport), Lewis Bower (Sport), Greer Morley (Sport), Melissa Cowen (Sport).
Applications for our AIMES Awards, AIMES Emerging Talent Awards and AIMES Scholarships are made online and will open on Monday 17 October 2022. Applications will remain open for around 3 months, and will need to be SUBMITTED by 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023. Click on the link below to join our mailing list and register your interest. We will ensure we send you details of this year's awards so you can make an application.
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 in May 2023.
**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**
To be eligible to apply for an AIMES Award, applicants must:-
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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…