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 Open!
(Science & Technology)
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)
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.
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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.
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.
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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. 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).
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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)
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
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 AIMES Awards Gala June 7th, 2024 at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna.
**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:-
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…