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 10 to 25, who are achieving excellence in these sectors. Since the North Harbour Club's inception in 1995, over $2.4 million worth of AIMES Awards grants have been made, making the club one of the largest donors to individuals in New Zealand. Applications for 2020 have now closed and will be announced at the 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday the 31st October.
The AIMES Awards are our top awards with a winner selected in each category. Recipients of these awards are aged between 14 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. AIMES Award category winners received $15,000 each in 2019, with the supreme winner receiving a total of $30,000.
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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. The winner will receive the opportunity to participate in an Outward Bound course, or similar depending on their specific skills.
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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. AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipients received $7,500 each in 2019.
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Exclusively for those applicants aged 10 - 13 years. All other entry criteria and award categories remain the same. Entrants aged 10 - 13 will be judged only against others in their age range. AIMES Junior Excellence Award recipients received $3,000 each in 2019.
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Due to the amazing talent displayed by our sports applicants, in 2019 we have a new Sports Scholarship category. Exclusively for those applicants aged 13-18 years. These scholarships will be for winners who no longer qualify for Junior Excellence Awards, may be competing at an international level, but are yet to met the same achievements of those winners in our Emerging Talent and AIMES Awards. Sports Scholarship Recipients received $2,000 each in 2019.
Applications for our AIMES Awards, AIMES Emerging Talent Awards and Junior Excellence Awards are made online and will open on the 3rd June 2020. Applications remain open for around 7 weeks, and will need to be SUBMITTED by 5pm on the Friday 31 July 2020. Click on the link below to join our mailing list and register your interest. We will ensure we send you details of this years 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 at the end of October.
**Please note that previous winners are invited and encouraged to apply, however they must follow the pathway - Junior Excellence > Emerging Talent > AIMES Awards > AIMES Supreme Winner. Applicants can apply once they have reached the next level. ie: Junior Excellence Winners can only win once while in the 10-13 age bracket, and will then need to apply for Emerging Talent/AIMES Awards once they reach the correct age. 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 20 years, the club has a strong network of past winners. Click here to discover more about the network and our past winners…