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 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 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 2017, with the supreme winner receiving a total of $30,000.
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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 2018.
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Applicants for our Junior Excellence Awards are aged 10 to 13 years. All other entry criteria and award categories remain the same as the AIMES Awards. North Harbour Club Junior Excellence Award recipients received $3,000 each in 2018.
Applications for our AIMES Awards, AIMES Emerging Talent Awards and Junior Excellence Awards are made online and will open on the 13th June 2018. Applications remain open for around 7 weeks, closing at 5pm on the 3rd August 2018. 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 Wednesday the 12th September to be advised of their progress. Awards are presented at our very special award functions held in in late October, early November each year.
**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, or Emerging Talent/AIMES Awards winners can apply after relevant achievements.**
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…