Te Auaha Pito Mata – 2023 New and Emerging Researchers Awards

Community Research encourage nominations for the 2023 Te Auaha Pito Mata Awards – New and Emerging Community Researcher Awards. These awards are about encouraging and valuing community research and supporting the capability of the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector. The awards profile the wonderful work being done in the community sector and create new collaborative partnerships and relationships.

We are currently seeking nominations for a range of categories.

Researcher award categories

Tangata Whenua researcher award – Māori researchers

Ethnic and migrant community researcher award – ethnic or migrant researchers

Pasifika community researcher award – Pasifika researchers

Community researcher/evaluator award.

There will be an additional ‘Billie Award’ presented to someone who uses an obviously ‘strengths-based’ approach in their research.

Award recipients will receive a Cash Prize and travel to and from the event in Wellington / Te Whanganui a-Tara on Wednesday 18th of October, 2023.

Further Information on the Awards and Nominations

What are the criteria?
Nomination criteria – to be eligible for an award the nominee must:

  • be a New Zealand based researcher
  • be a new or emerging researcher who may be completing or has gained relevant qualifications (undergraduate, graduate or post graduate) or has started working, volunteering or producing a study relevant to community research or evaluation (academic, policy or community, policy) within in the past one to eight years.
  • have conducted community research or evaluation (either individually or as part of a wider research team) that contributes to or will contribute to the evidence base of the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary sector.
  • be willing to upload and share their research via upload to the Community Research resource website.
  • be able to attend an awards ceremony and present a short seminar on their research in Pōneke on 18 October 2023

Entries can be by self-nomination or nomination on behalf of someone else and must relate to work by ‘New and Emerging Researchers’ only. A New or Emerging Community Researcher (“NECR”) is defined as an early career researcher. Early career researchers are those within their first eight years of community research or evaluation-related
employment, study, community or voluntary work. There is no age limit on who can be an NECR as the definition is dependent on where the researcher is in their career progression.

How to submit your nomination.

Complete the nomination form and register your nominee here
Upload a copy of the relevant research to the Community Research resource website here

The judging criteria will be the degree to which :

  1. The researcher contribution has had a positive influence, or has potential to have a positive influence on the specific community or community research, in particular how the research serves the diverse Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector.
  2. The nominee has demonstrated community engagement, initiative and/or leadership in conducting research.
  3. The research is collaborative and inclusive
  4. The research/contribution demonstrates high standards of research.

Nominations must be completed by 20th August 2023.
Any queries related to these awards may be directed to: research@communityresearch.org.nz.

See our 2019 Te Auaha Pito Mata award winners and find out more about their research here

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