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Te Auaha Pitomata: New and Emerging Community Researcher Awards 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: Awards, maori, pacific, research

Te Auaha Pitomata - New and Emerging Community Researcher awards are about encouraging and valuing community research and supporting the capability of the Sector. The awards profile the Sector, create new collaborative partnerships and relationships. Community Research is currently seeking nominations for a range of categories for 2019:

  1. Tangata Whenua or whānau ora community researcher (Māori researchers only) ;
  2. Ethnic and migrant community researcher (Ethnic or migrant researcher only);
  3. Pasifika community researcher (Pasifika researcher only); and
  4. Community researcher/evaluator.

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 apply for the NECR Awards

You need to submit the following to enter:

  • a brief CV (max 4 pages); and 
  • a short statement (max 1 page) detailing how the nominee meets the judging criteria for the award; and
  • a copy of the relevant research.

You need to upload the relevent research to the Community Research website. Then confirm this upload by emailing a link to the upload, your CV and statement to Community Research (communications[at] - with TE AUAHA PITOMATA AWARD NOMINATION in the subject line).

You must submit this information no later than Monday 30th September 2019.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria for the NCER Awards

To be eligible the nominee must be:

  • A New Zealand based researcher;
  • A new or emerging researcher who may be completing or has gained relevant qualifications (undergraduate, graduate or post graduate) and 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; AND
  • 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; and
  • Willing to upload and share their research via upload to the Community Research resource website.

Recipients must be able to attend the awards and present a seminar on Thursday 31st October 2019.

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, and to which it demonstrates high standards of research or evaluation.

Award recipients will receive a small cash prize and travel to and from the event (if they are located in Aotearoa and outside of Wellington).

Contact Kaiputahi Rangahau/ Research Programme Manager Kym Hamilton for more information on these awards (kym.hamilton[at]

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