National Volunteer Awards 2019

The Saturday evening will be the National Volunteer Awards Dinner. This is a night of celebrating some of our amazing Volunteers and work that has happened in UN Youth in 2019.

Nominations for Awards are now closed. Nominations for the Wysocki-Bates, Daria Brankin and Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna awards can be submitted by any volunteer. The other awards may only be nominated by certain individuals, as outlined below. With the exception of the Presidential and Regional Citations, the National Executive has full discretion as to the chosen recipient.

List of Awards

Wysocki-Bates Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution towards Youth Involvement in the United Nations;

This award will be given to the Member who has contributed to involving the youth of New Zealand in UN Youth in the most outstanding way. This person must have given service to the organisation in several ways. They may have managed a special project for the organisation or worked in a number of official and unofficial roles, and achieved results above expectation. These results may be in fundraising, membership, conference and activity organisation and/or policy development. This person must be a professional all round member of the UN Youth team. Please note that current National Presidents are not eligible to receive this award.


Daria Brankin Award for the Most Generous and Supportive Member of UN Youth New Zealand;

The Daria Brankin Award for the Most Supportive and Generous Member of UN Youth recognises the Member who stands out most to the National Executive because of their friendship and support towards others, their cooperation and teamwork, their readiness to work, and most importantly, their willingness to place the interests of Members as their first priority within the organisation. The recipient does not need to be a volunteer. If there is not at least one clear nominee for this award, it may be appropriate for it not to be given that year. It is also acceptable that this award be given to the same Member more than once.


Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award;

The Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award recognises a UN Youth alumnus or alumna who, through his or her achievements, has made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field. Their pursuit of excellence may be in areas such as (but not limited to) volunteer work or community service, education, science, business, diplomacy or law. The recipient should embody the spirit of UN Youth as an organisation that inspires people to make a difference and be a role model for current UN Youth volunteers and Members. This award is not limited to an achievement in the past year. The recipient must have had some form of UN Youth involvement in the past. This past involvement must include at least one of the following: being a Regional Council or National Executive officer; a member of a Regional or National Event staff or International Delegation staff; an appointee for a special role; a member of a Global Development Tour or New Zealand Schools’ Delegation to THIMUN or Pacific Project delegation or an attendee of at least one of UN Youth’s national events (NZ Model UN, Youth Declaration or National Tertiary Event). The recipient can be under 25 years, but cannot be a current volunteer (though an immediate Past National President could be eligible to apply). If there is not at least one clear nominee for this award, it may be appropriate for it not to be awarded that year.


Cutfield Gavel for the Most Successful Region;

The Cutfield Gavel is awarded to the most successful UN Youth Regional Council. The Cutfield Gavel is awarded annually to the region whose work has been the most outstanding or to the region with the most outstanding regional initiatives. The relevant period for the award is the 2019 Calendar year. For the sake of completeness, the National Executive will only receive nominations from the current UN Youth Regional Presidents. The current Regional Presidents are welcome to liaise with the relevant Immediate Past Regional Presidents if necessary to complete the nomination


Presidential Citation; 

This award is the Citation of the National President of UN Youth. The award is given to a Member or to Members of UN Youth who have contributed significantly through their commitment to and work for UN Youth. 


Regional Citations;

The Regional Citations will recognise the outstanding efforts and commitment of four volunteers or Members each year in each of their respective regions. Any Member of a UN Youth Region (including Regional Council Officers and regionally appointed Officeholders) may be eligible for nomination. Past and present Regional Presidents and Immediate Past Regional Presidents are ineligible for nomination. Past and present National Executive members are also ineligible for nomination. A member may only receive a Regional Citation once.

There will be three criteria to be considered by both Regional Presidents and the National President: how much the nominee has participated in regional events and opportunities; how committed the nominee has been to UN Youth, the Region and what UN Youth and the Region aim to achieve; and whether the nominee has done anything to innovate and improve the Region’s operations.

Regional Citations are to be nominated by Regional Presidents only.