Each year UN Youth New Zealand hosts the National Volunteer Awards Dinner to recognise our outstanding Volunteers from across the country.

These awards are wondrous traditions.  They celebrate our amazing people and remind us all why we volunteer for this very special whānau. The recipients of these awards will be determined by the members of the National Executive in accordance with the citation criteria outlined below (as per the Protocols of UN Youth).

Aside from the Presidential/Regional Citations and the Cutfield Gavel – which operate under different rules — any Member can nominate another Member for one or more of these awards. Members cannot nominate themselves. All of the awards will be announced and presented during the Volunteers Training Hui at the UN Youth New Zealand National Volunteer Awards Dinner on Saturday 2 December 2017.

To nominate a Member for an award, please send their name and a short blurb detailing why you think they should win the award to [email protected] by 11.59pm, Sunday 26 November 2017. Note that Regions that would like to be considered for the Cutfield Gavel must send in a nomination blurb.

The awards:


The full title of the award is the Wysocki-Bates Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution Towards Youth Involvement in the United Nations.

This award should 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 the National President is not eligible for this award.


The full title of the award is the Daria Brankin Award for the Most Generous and Supportive Member of UN Youth New Zealand.

This Award recognises the nominee 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.


This 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 committee or International Delegation directorship; an appointee for a special role; or an attendee of at least one of UN Youth’s National Events or International Tours. The recipient can be under 25 years, but cannot be a current volunteer. If there is not at least one clear nominee for this Award, it may be appropriate for it not to be awarded that year.


The full title of the award is the 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 previous 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.


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. The relevant period for consideration is the previous calendar year.

There will be four Regional Citations, one for each Region. They shall be presented as “the Regional Citation for Otago”, and so on. The Regional Presidents will decide the Regional Citations in consultation with the National President.


This Award is the Citation of the National President of UN Youth. As such, please note that Members cannot be nominated for this Award.

Presidential Citations may be given to a Member or Members of UN Youth who have contributed significantly through their commitment to and work for UN Youth.

NB: In accordance with our conflict rules, if a National Executive member is nominated for an award or nominates a Member for an award, they will not be able to participate in the deliberations or decision-making to determine the recipients for those specific awards.