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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

Applications are open from 1 March to 15 April 2021

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Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Innovation Award

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Innovation Award is to advance Pacific early childhood education.

Early childhood education refers to both informal and formal preschool teaching of young children by people outside the family or in settings outside the home. The Award is provided by a donation from the trustees of the Anau Ako Pasifka Incorporated.

It is for an established innovation in early childhood education that advances at least one of the following:

  • programme management

  • the learning environment

  • interactions between pre-school children, their families and communities.

Preference will be given to innovations shown to be sustainable and of benefit to the wider Pacific community in New Zealand.

Value of the award - $5000

Eligibility criteria

Before you apply please ensure you meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • A woman or a group led by a woman, who are New Zealand citizens (or hold a resident class visa) and who;

  • Are undertaking an innovation that advances Pacific early childcare education

  • Identify as Pacific ethnicity (at least 70% of a group must identify as Pacific ethnicity)

  • Have the support of an early childhood service and/or Pacific community

Applicants may make multiple applications for the same innovation in subsequent years.

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following:

  • The relevance of the innovation to the purpose of the award

  • Evidence of progress and sustainability

  • Financial circumstances

  • Experience of the applicant(s), particularly their ability to contribute to achieving the purpose of the innovation

  • Benefit to the advancement of Pacific early childhood education and/or Pacific preschoolers in New Zealand


If you are eligible for this award please apply online from 1 March.

Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Innovation Award