Outdoor Awards

The 2021 Outdoor Awards are open for applications until Friday 24 September 2021. They will be awarded at on Thursday 17 February 2022 at the Recreation Awards Dinner in Nelson. Please see the bottom of the page for terms and conditions.

Te Tohu - Whaiao Māori 
Māori Outcomes award 

Recognises a programme or organisation making significant effort to support and engage with Tāngata Māori within outdoor recreation in Aotearoa

Judging Criteria – Te Whetū Rehua

 

  • Demonstrates the use of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga – elements central to identity and the strengthening of a unique Māori identity

  • Demonstrates a commitment to employing Māori in governance, management and/or delivery roles

  • Engages and provides opportunities for Māori whānau, hapu and iwi

  • Delivered in places, venues and facilities that have significance to Māori through whakapapa connections. These could be traditional or contemporary places and spaces

  • Practices activities in outdoor environments that have whakapapa to Māori origins

Te Tohu - Whakaaweawe Kaupapa 
Outstanding Event/Programme award  

Recognises the significant contribution that events and programmes make to outdoor recreation and adventure activities in New Zealand

Judging Criteria – Te Whetū Rehua 

  • Develops whanaungatanga - the process of establishing mutually beneficial relationships throughout the recreation sector 

  • Engages with their community, meeting their needs 

  • Demonstrates an environmentally responsible approach 

  • Demonstrates a commitment to operating in a manner that recognises and respects the significance of te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Promotes and utilises best practice in outdoor safety

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Te Tohu - Tiakina Taiao

Environmental Leadership Award 

Recognises a programme/organisation/event that has influenced the ecological worldview of participants and/or demonstrated a significant commitment to conservation or protection of outdoor recreation places

Judging Criteria – Te Whetū Rehua 

  • Embodies wairuatanga – nurturing a spiritual connection to all things living

  • Positively influences the ecological worldview of participants 

  • Shows significant commitment to the preservation of the environment and outdoor recreation places

  • Demonstrates a commitment to operating in a manner that recognises and respects the significance of te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Promotes and utilises best practice in outdoor safety

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Te Tohu – Manu kura
Supreme Award  

Recognises an individual with mana in the outdoor sector, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in outdoor recreation

Judging Criteria – Te Whetū Rehua 

  • Embodies rangatiratanga – leadership that encourages and inspires others to achieve positive outcomes 

  • Evidence of leadership and/or mentoring roles undertaken

  • Contribution to significant initiatives, programmes and/or events in outdoor recreation

  • Demonstrates a commitment to operating in a manner that recognises and respects the significance of te Tiriti o Waitangi

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

All applications are to supply:

  • A one minute video – to give a high-level overview of the applicant (not needed for the Supreme Award)

  • Three photos – to showcase the applicant

  • A written submission that provides data / evidence to show how the applicant meets each of the judging criteria, maximum of 400 words per criteria

  • In addition to the above, nominations for the Supreme Award must also include letters of support for the nominated individual, from two other people


Applications/nominations must respond to each of the judging criteria specified for each award. Applications that do not address or provide relevant evidence for each criteria will likely score lower than those that do.


Photos and videos may be used to showcase the applicants and winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner. 


Who can apply? 

  • Any organisation/event/programme/individual who is involved in outdoor recreation which can include outdoor education, adventure activities and Māori tourism

  • An organisation/event/programme can apply for recognition themselves, or be nominated by another party 

  • The Supreme Award will be awarded to an individual 

  • The programme/organisation/event applying or being nominated must have operated at least biennially for a minimum of two years

  • Applications can be for a specific programme within a larger organisation

  • Applicants do not need to be members of Recreation Aotearoa (however will be given automatic virtual membership)