Ngā tohu About the prizes
There are five prizes in total with a combined value of $975,000 NZ Dollars.
2022 round opens: 4 August 2022
2022 round closes: 1:00pm, 18 October 2022 (except for the Future Scientist Prize which closes 1 November)
Te Puiaki Pūtaiao Matua a Te Pirimia The Prime Minister’s Science Prize
An individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand and/or internationally.
Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize
An outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD or equivalent qualification conferred within the last eight years i.e. (no earlier than 1 January 2014)
Te Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize
A practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement, or communication of complex scientific or technological information to the public and/or science and research communities.
Te Puiaki Kaiwhakaako Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize
A registered teacher kaiako who has been teaching science, mathematics, technology, pūtaiao, hangarau or pāngarau learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum to school-age children in a primary, intermediate or secondary New Zealand registered school or kura kaupapa.
Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize
Awarded to a Year 12 or Year 13 school tauira student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science research, maths, technology or engineering project.
Supported by the New Zealand Government with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Nā Te Hīkina Whakatutuki te mana hāpai.