Goal Setter Awards 2020

Applications for 2020 Goal Setters are now closed.

Please check back in August 2020 to apply for 2021.

Are you a top-flight achiever?

Do you possess the drive and passion to support others?

Have you had to overcome obstacles to achieve your goals?

Are you in year 2 or more of tertiary study?

The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc. is inviting applications from

top-flight goal-setter achievers for the annual
Goal Setter Awards 2020. 

 If you are already in at least your second year of tertiary education, can show a history of goal-setting and goals achievement, while contributing service to others (individuals, groups or the community at large) and doing so while having to overcome significant barriers we urge you to apply for a Goal Setter Award 2020.

$3500 cash award

Two or more award winners will personally receive their awards at a celebration breakfast and award presentation function in Wellington 6 March 2020.

Apply by 1 Dec 2019

Application forms are available online, click here
or from your Course Information Centre, which provide details for the submission of completed applications

Applications opened 20 August 2019
Applications closed Friday 1st December 2019


Eligible students are those who at the time of application are undertaking tertiary study in the Wellington / Kapiti areas, towards completion of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree, a National Certificate, or structured workplace learning for completing a Modern Apprenticeship.

Please do not apply if your course of tertiary study only started in 2019 or has yet to start.

Selection is based on written submissions and an interview process. Interviews will be held in Wellington in February 2020. There is no age limit for applicants. You must be available in person for an interview and to attend the celebration on 6 March 2020.

Would you like to attend the popular 2020 Goal Setter Awards?
The breakfast event is on 30 March 2020 at the Intercontinental Hotel when the Goal Setter Awards will be presented.
Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance) will be the guest speaker. Please see this flyer for more information and to find out how to confirm your tickets or a table.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Goal Setters Awards 2019
Port Nicholson Rotary hosted a very special event to recognise the achievements of three Goal Setters, Sean Ainsworth, Nathan Russell and Hineana Tihore. We heard their difficult and inspiring journey’s from each of them. We are confident that our future is in good hands as they continued to achieve and succeed to make a difference in the world. The award ceremony and breakfast was held at the beautiful marae at Te Papa and the awards were presented by Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The awardees each received $3,500 thanks to our generous sponsors.
Our awardees


Jayne Tawhi-Amopiu

Jayne has completed her undergraduate nursing and is one paper from completing her Masters of Health Care at Victoria University.

She also works at Te Whare Marie Maori Health with CCDHB in the Child Adolescent and Family team as a case manager and clinical coordinator.   For the last 6 years it has highlighted the needs for those suffering from mental health.


The past five years have tested Jayne’s strengths and relationships, but she says she has learned much about herself and life through her experiences. Jayne’s career leads her to be a role model and she continues to encourage other nurses to continue on-going professional development.  Jayne supports nursing students as a preceptor, mentor and academic mentor and is a member of a number of advisory groups.


Her goal is to head towards higher management roles whether it is within or out of the District Health Board. She wants to be a person who can make a difference to the health of New Zealanders.


Sarah Henderson

In 2004 Sarah’s goal was to stop working in promotions and re-educate herself through tertiary education. Her journey began in nursing training which progressed through to science and psychology. She firstly enrolled at Victoria University in 2004 but had to withdraw.  She re-enrolled in 2010 and completed her goal of getting a tertiary education.


Sarah has faced the challenges of incomplete secondary school education and being a sole parent caregiver. She is the first person in her family to get a bachelor’s degree. Sarah is an active community volunteer coaching both football and reading and helping at the New town City Mission.


Her career goal is to become registered as a health psychologist by 2016. This will enable her to help those most vulnerable in society to get better health outcomes.


Our Sponsors


Goal Setters would not be a success without our award sponsors. Many thanks to The Wellington Company, Sir Neville Jordan, and Waterford Security.

We celebrated our awards over a fine meal put on by the InterContinental with wine from Brookfields Wines and finished with RJ's Licorice.
Eleanor Stefanidis took the photos and Julian Bateson produced the programme.

Goal Setter Awards 2018

Congratulations to our Goal Setter Awardees for 2018. On Friday 16 March, Mayor Justin Lester presented the awards to Nadia Cooper, Brooke Leota and Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith. It was a wonderful celebration of goal setting and achievement. These three young people have all dealt with significant challenges while achieving amazing things and helping others. We look forward to seeing them progress in their chosen careers and we know they will be valuable contributors to our communities.

Click here for the 2019 Stuff article to find out more about Mr Tewhaiti-Smith's incredible journey from a mob family to graduating as a doctor. We are happy to have been able to assist him in his journey and are proud of his successes.

Goal Setter Awards 2017
Emily Dwight: Emily was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2015 when she was used by a lecturer as a model to demonstrate neck ultrasounds in front of her classmates. She has since undergone surgery to remove the whole of her thyroid gland followed by radiation therapy. Despite the strain, Emily went on to be awarded a Dean’s Commendation for fifth year medicine and was re-elected onto the NZ Medical Student’s Association executive team.

Jeremy Haggland: A medical misadventure while undergoing surgery in 2009 led to Jeremy having to undergo multiple operations, spending the equivalent of a whole year in hospital during the past seven years. As a result of the many surgeries he has undergone Jeremy now has to deal with chronic pain. Aged 44, Jeremy is in his third and final year for a degree of Bachelor of Nursing Maori at Whitireia. Since beginning nursing studies Jeremy has been an advocate on behalf of the students of Whitireia and New Zealand as the TRT Chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation National Student Unit.
Julie Vidal: Julie and her sister were raised by their father who died in 2016. Soon after her father’s death she was served with a 21-day eviction notice as neither she nor her smaller sister were on the tenancy agreement. Julie has just started the fourth of five years’ study for a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University, Wellington. Regularly volunteering work at the Home of Compassion’s Soup Kitchen since she was 15, Julie also works at the Wellington Community Law Centre as a student volunteer. In 2016 she was elected Academic officer for the Pasifika Law Students’ Society.
Photos from Goal Setters 2016 celebrations
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