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2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards

Let's celebrate and pay tribute to those individuals and teams of volunteers who make a difference to New Zealanders' health. 

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, which recognise the thousands of unsung heroes who help support New Zealand's health and disability system. 

If you know somebody or a team worthy of recognition please nominate them. All nominations are formally acknowledged by letter and those considered worthy by a judging panel are presented with a certificate during a ceremony at Parliament.
This year's award categories are:

  • Health Care Provider Service: Team and individual
  • Community of NGO Health Service: Team and individual
  • Māori Health Service: Team and Individual
  • Pacific Health Service: Team and individual
  • Youth Health Volunteer: Team and individual
  • Long service: Individual only

There is an additional award for Health Volunteer of the Year (team or individual).

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 16 July and the awards will be presented at Parliament during August (date to be confirmed). 

Find out more 
For more information about nominations and the Awards, including the nominations form and examples of previous recipients, go to
Please email [email protected] for more information if you need more information.