• Lewis Fry, a young doctor who is studying Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford University, was the AIMES Supreme Award and Education Award winner in 2017. He is pictured with the Sir Peter Blake Trophy, which the supreme winner keeps for 12 months. Lewis Fry received the trophy and AIMES Awards grants to the value of $30,000 to support his career.
  • Promising young diver Maggie Squire received a Junior Excellence Award in 2017. She is pictured receiving her award from Michelle Fan of sponsor NZ Force Construction and Peter Wall, life member, North Harbour Club.
  • AIMES Awards Judging Chairperson Sue Stanaway, talking at the 2017 award presentations.

2018 AIMES Awards for Excellence

Applications open June 13th

Since 1995 the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust has been rewarding excellence achieved by young people of the North Shore and the wider North Harbour region through the annual AIMES Awards. These awards provide grants for young people (aged 10 to 25 years) achieving great things in:- the Arts; Innovation; Music; Education; Sport: Service to the Community (AIMES).

The annual AIMES Awards grant pool has risen to be around $200,000 in recent years, with over $2 million having been granted since the inception of the awards in 1995.

Applications open for the 2018 AIMES Awards on June 13th. Applicants then have until August 3rd to submit their application for an Award. Three categories make up the AIMES Awards programme. The Junior Excellence Awards are for those aged 10 to 13 years. Applications from those aged 14 to 25 years will be judged for both the AIMES Awards and the AIMES Emerging Talent Awards. A supreme winner is chosen from the successful AIMES Award recipients.

“The neat thing about our AIMES Awards is that they cover such a wide spectrum,” says North Harbour Club AIMES Awards Judging Chairperson Sue Stanaway. “Not only sport, but also the arts, music, innovation, academia and those young people doing wonderful things in the community.

“Our 2017 winner was Lewis Fry, a young doctor who is studying Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford University. He is doing research around curing eye disease, specifically retinal degenerations. Other winners included comedian Melanie Bracewell, entrepreneur Alexia Hilbertidou and Olympic sailors Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. A total of 23 young people won awards in 2017, collectively receiving total grants of over $200,000. There were seven AIMES Award recipients, nine AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipients and seven Junior Excellence Award recipients.

“We strongly encourage those who are excelling in their particular field to apply. Many of our Supreme and AIMES Awards winners have received AIMES Emerging Talent Awards in the years prior to their ultimate success. Lewis Fry was one of those, as was Alexia Hilbertidou, Alex Maloney and Olympic medalist Eliza McCartney.

"Completing and submitting an application is very easy. It can all be done online. Judging starts for us in August and we shortlist those who believe believe stand-out in each category. Those youngsters will be contacted for interviews – in person or via Skype if they are overseas.”

All these AIMES Awards are presented at special functions to be held in October. A Cocktail Function for the AIMES Emerging Talent and Junior Excellence Awards and a black tie Gala Dinner for the AIMES Awards.

For more information visit: www.northharbourclub.co.nz

13th June: AIMES Applications Open
3rd August: AIMES Applications Close – 7 ½ weeks to submit
24th October: AIMES Emerging Talent and Junior Excellence Awards function
27th October: AIMES Awards Gala Dinner
AIMES Award Category Sponsors: ARTS – Sponsored by ASB; INNOVATION – Sponsored by Massey University; MUSIC – Sponsored by Yamaha Home Entertainment; EDUCATION – Sponsored by Kristin School; SPORT – Sponsored by AUT Millennium; SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – Sponsored by Albany Toyota; AIMES Emerging Talent Awards – Sponsored by Bellingham Wallace; Junior Excellence Awards – Sponsored by Library Lane & NZ Force Construction.
AIMES Awards Judging Panels 2018:-
AIMES Awards & Emerging Talent Awards:
Sue Stanaway (Chair); Andrea Davies; Dean Flyger; Andrew MacDonald (AIMES Awards Alumni); Mike Stanley.
Junior Excellence Awards: Catherine Lamb (Chair); Joe Bergin (AIMES Awards Alumni); Shane Cortese; Fay Mason; Sherida Penman-Walters.