The North Harbour Club is very proudly turning 25 years old this year and, since its inception in 1995, over $2.4 million worth of AIMES Awards grants have been made making the Club one of the largest donors to individuals in New Zealand.
As President Phil Brosnan says “in what has been a very trying year for many of us, it is fantastic to have something so positive to focus on. We are all looking forward to the celebrations at our annual AIMES Awards Gala Dinner in October this year”.
Established in 1995, the Club was the brainchild of Ross Finlayson along with his wife Joan and then ASB Commercial Manager John Bishop. They drew together an enthusiastic and driven group of founding Trustees and the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust was born. The Club has evolved incredibly over the last 25 years and now comprises almost 200 members, who are all leaders in local affairs, business, education, sport and social development and have been incredibly successful in their endeavours, locally and internationally. The Club has a philanthropic desire to reward, foster and support the future leaders in the North Harbour community.
This support is largely provided via the annual AIMES Awards programme, through which the North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust provide grants to outstanding young people, aged 10 to 25, who are achieving excellence in their chosen field. The acronym AIMES stands for ARTS; INNOVATION; MUSIC; EDUCATION; SPORT; SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.
Each year the Club is thrilled to continue its proud tradition of granting these awards, and continuing to reward the youth from the region who are achieving excellence. So if you know someone who is achieving excellence spread the word that the Awards are now open for 2020. These awards, as outlined below, are an amazing opportunity to support young people in achieving their goals.
The top awards for those aged between 14 and 25 years of age, recognising and rewarding their excellent achievements in their chosen category. An AIMES Awards Supreme Winner is selected from these recipients every year to receive the Sir Peter Blake Trophy.
Ross Finlayson Award
A legacy award honouring Founding President, Ross Finlayson. This special award is presented annually to a talented young person highlighted by the judging panels as having strong leadership qualities.
Emerging Talent AIMES Awards
(Sponsored by Bellingham Wallace)
Recognising individuals aged between 14 and 25 years of age who display considerable promise in any of the above categories, many of whom go on to win main awards in following years.
(Sponsored by Vantage Windows North Shore)
Exclusively for those applicants aged 13-18 years. These scholarships are for winners who no longer qualify for Junior Excellence Awards, may be competing at an international level, and are yet to meet the same achievements of those winners in the Emerging Talent and/or AIMES Awards levels.
Junior Excellence Awards
(Sponsored by Precise Homes)
Exclusively for those applicants aged 10 - 13 years. All other entry criteria and award categories remain the same.
Further information on the AIMES Awards, entry criteria and the online entry form can be found on the Club’s Website – www.northharbourclub.co.nz