The inaugural OneChance Youth Awards (OCYA) will be the first of its kind in Rotorua and is anticipated there will be many more youth focused award events in the future.

Aim of the Event

The aim of the OCYA is:

  • to honour exceptional Rotorua youth (aged 15-24)
  • to celebrate excellence and their achievements or service to the community

The OCYA will provide a platform of distinction to allow peer and community recognition with award finalists officially acknowledged at the OCYA dinner; a night of glamour and glitz, key note speakers and entertainment where young people are appreciated for their outstanding dedication in the community nominated category.


To be eligible, nominees must be aged between 15 and 24, currently live or have lived in the Rotorua District in the past 12 months. Nominees must have:

  • Contributed significantly to their community/team/workplace
  • Demonstrated integrity, initiative and enthusiasm  
  • Demonstrated the ability to motivate, engage and positively influence others
  • Demonstrated commitment and perseverance
  • Demonstrated leadership skills


Nomination information will be issued to Rotorua High Schools, Youth Service providers, the Rotorua Lakes Council, various organisations via the website (under construction), Facebook, email database and local media. The public will be encouraged to vote online to ensure the process is transparent and accountable. Nominations are counted, collated and the top three or four nominations in each category making the finals.


Three finalists are found via the online nomination process which will be uploaded to the website and judges will pick the winners. The finalists of each category will be announced at the Media Launch and the overall winner of the categories will be announced at the OCYA dinner.

People’s Choice Award

This award is open to the general public of Rotorua to nominate and vote for an individual young person who has the ‘X Factor’. This individual strives to achieve overall perfection through hard work, integrity and their passion for service, people and life. Three finalists are then chosen by the judges and the public then vote to find the winner.

Date Time OneChance Youth Awards Nominations Process
Mon 20 March 9:00am Nominations Open
Sun 09 April 5:00pm Nominations Close
Wed 19 April 12:00pm – 1:00pm Finalist Announced – Official launch of OCYA evening
Thurs 20 April 9:00am Judges and People’s Choice award voting open
Fri 12 May 5:00pm Judges and People’s Choice award voting closes
Fri 26 May TBA OneChance Youth Awards event

Countdown to the OneChance Youth Awards