The annual 2019 OneChance Youth Awards winners have been announced at an epic night of celebration!


Now in its 3rd year, the awards concluded Youth Week


(20-26 May) held on Sunday 26 May, 4.30pm


 at the Energy Events Centre. 

PLUS…for the 2020 event it will be renamed the…



Countdown to the Cavanagh Law 'X-Factor' Peoples Choice voting closes








Countdown to the OneChance Youth Awards 2019








Aim of the Event

The 3rd annual OneChance Youth Awards (OCYA) is the first of its kind in Rotorua.
Thanks to the support of the Rotorua community, there will be many more youth focused award events in the future.

Our aim 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 Celebration; a night of glamour and glitz, key note speakers and entertainment where young people are appreciated for their outstanding dedication in the community and their nominated category.

Awards General Criteria

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



The awards information and nomination process will be sent to Rotorua High Schools, Youth Service providers, the Rotorua Lakes Council, various local trusts, organisations, the OneChance NZ website, Facebook, email database and local media. The public are encouraged to nominate online to ensure the process is transparent and accountable. Nominations are counted, collated and the top three nominations in each category making the finals. Once the judges have selected the three finalists for the ‘X-Factor’ Peoples Choice, the public can then vote online to decide the winner.

Award Categories

  1. More FM Most Outstanding Youth Performance Group
  2. Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre Most Outstanding Youth Performer
  3. New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute Most Amazing Youth Visual Artist
  4. Westpac Rotorua Most Outstanding Sports Team
  5. Rotorua Lakes Council Sport and Recreation Portfolio Most Outstanding Sports Athlete
  6. YouthHub Most Outstanding Youth Employee
  7. Rothbury Insurance Most Outstanding Community Youth Ambassador
  8. Rotary Rotorua North Youth Services Icon Award
  9. Cavanagh Law ‘X-Factor’ People’s Choice Award
  10. Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Most Awesome Youth of the Year
  11. Elite Adventures Huru Peri Te Rangipuawhe Maika Youth Cultural Leader of the Year
  12. Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Supreme Youth Leader of the Year


Event Tickets and Theme

OneChance Youth Awards tickets are free and need to be collected from the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Energy Events Centre from Friday 26 April.

The theme is EXPRESS YOUR CULTURE – so come in your best cultural attire.
There are prizes for best dressed.

T&Cs – LIMITED TO 4 TICKETS PER PERSON. Tickets are strictly limited and there will be no tickets available on the night.                               **YOUTH EVENT, AGES 15+**

OneChance Youth Awards Celebration 2019
Bay Trust Forum, Energy Events Centre
Youth Week – Sunday 26 May 2019 doors open 4:30pm



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 OneChance Youth Awards Celebration.

$10,000 in Cash & Prizes

Each award category winner will receive cash, prizes and a custom made trophy from the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. All finalists receive a certificate of achievement.

Cavanagh Law ‘X-Factor’ People’s Choice Award

This award is open to the general public of Rotorua to nominate and then vote for an individual young person who has the ‘X-Factor’. This youth shows determination, the will to succeed, a willingness to learn, integrity, has fun and works hard in all areas of 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
Friday 15 March 9:00am Nominations Open
Friday 19 April 5:00pm Nominations Close
Friday 26 April 12:00pm Media Launch – Finalist announced – Tickets available
Friday 26 April 9:00am Judging and Peoples Choice Award voting open
Sunday 19 May 5:00pm Peoples Choice voting closes
Sunday 26 May 4:30pm OneChance Youth Awards at the Bay Trust Forum, E.E.C.

OneChance Youth Awards 2019 Celebration

Bay Trust Forum, Energy Events Centre

Youth Week – Sunday 26 May 2019.
Doors open 4.30pm

Key note speaker – Tony Christiansen
Tony Christiansen is a world-leading motivational and inspirational speaker. He is humorous, bold and straight talking as he brings you a story you will never forget.

  • Live entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Free finger food and drinks available


Click on the individual category below to nominate

Sponsor: More FM

Sponsor: Westpac Rotorua

Sponsor: Rothbury Insurance

Sponsor: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Sponsor: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Sponsor: Rotorua Lakes Council

Sponsor: Rotary Rotorua North

Sponsor: Elite Adventures Huru Peri Te Rangipuawhe Maika

Sponsor: NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

Sponsor: YouthHub

Sponsor: Cavanagh Law

Sponsor: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology







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