NZOIA Outdoor Excellence Awards

     Process     |    Criteria     |     Past Recipients     |     Nominations     |     Judging    


    These awards recognise the highest achievements of individuals involved in outdoor recreation, education and guiding in New Zealand.

    There are four awards: Emerging Instructor, Emerging Guide, Tall Totara, Life Member


    Nominations for 2020 are now open!

    Download the nomination form here



    1 April 2020: Nominations open

    30 June 2020: Nominations close

    3 October 2020: Awards are announced and presented at the NZOIA Excellence Awards Dinner at the Symposium.     



    Emerging Instructor

    Awarded to an instructor who displays great potential for the future, and who demonstrates strong commitment to professional development and qualification acquisition.  The ideal recipient will have at least one NZOIA qualification and be recognised as a talented instructor who stands out from the crowd.

    • An instructor in their first 5 years of employment in the outdoor industry
    • 3-4 year commitment to working as an instructor or outdoor educator
    • Current NZOIA qualification holder
    • Two referees
    • Outstanding amongst their peers
    • Demonstrated commitment to personal outdoor recreational participation and a high achiever (relative to age and experience)
    • Role models a commitment to sustainable environmental practices

    Emerging Guide

    Awarded to an emerging guide who displays great potential, talent and commitment to a career in the guiding sector. The ideal recipient should demonstrate a commitment to professional development and qualification acquisition and will have at least one NZOIA qualification.

    • A guide in their first 3 years of employment in the guiding industry
    • Has displayed a commitment to working in the guiding sector long term
    • Current NZOIA qualification holder
    • Has two referees
    • Outstanding amongst their peers
    • Gains consistently good feedback from clients and peers
    • Role models a commitment to sustainable environmental practices

    Tall Totara

    Awarded to a current instructor or guide who personifies 'excellence in outdoor leadership'. A highly respected role model, someone who has contributed significantly to outdoor education in New Zealand through both work with clients and with aspirant instructors/guides.

    • Currently active as an instructor/guide
    • Well regarded by peers as an inspirational role model, and someone who constantly strives for improvement and excellence
    • A minimum of two referees from different perspectives e.g. employer, peer are required
    • Generally holds one or more NZOIA 2 qualifications
    • A member for a minimum seven years
    • Strong technical, instructional/guiding and educational skills
    • Demonstrated high level of achievement in personal outdoor pursuits and a role model in this regard
    • Role models a commitment to sustainable environmental practices

    Life Member

    Awarded to a member who personifies the very best combination of an excellent instructor/guide, a high achieving personal performer, and an outstanding contributor to the work and promotion of the association.

    • Long term contribution to NZOIA for a minimum of 15 years
    • Diverse areas of contribution including (but not limited to):
              - Assessment
              - Governance
              - Technical committees
              - Administration / qualifications development
              - Newsletter articles
    • Voluntary contribution to the work and promotion of the Association
    • Recognised high level of achievement in personal pursuits and a role model in this regard
    • Recognised academic, management, leadership, governance, educational, literary, or technical achievements

    To see a list of the past award winners - click here   



    Nominations for 2020 are now open!

    Do you know someone deserving of an NZOIA Award? Nominate them now!

    Download Nomination form



    Judging Period: 1 July - 30 June

    Judging Panel: NZOIA is privileged to have many skilled and generous people within our membership. The judging panel is made up of three NZOIA Life Members. From the NZOIA Board, thank you so much to our Life Members for the efficiency, commitment and knowledge that you continue to bring to this process.

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