Goal Setter Awards 2017

Are you a top-flight achiever?

Do you possess the drive and passion to support others?

Have you had to overcome obstacles to achieve your goals?

Are you in year 2 or more of tertiary study?

The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc. invites applications from

top-flight goal-setter achievers for the annual
Goal Setter Awards 2017.

 If you are already in at least your second year of tertiary education, can show a history of goal-setting and goals achievement, while contributing service to others (individuals, groups or the community at large) and doing so while having to overcome significant barriers we urge you to apply for a Goal Setter Award 2017

$3500 cash award

Two or more award winners will personally receive their awards at a celebration dinner and award presentation function at the InterContinental Hotel, Wellington 22nd March 2017.

Apply by 2 Dec 2016
Application forms are available here:
or from your Course Information Centre, which provide details for the submission of completed applications.
Applications close Friday 2nd December 2016.

Eligible students are those who at the time of application are undertaking tertiary study in the Wellington / Kapiti areas, towards completion of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree, a National Certificate, or structured workplace learning for completing a Modern Apprenticeship.

Please do not apply if your course of tertiary study only started in 2016 or has yet to start.

Selection is based on written submissions and an interview process. Interviews will be held in Wellington on the 14th  February 2017. There is no age limit for applicants. You must be available in person for an interview and to attend the celebration dinner.

Goal Setters 2016 Awards
Our awardees


Jayne Tawhi-Amopiu

Jayne has completed her undergraduate nursing and is one paper from completing her Masters of Health care at Victoria University.

She also works at Te Whare Marie Maori Health with CCDHB in the Child Adolescent and Family team as a case manager and clinical coordinator.   For the last 6 years it has highlighted the needs for those suffering from mental health.


The past five years have tested Jayne’s strengths and relationships, but she says she has learned much about herself and life through her experiences. Jayne’s career leads her to be a role model and she continues to encourage other nurses to continue on-going professional development.  Jayne supports nursing students as a preceptor, mentor and academic mentor and is a member of a number of advisory groups.


Her goal is to head towards higher management roles whether it is within or out of the District Health Board. She wants to be a person who can make a difference to the health of New Zealanders.


Sarah Henderson

In 2004 Sarah’s goal was to stop working in promotions and re-educate herself through tertiary education. Her journey began in nursing training which progressed through to science and psychology. She firstly enrolled at Victoria University in 2004 but had to withdraw.  She re-enrolled in 2010 and completed her goal of getting a tertiary education.


Sarah has faced the challenges of incomplete secondary school education and being a sole parent caregiver. She is the first person in her family to get a bachelor’s degree. Sarah is an active community volunteer coaching both football and reading and helping at the New town City Mission.


Her career goal is to become registered as a health psychologist by 2016. This will enable her to help those most vulnerable in society to get better health outcomes.


Our Sponsors


Goal Setters would not be a success without our award sponsors. Many thanks to The Wellington Company, Sir Neville Jordan, and Waterford Security.

We celebrated our awards over a fine meal put on by the InterContinental with wine from Brookfields Wines and finished with RJ's Licorice.
Eleanor Stefanidis took the photos and Julian Bateson produced the programme.


2016 photos here ...

Photos from Goal Setters 2016 celebrations
Brent and SarahBrent and Jane