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                    Process     |    Criteria     |     Past Receipents     |     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

Congratulations to this years 2018 Receipients:

NZOIA Tertiary Award:
This award is aimed at students who have a passion for outdoor instruction and show great potential for further involvement in the industry beyond their studies.

Hillary Outdoors: Jessica Russell
Tai Poutini Polytechnic: Kate Funnell
Otago Polytechnic: Sam McComb
Ara Institute of Canterbury: Georgia Orme
Whitireia: Cait Disberry
NMIT: Janelle van Der Westhuizen


Emerging Instructor: Mark Parfitt
Awarded to an instructor who displays great potential for the future, and who demonstrates strong commitment to professional development and qualification acquisition.

Mark has acquired a broad skill set through his time as a student at Aoraki Polytechnic, teaching kayaking in Canada and working for Abel Tasman Canyons.

This award recognises Mark’s natural ability to enthuse and inspire young people about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits.  His ability to engage students in outdoor education has become legendary.  He delivers lessons with such passion that many of his students fondly refer to them as ‘story time with Mark’.  He connects effectively with people of all backgrounds and even the toughest student has asked “is Mark still at Nayland, he was a good bugger”

He has exceptional technical expertise and although kayaking is what floats his boat he can move we ease on the rock face, down canyons and through the bush.

Mark epitomises the qualities all young instructors should aspire to.


Tall Totara: Kieran McKay
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.

Kieran has dedicated his life to adventure and exploration.  He’s scaled mountains and led teams deep underground to discover some of New Zealand’s last unexplored places. In fact, we are lucky that he is above ground tonight to receive this award. 

This prestigious award recognises Kieran’s subterranean exploits and his dedication to passing on his knowledge and love of adventure.

Kieran is renowned internationally for his caving exploits and named as one of Red Bull’s Explorers of the Century in 2013.  However, what is equally impressive is his drive to give back to the industry he loves.  Through outdoor instruction, assessing, speaking engagements, commitment to the NZ Speleological Society and input to developing and providing courses he is helping to inspire the next generation of adventurous kiwis.

On top of all that, as an active member of the Search and Rescue team, if you get into a pickle underground he’s the man that will show up to lead you out to the light.


Honorary Life Member: Andy Thompson
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.

We all know Andy has energy to spare, and over the years, he has channelled this into maintaining a high level of skills in numerous pursuits, mentoring young instructors and guides and contributing extensively and endlessly to NZOIA.

Andy has spent more than 30 years in outdoor instruction and education, including 17 years as a Programme Coordinator for Otago Polytechnic.  He has influenced many young instructors some of whom are in this room tonight. 

Andy has worked as an Antarctic Field Trainer, Army Adventurous Training Instructor, Mt Cook Search and Rescue team member and World Challenge Expedition Leader.  He has made a tremendous contribution to the sector having served on NZOIA’s Board for a number of years including two as the President.  He takes a leading role in assessing the Sea Kayak qualifications and is constantly offering his time, support and resources to the administration team.

Andy we thank you for your, humour, enthusiasm and your continuous loyalty to NZOIA.


Process

1 April 2019:   Nominations open

30 June 2019: Nominations close

Awards are announced and presented at the NZOIA Excellence Awards Dinner at the Symposium. 

 

Criteria

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)

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

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 Level 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

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

Do you know someone deserving of an NZOIA Award? Using the nomination form below, please forward your written submissions, with reasons detailing nomination to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 30th June 2018.

Click here to download a Nomination Form

 

Judging

Judging Period: 1 July - 30 June

Judging Panel: NZOIA is privileged to have many skilled and generous people within our membership. Three of these people, who are also Life Members – Jill Dalton, John Entwisle and Grant Davidson make up the 2018 judging panel. From the NZOIA Board, thank you so much Jill, John and Grant for the efficiency, commitment and knowledge that you continue to bring to this process.

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