Every year, up to 10 of our country's top teachers are celebrated at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted by the Minister of Education.
Since 2001, the awards have recognised more than 200 of this country’s top tertiary teachers. The categories include:
- General – Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching (up to 10 annual awards, each worth $20,000)
- Kaupapa Māori – Sustained Excellence for Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori Context (two or more annual awards, each worth $20,000)
- Excellence in Supporting Pacific Learners endorsement (one annual endorsement selected from the above two category nominees, worth $5,000)
- Prime Minister’s Supreme Award (one annual award selected from the above nominees, worth an additional $10,000).
In 2020, nine teachers received sustained excellence awards for their contribution to tertiary teaching and learning under the General and Kaupapa Māori categories.
The Prime Minister's Supreme Award went to Rhys Jones – Senior Lecturer, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, The University of Auckland.