Every year, more than a dozen of our country's top teachers are celebrated at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Innovation.
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 ( up to three 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 2018, 10 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 Faumuina Associate Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago.