Recognising New Zealand’s Top Scholars

02 May 2019

PM Award Yang Fan Yun and PM

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, presents the 2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence to Yang Fan Yun of Macleans College.

Former Macleans College student Yang Fan Yun was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence at NZQA’s annual New Zealand Scholarship 2018 Top Scholar Award ceremony on 1 May.

The Top Scholar Awards are New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary school awards, with the Prime Minister’s Award recognising the highest overall achieving student in the 2018 New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, also presented Premier Awards to 11 students who had each achieved at least three Outstanding Scholarships with additional scholarships in the same year.

Premier Scholars are recommended by the Technical Overview Group Assessment – an academic committee with strong knowledge of educational assessment, set up to monitor and make recommendations to NZQA and the Ministry of Education about NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship assessment.

The highest achieving students in each of the 35 New Zealand Scholarship subjects were also recognised, in front of nearly 200 family members, teachers and others.

“Whatever career path these talented young people choose, I am excited to see the contribution each one makes to their communities, and to the wider world,” Hon Chris Hipkins said.

Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence winner Yang Fan Yun is not only a high academic achiever, but a scuba diver, hiker, and champion debater.

In addition to his own studies, Yang Fan helped support and tutor others, and is active in his community, as a member of the Howick Youth Council.

NZQA Board Chair, Murray Strong, opened the ceremony and presented the Top Subject Scholar Awards.

“Our top scholars have shown extraordinary ability across these areas - and they, their whānau and schools can be very proud of your achievements,” Murray Strong said.

More than 9,300 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship Examinations in 2018, with 2,415 students being awarded one or more scholarships.

Read more about the ceremony and all the award recipients.

The Minister of Education also released an official media statement as host of the event.


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