- The Award will be of an amount to be determined by the National Executive of the NZ Founders Society from time to time, but will not be less than $1,500 or more than $3,000. There is one award per year available and applications should be received by 31 August for the coming year.
- The method of payment will be one-third forwarded to the candidate on confirmation of their success, a further one-third after a period of approximately six months when the Society has received confirmation of satisfactory progress and a final payment of one-third after receipt of satisfactory evidence showing completion of the research.
- The Award is made for research in the areas of national or local history but not for research into personal family backgrounds, family trees or pure genealogy. However, a full length account or biography of a founding family or family member could be accepted provided the topic has general appeal.
- Research must be completed within one year following notification of winning the Award, or within a time limit agreed to by the National Executive of the Society prior to the payment of the first instalment of the Award or subsequently.
- The research can be a finite part of a larger piece of research, but must be able to be published alone.
- Following completion and the work being made public, the NZ Founders Society Inc. reserves the right to use or to publish in part or in any way it thinks appropriate, the research of an Award winner. This condition does not contravene the rights of the author, and any such publication will be with the prior agreement of the author and will not in any way be to the detriment of the publication of the completed research.
- All research reports and/or publications must contain a printed acknowledgement to the NZ Founders Society Inc. A waiver of this requirement can only be granted by the National Executive of the Society.
- The work is to be published in printed form and at least one complimentary copy of the final report or publication must be presented to the Society. The Society does not support publications that are solely in electronic form. In the event of the project not being completed within the agreed time limit, any progress payments not made and the final payment, could be forfeited.
- The acceptance of these conditions is to be acknowledged by the applicant on their application form.
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Previous Award Recipients
2022 Lyn Williams - Biography of John and Bunny Mortimer
2021 Not Awarded
2020 Alan Livingston - Te Pahu, A history
2019 Sonia Edwards QSM - "Valour Remembered, Kawe Mate" - WWII Fallen in Eastern Bay of Plenty, Vol 1 Opotiki to Raukokore, Vol 2 Whakatane and District
2018 Rose Chapman - A Beacon on the Hills: Duart House and the McLeans of Havelock North
2017 Not Awarded
2016 Loraine Sole - "Upokongaro" The Community Up-River 1840-1960
2015 Not awarded
2014 Judy Siers - Arrivals (not completed)
2004-2013 Not awarded
2003 Ian Doughtery - Vauxhall Gardens, Dunedin's Notorious Victorian Pleasure Gardens
2001-2002 Not awarded
2000 Making Good on Shaky Ground - A story of colonial Wellington, William Wallis and his cottage (The Colonial Cottage, Nairn Street)
1999 Valerie Cowan - Bridging the Centuries - Five New Zealanders born 1896-1899 talk about their lives
1998 Ann Beaglehole - A History of Eastbourne
1997 Dick Paterson - Hey Days and Dray Days: The Story of Olrig Station and District 1859-1998
1996 Alison Wong - As the Earth Turns Silver, novel set in Wellington circa 1907-1915 with Chinese and British characters
1994-1995 Not awarded
1993 Nerida Campbell - The History of Prefabricated Buildings in Auckland 1840-1865
1992 John Berry - A Man's Tall Dream - The Story of Eastwoodhill
1991 Jean Garner - Sir John Hall: PIoneer, Pastoralist and Politician
1990 Juliet Heraud - Maud Sherwood: NZ Artist 1880-1956
1989 Denis Fairfax - Bibliography of NZ Naval History and Affairs
1988 Doris Stokes - Life of Janetta Maria Cooksley - artist
1987 Ruth Fry - Maud and Amber (Reeves)
1986 Sheila Natusch - William Swainson 19th Century Naturalist
1985 Eric Warr - From Bush-burn to Butter - a history of the NZ dairy industry
1984 Rev J C McKean - Maori Education 1925-1945
1984 Patricia Sargeson - Victoria's Furthest Daughters 1830-1914
1983 William Main - History of NZ Photography and Photographers
1982 Jenny Hammond - Social History of NZ Children