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How to nominate someone for Tahunui-a-Rangi.


The criteria for Tahunui-a-Rangi are as follows: 

  1. World class ingenuity and/or creative use of new knowledge in a unique structure, device, product, design, system, process, service or artefact(s);
  2. Demonstrable impact of the invention/creation which may include evidence such as changed practices or ways of thinking in a community of significant size, widespread uptake by end-users, displacement of other products or services, or commercial success;
  3. Recognition of the beneficial impacts of the invention/creation.

The key inventive and/or creative activities, should have been undertaken in New Zealand, and normally within the last five years. No more than four team leaders may be identified in the nomination.


Nominations must be loaded onto the Medals and Awards web portal. Please email the Academy (academy@royalsociety.org.nz) if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal.

Nominations should include: 

  • Nomination statement (max 1000 words) giving details of the relevant contributions the nominee (individual or team) has made to the invention/creation, the nature of the ingenuity/creative use of new knowledge, the impact of the invention/creation, its recognition either nationally or more widely, and any commercial success;
  • Nomination summary (not more than 300 words) in a form that can be used in publicity;
  • Brief citation (not more than 40 words) which may be used for publicity purposes;
  • Curriculum vitae(s) of the nominee (individual or key team members);
  • List of up to ten significant pieces of supporting evidence;
  • Two references (to be arranged by the nominator) from outside the nominee’s organisation.

Please note:

A nominee may require that the evaluation panel sign an appropriate confidentiality agreement.

Please also review general criteria that apply to all Royal Society Te Apārangi medals and awards.