The Michael Barnett Scholarship

Closing date: OPEN FROM 23 April 2021. CLOSING 5pm, 25 JUNE 2021.
Value of Award: $5,000 each available.
No. of awards: Two
Tenure: One Year


Online Application Form

Michael was appointed chief executive of the Auckland Chamber in 1991. He has led the Chamber through times of change and challenge while maintaining focus on what was good for business and good for Auckland. Michael’s role as chief executive has enabled him to contribute on issues of trade and policy for growing our economy and provided a voice for business. It's allowed him to pursue initiatives that have enabled youth to participate in the workforce and provide leadership on matters of diversity and advocated on behalf of business on issues including “red tape” education, transport, international trade, ports and local government efficiency. He was an elected local Government politician for 9 years. He was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2011.  

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship to mark Michael Barnett’s 25 years of leadership of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Selection criteria:

  • You will need to be a promising communication or management student who would benefit from this scholarship, to complete your studies? or You will need to be a great communicator who could benefit from this scholarship in order to develop strong leadership skills? or You will need to have a research project, associated with leadership or communication that would benefit from this scholarship?

General Information:

How do students apply?
Make sure you complete and submit an online application form by the scholarship due date.    
Online Application Form

Decision makers
All applications are submitted to a selection committee.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
The short listed candidates will be interviewed by Michael Barnett and a member of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce Board.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Application Requirements Written statement Digital video statement Interview (Presentation)  

Additional information
You need to include: Academic History Details of your vision and the research you would conduct if you were the recipient of the scholarship Any relevant work experience (interests and/or community) Your achievements

Who else has information about this award?

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Kate Barrett
Digital Communications Executive
Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Phone: : 09 309 6100
Fax: 09 309 0081


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