Faculty of Arts prizes

Prize Value Criteria
A C Keys Memorial Prize $200 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student who in the year of the award achieves the best final grades in four advanced courses taken in any two of the Romance Languages.
Adrienne Jarvis Prize in Art History $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time) student who has achieved the highest mark in the ARTHIST 794 Research Essay as part of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History.
Alma Logan Prize in Italian Language $300 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who it is considered has made the most progress in the two Italian language courses for Stage I Italian and who, in the year of the award, is proceeding to at least three further courses in Italian.
Arthur Sewell Prize in English $400 The prize will be awarded annually for the most outstanding work done during the year in the fields of Shakespeare studies or Milton studies.
Asian History Award $125 The Award will recognise annually the person who, in the opinion of staff teaching Asian History courses, has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the study of Asian History, as indicated by factors such as the number of courses taken in this subject at undergraduate or postgraduate level and significant contribution to classwork.
Auckland Classical Association Prize in Classical Studies $200 The Prize will be awarded annually by the University of Auckland Council on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, until such time as the prize fund is exhausted.
Auckland Classical Association Prizes $100 One Prize will be awarded annually, for the best grades in Stage I Greek and Stage I Latin respectively.
The Auckland Medical History Society Essay Prize $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student at Stage 3 or Honours level at the University of Auckland who achieves the highest mark in a 5,000 word essay or a portfolio of two 2,500 word essays, on a subject/subjects relating to the history of medicine.
Blaze O'Connor Prize $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the graduating student who has achieved the highest marks for the Master of Arts degree in Anthropology.
Cherry and Geoff Worger Art History Prize $250 This award will recognise the achievement of an undergraduate student studying New Zealand, Pacific or Australian art in the Department of Art History who has achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher in their Art History courses and who has shown the highest level of participation and commitment to their studies of this subject (Refer to Note i).
Christine Roigard Memorial Prize $400 The Prize will be awarded annually to the best student of the year in German II.
Confucius Institute Chinese Prizes Fees credit Two Prizes will be awarded annually to the students enrolled in CHINESE 300 and/or CHINESE 301 who achieved the best GPA over their Stage II Chinese language courses.
David G Carter Prize in Humanities $1,000 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest GPA in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in the School of Humanities (see Note i) and who completes their Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in the year of the award. The quality and potential evident in the student’s coursework in their Humanities courses will also be considered in making the award.
David Wright Prize in English $250 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student who achieved the highest mark in a research project (or dissertation or thesis) undertaken for a BA(Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or an MA, in English.
Department of Sociology Korowai Prize $250 Two Prizes will be awarded annually, one in for each Graduation ceremony, and the value of the Prizes will be $250 each. The awarded student will also wear the Department of Sociology’s Korowai at their Graduation ceremony (see Note i).
Geoff Evans Prize for excellence in Screen Production $7,500 in post production services The Prize will be awarded annually to a full-time Masters student in Screen Production. Students awarded the highest marks for their work in SCREEN 797A/B. Films produced by the three (or more) top-rated candidates will be nominated to Images & Sound who will select the winner in consultation with the Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies.
Goethe Society Prize in German Studies $250 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the examiners has done the best work in German studies at Stage III level. The Prize winner will normally be expected to do an Honours degree in German or in Languages and Literature with German as one language in a subsequent year.
H A Montgomery Memorial Prize $1,250 The Prize will be awarded to the student at the University of Auckland who has done the best work during the year in logic (broadly understood to include formal logic, the foundations of mathematics, and applications of logic to other systematic study within the arts and sciences). Students from any Faculty or Department are eligible.
Haydon Prize $125 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who has achieved the highest GPA, at any level of study, in courses relating to the history of empire.
Jacob Marx Memorial Prizes in History $500 each

One Prize of $500 will be awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest overall marks across their best two courses in History at Stage I level and displays a passion for History (see Note i).

One Prize of $500 will be awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest overall marks across their best two courses in History at Stage II level and displays a passion for History (see Note i).

One Prize of $500 will be awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest overall marks across their best two courses in History at Stage III level and displays a passion for History (see Note i).

Joan Oliver Award in French up to $1,000 One Award will be made annually to the most academically meritorious student undertaking Stage III of a Bachelor of Arts or an honours year in French, taking into account all previous French work examined to date. The recipient must be committed to the study of French which will be demonstrated by their intention to continue studies or to have French designated as their major.
John Asher Prize in Stage I German $180 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the examiners, has done the best work in German at Stage I level.
John Asher Prize in Stage II German Literature $180 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the examiners, has done the best work in German Literature at Stage II level.
John Mulgan Prize $400 The Prize will be awarded annually to the best student of the year in Greek II, III or Honours.
John Tinline Prize in English $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who secures the highest aggregate marks gained in any four courses in English III taken in the same year.
Jolanda Allen Prize in Asian Studies $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts who achieves the highest GPA across two or more Stage II or Stage III lanuage and culture courses in Asian Studies; Chinese, Japanese or Korean. At least one language course must be included.
Jonathan Hunt Prize in Politics and International Relations $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time undergraduate student majoring in Politics and International Relations who achieves the best grades in Politics and International Relations.
Jonathan McKeown-Green Prize in Philosophy $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who has completed a major in Philosophy and has achieved the best
overall result (measured by GPA), based on his or her Stage II and Stage III Philosophy papers.
Judith Binney - Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Prize in Maori History $450 The Prize will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student majoring in History who has achieved the highest GPA across two or more courses at any level, relating to the study of Maori history.
Judith Binney - Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Prize in Aotearoa New Zealand History $450 The Prize will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student majoring in History who has achieved the highest GPA across two or more courses at any level, relating to the study of Aotearoa New Zealand history.
Louise Perkins Prize in Art History $1,000 of Book Vouchers The Prize will be awarded annually to a suitable candidate who is a part-time or full-time student who has completed a major in Art History with the overall highest grade point average in the subject.
Maharaia Winiata Memorial Prize $1,500 The Prize will be awarded for the most outstanding original essay on some aspect of Māori culture (traditional or contemporary) presented or published as a result of academic study in the year of the award by a student enrolled in a New Zealand university. The essay should be one of between 2000 and 6000 words.
Margaret Morton Memorial Prize $300 The Prize will be awarded annually to the female student with the most potential to succeed (as determined by examination or thesis grades in relevant subjects) in Mathematics Education, or Discrete Mathematics (including Graph Theory). If there is no suitable candidate in these areas, then consideration will be given to offering the prize to the female student with the most potential to succeed in another area of Pure or Applied Mathematics.
Michael & Dame Rosie Horton Prize $750 The Prize will be awarded annually for the best work submitted for Stage II or Stage III courses in New Zealand Literature by an undergraduate student.
Michael Hirschfied Award in Archaeology $4,500 The Award will be made to a full-time student at the University of Auckland who has distinguished himself/herself in Stage III, Honours or Masters courses in Archaeology offered by the Department of Anthropology.
Musgrove Memorial Prize $1,000 The Prize will be awarded annually to a full-time student enrolled in Stage III of a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a Master of Arts or a PhD for outstanding achievement, including but not limited to assessed marks or GPA, in the study and/or performance of Shakespeare or 17th century literature.
N.A.C. McMillan Memorial Award $700 The basis of selection will be the student with the best academic record in New Zealand History from the previous year.
Nicholas Tarling Prize in History $300 The Prize will be awarded annually to the best student taking history courses at either Stage II or Stage III with a focus on Asia.
Noni Wright Prize in Film, Television & Media Studies $250 The Prize will be awarded annually to a first-year student majoring in Film, Television & Media Studies who has displayed the best overall academic performance in both FTVMS 100 Media Studies and FTVMS 101 Film Studies. As a minimum standard, the student must achieve an A- grade.
Philip Sidney Ardern Memorial Prize $450 The Prize will be awarded to the student who has achieved the best academic record at Stage III level toward a major in English.
Professor Sally Harvey Memorial Prize in Spanish $1,000 The Prize will be awarded to the student enrolling in a Master of Arts in Spanish who shows special aptitude for research as demonstrated by the best essay submitted in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in the disciplinary area of Spanish.
Rachael Award $250 The Prize will be awarded annually to the top woman student in Stage I of Gender Studies.
Rae Hammer Memorial Prize in Latin Studies $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the best student of the year (determined by GPA) in Latin II, III or Honours.
Rae Hammer Memorial Prize in New Zealand History $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the most meritorious student who achieves the highest mark, and completes the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) History, in a programme of study that involves significant work in New Zealand History.
Richard Anschutz Prize for Stage 1 Political Philosophy $100 The Prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in PHIL 103 Freedom, Rights and Justice.
Robert Chapman Postgraduate Prize $800 The Prize will be awarded for the best piece of Masters or PhD research in the field of New Zealand politics.
Robert Chapman Prize in Politics and International Relations $400 The Prize shall be awarded to the student in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences who is deemed to have done the most outstanding work at undergraduate level in the field of New Zealand politics in the year of the award.
Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize in Sociological Research $1,000 The Prize will be awarded each year for a sociological thesis or research essay completed in the preceding academic year by a student enrolled in a Master’s programme in the Department of Sociology.
Roland Marleyn Prize in German Literature $200 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the examiners, has shown the greatest distinction in German literature at Stage III. The recipient will normally be expected to proceed to an MA in German (or in Languages and Literature with German as one language) in a subsequent year.
Sebastian Black Prize in English $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student achieving the highest aggregate of marks in two stage I English courses.
Shimon Weinroth Prize in Poetry $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student who produces the best piece of poetry and demonstrates a focus and commitment to writing poetry. In any given year, a student who obtains any of the following will be included for consideration for this Prize: a student awarded a PhD in Creative Practice degree (with a focus on poetry), a student awarded a B+ or higher in the Master of Creative Writing degree (with a focus on poetry) or a student completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Stage 3 course specialising in poetry (and earning a B+ or higher).
Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Prize $5,000 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student enrolled in the Master of Creative Writing degree who completed, in the year of the award, the manuscript that was judged by the selection committee to be of the highest quality for publication and the most likely to succeed commercially.
Stephen and Laura Dee Award in English Literature $2,000 The Award will be made annually to the most academically meritorious and promising student undertaking an honours year in English, taking into account all previous English Literature work examined in the qualifying degree programme (see Note i).
Theodore Roosevelt Honours Award in United States History $200 This Award will recognise annually a postgraduate student who has achieved the highest GPA in courses or research relating to the study of United States history.
The Jane and Graeme Thomas Award in Theology $2000 The Award will be made annually to the student who demonstrates improvement in final grades for papers in Theology and Religious Studies, over two or more years of their major in that subject (see Note i) and who has also participated actively and constructively in class discussions (as confirmed by their Lecturers in at least two of the most recent papers undertaken).
The Robert Menzies Prize $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student who achieves the best overall grades in his or her Stage III Politics and International Relations courses.
Thomas Jefferson Prize in United States History $200 This award will honour a Stage III majoring in History who has displayed the highest GPA in courses relating to the study of United States history.
Tony Cotton Memorial Prizes $200 The Prizes will be awarded annually to the undergraduate or postgraduate students respectively, who have achieved the highest GPA in courses or research in European history.
Waerete Norman Tikanga Wahine Prize $500 The Prize will be awarded annually to the student achieving the highest overall marks in one or more Māori Studies taught courses, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, that relate to the study of the literature and/or culture of Māori women.
Werner Droescher Prize in German Linguistics $150 The Prize will be awarded each year to the student who, in the opinion of the examiners, has shown the greatest distinction in German linguistics at any level. The recipient will normally be expected to do an MA in German, in Linguistics, or in Languages and Literatures with German as one language in a subsequent year.
W.K Lacey Prize in Acient History $250 The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student achieving the highest grades in Stage I Ancient History in the year of the award.