Antony Welton Fellowship

“I believe in the potential in people and that everyone can lead lives of value. Realising a life of value is harder for some and they are battling barriers before they even start.  Te Rourou is providing a chance to lower a few of the barriers through this fellowship. I am excited to see what rangatahi achieve when they are provided support shoulder to shoulder.”  – Antony Welton

In 2021, Antony Welton stepped down from his role as the Chair of Te Rourou after 12 years of dedicated voluntary service. To honour his contributions to our organisation and the commitment he has made to improving outcomes for rangatahi, we established the Antony Welton Fellowship.

This fellowship, set up with the generous support of Jason Paris and One New Zealand, provides one young person each year with a $10,000 Fellowship to support them to work towards their vision for the future. The Fellowship recipient must be able to articulate an achievable goal for the 12-month period of their fellowship, and a longer-term vision for themselves and their community. This vision must help to create positive change for others and work towards the Foundation’s goal of a more equitable Aotearoa for all young people.

Young people must be supported by a nominating organisation – a school, alternative education provider, a youth organisation or a partner organisation of Te Rourou, One Aotearoa Foundation. They must live within a nominated geographic region – for 2022, this region is Invercargill and Bluff – the Waihopai and Awarua rūnaka.

We are aiming to support young people who are over-burdened and under-resourced and who have lived experience of exclusion and disadvantage. For us this means young people who have had one (or more) of these experiences:

  • They have engaged with the care and protection system (Oranga Tamariki)
  • They have had interactions with the justice system (either themselves or their immediate whānau)
  • While growing up they have experienced material deprivation or poverty
  • The education system has not met their educational needs, which may have resulted in stand-downs and exclusion, early exit from secondary school, or spending time with an alternative education provider
  • They are, or have been, young parents
  • We will also give additional weight to young people who identify as Māori or Pasifika and have experienced structural, systemic and interpersonal racism – though young people of all backgrounds and ethnicities are welcome to apply

Applications will be accepted in English, Te Reo or sign language, in written format, or via video.

Criteria for selection for 2022 applications:

  • The young person must be aged between 15 and 24 on 1st September 2022
  • They must live within Invercargill or Bluff – Waihopai or Awarua rūnaka, the nominated geographic region for the 2022 round
  • They must have an achievable goal for the 12-month period of their fellowship and a clearly articulated long-term vision for the future
  • They must have an intention to invest the $10,000 in personal and/or professional development. This may include:
    • Ongoing education and training
    • Non-academic research
    • Retreat or travel experiences with a specific learning goal
    • Connection to whakapapa or cultural heritage
  • The application must be supported by a nominating organisation who are willing to make a strong recommendation, as well as two character referees who can help our selection panel understand more about the young person

The successful recipient will receive:

  • $10,000 as a contribution towards their goal
  • An opportunity to visit One NZ and Te Rourou at our Auckland Head Office
  • Mentoring from Antony Welton and others with goal specific skills


Applications for 2022 closed on the 12th of September

Meet our 2022 Antony Welton Fellow: Sydney Bristow-Kennedy

Winner of the Antony Welton Fellowship 2022 is Sydney Bristow-Kennedy (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi). Sydney is passionate about creating opportunities for Māori and Pasifika rangatahi, especially in her home of Southland.

Sydney will be using her Fellowship to set herself up to continue at Murihiku Young Parents’ Learning Centre to complete her University Entrance, as well as gain work experience in a youth coach organisation to better understand what roles she could work in, building connections and relationships on the way.

“I believe youth should have equal opportunities no matter what background they come from.” – Sydney

2021 Antony Welton Fellow: Bailey Ives

The inaugural Antony Welton Fellowship was awarded to Bailey Ives. Bailey is an incredible young woman, with big aspirations, great leadership skills and a wonderful support crew cheering her on.

Bailey has a desire to transform the justice system in Aotearoa. She plans to use the $10,000 Antony Welton fellowship to gain more knowledge, understanding and experience in the youth justice area.

“I want to be a part of the solution, particularly for Māori and Pasifika youth. I want to be part of building a more equitable future for my people and creating an Aotearoa where my son can thrive as a strong and proud tane.” – Bailey