Gary Ware Legacy Award

29 March 2021, 12:42 UTC |


  1. A new youth award in Aotearoa. Receive funding to power your human rights idea.
  2. This is your chance to really build a world based on justice and kindness.
  3. It only takes 10 minutes to apply.

Applications have opened for 2022 and winners will be announced in December.

Get brainstorming and enter your great human rights initiative HERE




A world based on kindness, justice and aroha. You can help make it happen.

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand is thrilled to invite you to apply for the Gary Ware Legacy Award for Human Rights. If you're a young New Zealander, you could receive up to $4000 to power your creative idea and be the change you want to see in the world.

Are you passionate about human rights? Are you ready to stand with humanity? Then read on.

Gary Ware was a longstanding Amnesty Advocate whose dedication to human rights inspired generations of New Zelanders. This award is a celebration of Gary’s life. Each year, a young person or group will receive funding to make their human rights vision a reality. This is your chance.

We’re looking for creativity. We’re looking for positive impact. We’re looking for connection with people. We’re looking for new ways to build hope. We’re looking for young people to lead the way.

When we stand together, humanity wins. What’s your big idea to get more people speaking out, holding those in power to account and changing the system to be more fair?



Apply NOW for the Gary Ware Legacy Award!


Amnesty International doesn’t just believe in the power of humanity, we believe in the power of youth – and not at some unnamed point in the future when today’s youth are running the show, but here. Now.

Young people around the world are showing that they have the knowledge, the vision, the organising skills, the creativity and the determination to be a major part of the transformation of our societies. Greta Thunberg and the School Strike 4 Climate movement aren’t the first, but they’re a tremendously inspiring recent example of youth power.

It’s only right that young people have a real say in the move towards a more fair and sustainable world where everyone, no matter what their background, can live a life of dignity. That’s why Amnesty International and the Ware family are providing this opportunity for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe in you. Have you ever come up with a great idea, only to get stopped short because you didn’t have the resources to actually pull it off? We’re here to help.

So get your friends together and start brainstorming. What could you do to inspire people to stand up and take action? What could you do to steer governments and corporations towards respecting and defending human rights?


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GARY WARE 1938 - 2018

Gary was a passionate human rights advocate who inspired young people to get involved during his decades-long support of Amnesty International.

A lover of music, Gary organised many concerts and events to raise awareness and funds for human rights.

He served multiple terms on the Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand Board, helping our section to become a campaigning force domestically and a strong contributor to the movement globally.

In addition, Gary was Co-leader of the Amnesty International Tauranga Moana Group, which over the years wrote thousands of letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience. A highlight was when the group received a personal response from Chelsea Manning when she was released from prison in the United States.






"Gary was part of the Amnesty International Tauranga group for four decades. Nothing was too small or too great for him. He is missed and we are deeply grateful to Gary and the Ware family for gifting this award. It’s humbling coming from a family full of rights advocates steeped in NZ history. This award offers a powerful youth empowerment opportunity in New Zealand. And it shows just how meaningful a single bequest can be. This really is a beautiful lasting legacy of Gary’s life."

Margaret Taylor, Community Manager at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand