1a. Change Maker - LGBTI
For young people who have created positive change in, or for, the LGBTI community.
1b. Change Maker - Cultural
For young people who have created positive change to foster cultural understanding in their community.
1c. Change Maker - Community Safety
For young people who have created positive change, resulting in a safer environment for young people in their community.
2. Leadership

The Leadership Award will be awarded to a young person who has demonstrated their leadership in a project or organisation.

3. Giving Back

The Giving Back Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.

4. Working for Youth

The Working for Youth Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.

5. Youth With Disability

The Youth with Disability Award will be awarded to a young person with a disability who has made significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.

6. Youth Group
The Youth Group Award will be awarded to a group of young people who have made significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.
7. Youth Champion
The Youth Champion Award will be awarded to an individual or an organisation who has made significant contribution to young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, education, the environment, health, research or sport.

8. Youth Enterprise Award
For an individual or a youth-led enterprise which has demonstrated business acumen, innovation and/or social responsibility.

New Zealand Youth Awards 2017 will be awarded to up to five recipients in each of the above categories.