The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in education with Flaxmere College taking out top honours. 

Other winners include Rotorua Girls' High School for the Excellence in Governance, William Colenso College for the 2018 Focus Prize and Toru Fetū Kindergarten for Excellence in Engaging. 

Cash awards include $3000 to all finalists, $20,000 to the winners in each category, and an additional $30,000 to the supreme award winner, but Flaxmere College says the real reward is seeing their students succeed. 

The winners of the night say their awards are a testament to the fact that the education sector is finally seeing the merits of embracing the Māori culture to see our kids thrive.