Established by the late Merle Higgie's Family. Merle was an avid supporter of the work of the NZ Opera School and for years a regular attender at the School's public events.

The Governor General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Pasty Reddy and Manase Latu receiving “The Merle Higgie Opera Prize for Potential”

The Governor General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Pasty Reddy and Manase Latu receiving “The Merle Higgie Opera Prize for Potential”