Celebrating Rangatahi

We are promoting Porirua, the young talent within the city, and helping to foster a sense of community pride

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Porirua Youth Awards

Applications for the 2024 Porirua Youth Awards are now open – click here

The purpose of the Porirua Youth Awards is to give assistance to young people who are excelling by providing financial recognition of that excellence. There are up to five categories for the grants – Art and Culture, Education, Sport, STEM, Environmental or Community Work.

This initiative was created in response to numerous requests for support and to acknowledge young people of Porirua who are leading the way and achieving in school, on the sport field, on the stage, and in the community.

The awards were established in 2010 when past patron, Hekia Parata, championed raising funds for Porirua Youth Awards.   Since then, support has come from Porirua City Council and a number of generous sponsors, including Whittakers, Wellington Windows and Doors, Helen and Chris Kirk-Burnnand, Bob & Sue Shennan and The Porirua Foundation.

These awards are to recognise young people who are outstanding and excellent in both attainment and attitude. After written applications are received, a panel of independent judges select the award recipicents.  An annual Youth Awards function is held with whanau and community supporters where the Mayor presents the awards.

2023 Porirua Youth Awards Recipients

He whakamihi, congratulations to our 2023 Porirua Youth Award Recipients!

Amelia Maguire (Chilton St James) – Award – Excellence (Art & Culture)

Gabriel Anthony (Whitby Collegiate) – Award – Excellence (Community, Environment and Leadership)

Danielle Rule (Aotea College) – Award – Excellence (Education)

Hannah Coulston (Aotea College) – Award – Excellence (Community & Environment)

Jillian Tupuse (Tawa College) – Award – Excellence (Art & Culture)

Ajay Kumar (Tawa College) – Award – Excellence (Sport)

Riley Pugh (Aotea College) – Award – Excellence (STEM)

Celine Ngan (Aotea College) – Award – Highly Commended (Education)



Wanita Muldrock (Aotea College) – Award – Highly Commended (Community, Environment and Leadership)

Erena Page (Aotea College) – Award – Highly Commended (Arts & Culture)

Liam Neal (Aotea College) Award – Highly Commended (Sport)

Caitlin Lafaele (St Marys College) – Highly Commended (Education)

Grace Yala (Porirua College) – Commended (Community, Environment and Leadership)

Maria Lapana (Aotea College) – Commended (Community, Environment and Leadership)

Sio Letele (Bishop Viard College) – Emerging Leader (Education)

Maia Leonard (Mana College) – Emerging Leader (Education)

Young Employee Award

Each year Partners Porirua coordinates these awards as a way of celebrating many of the outstanding rangatahi employed in Porirua.

Young Employee Awards evenings are held annually  in conjunction with the Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Porirua City Council. Employers nominate young employees who they feel have made an outstanding contribution to their business.  Nominees include young employees from across many different sectors such as hospitality, sales and service, construction and recreation.

Congratulations 2023 Winners

Winner of the 2023 Young Employee Award – Maxwell To’omaga from Higgins

Dale Carnegie Leadership Award – Tania Noble-Shedlock from Te Ahuru Mōwai

Rising Star Award – Mya Misky from Kainga Ora

Recognition for Partners Porirua’s Work

We have been delighted over the years to have received fabulous feedback from our community for the work we do. We have also been formally recognised for our community contributions and sound business practice. 

Over the years awards we have received numerous awards including the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award at the Westpac Porirua Business Awards and as a supreme winner in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards in recognition for the valuable contribution of volunteers. Tau kē!

A key success factor for Partners Porirua has been our ability to bring together businesses and community to work alongside educators to encourage rangatahi to be innovative, enterprising and entrepreneurial. These are the qualities required for the workforce of the future and the key to developing youth for te ao mahi, the working world.


“Partnering with the team at Partners Porirua to provide employment to rangatahi as well as acknowledging our own young people through the Awards is one of my career highlights.” 


“I’ve noticed the rangatahi inspire our experienced employees to step up as mentors to provide guidance and support to our young talent.”