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

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.

2022 Porirua Youth Awards Recipients

He whakamihi, congratulations to our 2022 Porirua Youth Award Recipients!

Teniku Vailahi (Porirua College) – Award – Highly Commended (Arts & Culture)

Paige Lilo (Whitby Collegiate) – Award – Highly Commended (Sports)

Ishaan Badiyani (Whitby Collegiate) – Award – Highly Commended (Education)

Oriana Ewens (Tawa College) – Award – Highly Commended (Arts & Culture)

Mannfred Sofara (Bishop Viard College) Award – Highly Commended (Education and Leadership)

Samuel Lee (Aotea College) – Award Excellence (Education)

Jack Chapman (Mana College) – Award – Highly Commended (Community, Environment and Leadership)

Cedar Porteous (Tawa College) – Award – Highly Commended (Community and Environment)

Ana Ayora (St Mary’s College) – Award – Highly Commended (Community and Environment)

Maiden-Lee Coe (Te Kura Māori o Porirua) – Award – Highly Commended (Sports)

Kaita Hummel-Jibiki (Tawa College) – Award – Highly Commended (STEM)

Isobel Reece (Aotea College) – Award – Highly Commended (STEM)

Hannah Grace (Kapiti College) – Award – Excellence (STEM)

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 2022 Winners

Winner of the 2022 Young Employee Award – Albert McKane from Revl LTD

Dale Carnegie Leadership Award – Ethan Cooper-Martin from The Graeme Dingle Foundation

Rising Star Award – Tina Paulo from Downer

Contribution to Business Awards – Liam Rongonui from Russell Properties LTD, Tylah Beyer-Mair from Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand

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.”