Celebrating Success

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

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The purpose of the Porirua Youth Awards is to give financial assistance to young people who are excelling by providing a financial recognition of that excellence. There are up to five categories for the grants –

Art and Culture, Education, Sport, STEM, Environmental or community work.


2022 Porirua Youth Awards


Grant applications for 2022 have now closed 

Seclection by judging panel 23 – 30 September 2022

Awards Function 19 October 2022




He whakamihi, congratulations to our 2021 Porirua Youth Award Recipients!

Recipient Age School Award Award Category
Bailey Symons 15 Whitby Collegiate Commended Sport
Kaela Stodart 15 Aotea College Commended Community/Environment
Failelei-Fay Nafatali 17 Bishop Viard College Commended Education
Hannah Mercer 17 Aotea College Excellence Education
Suné Weyers 18 Kapiti College Commended Education
Grace Muldrock 17 Aotea College Commended Art/Culture
Brian Fiedalan 17 Mana College Commended Art/Culture
Jemma Brisk 18 Aotea College Commended Community/Environment
Jennifer Coulston 17 Aotea College Commended Community/Environment
Sarah Habib 17 Tawa College Commended Community/Environment
Abby Draper 17 Wellington Girls College Commended Sport
Emelita Fa’asalele-Leota 17 Bishop Viard College Excellence Sport


Back: Jemma Brisk, Jennifer Coulston, Hannah Mercer, Mayor Anita Baker, Brian Fiedalan, Abby Draper, Kaela Stodard, Suné Weyers

Front: Failelei-Fay Nafatali, Emelita Fa’asalele-Leota, Grace Muldrock, Sarah Habib


Each year Partners Porirua coordinates these awards as a way of celebrating many of the outstanding rangatahi employed in Porirua. Dale Carnegie also sponsors the Young Leader of the Year who receives a scholarship to attend this world-famous programme.

 The Young Employee Awards evening was recently held in conjunction with the Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Porirua City Council.  The event took place at the Whitireia Community Polytechnic Library, a great place to celebrate our youth.  Nominees included young employees from across many different sectors such as hospitality, sales and service, construction and recreation. This year we had 19 nominations, all of a very high calibre. The feedback from employers and attendees at the function has been very positive.

Winner of the 2020 Young Employee Award – Nai Mullane-Ronaki from Kia Ora Hauora (CCDHB)
Dale Carnegie Leadership Award – Tyra Misky from Tu Ora Compass Health
Rising Star Award – Rex Thompson from Edwards and Hardy Roofing


Partners Porirua is well recognised for its community contributions and sound business practice. In 2013 and 2016 the organisation was named the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award at the Westpac Porirua Business Awards.  Tau kē!

Partners Porirua was also recognised for the valuable contribution of volunteers in being named the 2014 Porirua region Supreme Winner in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

A key success factor for Partners Porirua has been its 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, .

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

Michelle Robinson
Executive Director
Partners Porirua

“The Dale Carnegie Leadership award made all the hard work worth it. The confidence this gave me, and the scholarship I received, enabled me to accomplish things beyond what I would have thought was possible.”

Jessica Pritchard
Young Leader of the Year scholarship recipient 2017

“The Young Leader of the Year scholarship provides outstanding young employees in Porirua with the opportunity to shine and develop into outstanding leaders of the future. We’re proud to sponsor this initiative.”

Peter Couchman
Managing Director
Dale Carnegie Wellington