Porirua Youth Awards

The purpose of the Porirua Youth Awards is to reward young people who are excelling.  Awards are given in art and culture, education, environment or community work, and sport.  Different from most awards, the Porirua Youth Awards recognises youth in two age categories - junior (12-15 year olds) and senior (16-18 year olds).

This initiative was created in response to numerous inquiries and requests for attention and support to be given to young people of Porirua who are achieving in school, on the sport field, on the stage, and in the community. The Porirua Youth Awards provides a medium by which Porirua City acknowledges our youth who are leading the way.

Past patron, Hekia Parata, championed raising funds for Porirua Youth Awards with over $35,000 being raised in 2010 through the parliamentary games, a celebrity debate, fundraising auction and generous donations. Since then, support has come from the Porirua City Council and a number of generous sponsors, including Whittakers, Derek Wooton Memorial Trust, Wellington Windows and Doors, and Bob & Sue Shennan.



  • Grant applications open 23 July 2018
  • Grant applications close 31 August 2018
  • Interviews held with judging panel 17 – 21 September 2018
  • Winners announced 28 September 2018
  • Awards function 25 October 2018


For more details and to download an application form click here


 Special thanks to our notable sponsors; Whittakers, Derek Wooton Memorial Trust, Mike Oxnam, Bob & Sue Shennan and Alex Laplanche - Wellington Windows and Doors.
Without the support of sponsors this award would not be possible.




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