Recognising rangatahi excellence as they strive to be excellent rangatira
The seventh annual Porirua Youth Awards celebrated some of the regions incredibly passionate and talented young people at Pātaka on September 21st 2017. The awards acknowledge achievements of 12 - 19 year olds across a range of categories. As usual, our panel of judges had a difficult task, due to the high calibre of the 28 total applicants.
Nine deserving recipients received acknowledgement at the Porirua Youth Awards 2017. There are awards available in Art and Culture, Education, Environment and Community, and Sport, with distinction of the junior level (year 9-11) and senior level (year 12 – 13). Click here to learn more about the awards for next year.
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 purpose of the Porirua Youth Awards is to reward Porirua young people who are excelling in their field of achievements. The Porirua Youth Awards 2017 recipients and attendees were inspired by guest speaker, Kererua Savage’s magnificent speech, encouraging the recipients to surround yourself with a strong team and if you fall along your journey, “fall forward and your team will catch you”. The 2017 awards were awarded by Mike Tana, acknowledging and admiring our youth who are “leading the way”. "Many congratulations to our rangatahi receiving the 2017 Porirua Youth Awards. Your talent, ability and hard work is awesome! Ka mau te wehi!"
This year, we celebrated 2 junior commended awards, 3 senior commended awards and 4 overall excellence awards. See their personal citations here.
Camden Feint, 15 – Commended in Sport
Kōtuku Ruki, 13 – Commended in Sport
Abby McRoberts, 17 – Commended in Education
Nico Hackner, 17 – Commended in Education
Tyla Ahern, 17 – Commended in Environment & Community
Ben Sawrey, 17 – Excellence in Art & Culture
Lyric Faleafaga, 17 – Excellence in Sport
Austen Rangi, 17 – Excellence in Education
Katie Daly, 17 – Excellence in Environment & Community
Congratulations to all the outstanding recipients - & to the community who raises them!
Partners Porirua and The Porirua Foundation continue to support with the coordination and long term sustainability of the awards fund; but this incredible initiative would not continue to be possible without the ongoing support from Porirua City Council and our notable sponsors; Whittaker's, Derek Wootton Memorial Trust, Bob & Sue Shennan, and Wellington Windows and Doors.