Porirua Youth Awards 2020


Twelve of our rangatahi were celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments at this year’s eleventh annual Porirua Youth Awards.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker congratulated each of them for their hard work and achievements at the awards ceremony at Pataka last Thursday.  Recipients received up to $1500 to put towards further study or other goals.

Rangatahi participating and leading the way in education, culture and arts, environment and community work and sports feature in the awards each year.

“The calibre of award applications this year was extremely high. So much talent in our Porirua area”, said Nadine Houia-Ashwell, a member of the judging panel and previous 2012 award recipient.

The audience was inspired by guest speaker Noa Woolloff who shared his personal experiences and encouraged the winners to believe in themselves and their capabilities. Taleyah Marshall, an extremely talented Year 13 student from Te Kura Māori o Porirua, moved everyone with her performance of an original song in Te Reo Maori.

A special thanks goes out to our emcees Murray Faivalu,  Rhianne Taurau and Tahlia Steedman who did an amazing  job. 

He whakamihi, congratulations to our 2020 Porirua Youth Award Recipients!

Hayley Searancke, 17yrs (Year 13, Kapiti College) –  Excellence, Arts and Culture
Daniella Gibson,17yrs (Year 13, Aotea College) – Excellence, Education
Owyn Aitkins, 13yrs (Year 13, Aotes College) – Highly Commended, Education
Max Weinstein, 16yrs (Year 12, Aotea College) – Highly Commended, Sport
Taleyah Marshall, 17yrs (Year 13, Te Kura Māori o Porirua) – Highly Commended, Arts and Culture
Jess Jenkins, 17yrs (Year 13, Tawa College) – Highly Commended, Arts and Culture
Tara Watkins, 17yrs (Year 13, Aotea College) – Commended, Education
Agnes Valasi, 17yrs, (Year 13,Bishop Viard College) Commended, Education
Sendhil Rungasamy,18yrs (Year 13, Tawa College) – Commended, Education
Grace Fale , 14yrs, (Year 9, Aotea College)- Commended, Sport
Greer Pugh, 18yrs (Year 13 Aotea College) Commended, – Community and Environment
Shaniyah Munroe, 18yrs (Year 13, Mana College) – Commended, Education

Top Row: Sendhil Rungasamy (Tawa College), Grace Fale (Aotea College), Hayley Searanche (Kapiti College), Taleyah Marshall (Te Kura Māori o Porirua), Tara Watkins (Aotea College)
Bottom Row: Agnes Valasi (Bishop Viard College), Jess Jenkins (Tawa College), Max Weinstein (Aotea College), Greer Pugh (Aotea College), Owyn Aitken (Aotea College), Daniella Gibson (Aotea College) Shaniyah Munroe (Mana College)

Taleyah Marshall receiving her award from Mayor Anita Baker and our three emcees Rhianne, Tahlia and Murray.