Porirua Youth Awards - 2017 Recipients

Excellence Award Winners

Austen Rangi, 17 - Excellence in Education

Head Boy for Tawa College.  He achieved Excellence endorsements at Levels 1 and 2, initiated the college’s first underwater hockey team, and competed at the National Barbershop Nationals for the past 4 years. Austen is a Warrant Officer of the Taupo Sea Cadets. One of his biggest goals is to support and encourage Maori youth in careers in science and technology. He wishes to attain a Masters of Engineering

Ben Sawrey, 17 - Excellence in Education


Head Boy at Aotea College and on track towards excellence endorsed NCEA Level 3.  Ben was the only delegate from Porirua to attend the Aotearoa United Nations Youth Declaration 2016, with focus on culture and heritage. He helped get a Kapa Haka group re-established at Aotea College, is a part of the Barbershop Chorus and Quartet, a leader of the Aotea College Chamber Choir, the Jazz Quartet and the Jazz Big Band. Ben has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir which will be travelling to Hong Kong in July '18. 



Lyric Faleafaga, 17 – Excellence in Sport

Attends St Marys College, Senior Leader for a Year 9 class and Code Captain for School Touch. Lyric has done volunteer work with DCM Food Bank and the school cultural group, and is now employed by New Zealand Rugby Football Union. Her sporting goal is to play for the New Zealand Black Ferns for as long as possible, and would love to play at an Olympics.  She is currently aiming to make the New Zealand youth Olympic squad 2018. Long term, Lyric intends to study in the field of physiotherapy or sport, preferably at Otago University.

Katie Daly, 17 – Excellence in Environment and Community

Head Girl at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. She is the founder of the Hygiene for Homeless, a registered St Johns volunteer, and the administrative director of Increase Clothing New Zealand. Katie has been selected for the 2018 United Nations Global Development Tour Delegation, travelling to America and Europe.  Next year, she plans to study a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and Political Science at Victoria University as well as continue her community work. Katie wants to pursue a career in politics, law, or diplomacy and foreign affairs


Commended Award Winners

Nico Hackner, 17 – Commended in Education

Deputy Head Boy at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, he has achieved Excellence endorsements and the general top academic Excellence awards since Year 9.  He also volunteers in the community, leads the Jazz band and is an athletics champion.  Nico will be studying Chemistry and Physics at Otago University next year.

Abby McRoberts, 17 – Commended in Education

Attends Aotea College and currently holds a 100% excellence rate for Level 3 NCEA. Abby is one of two academic prefects, and was awarded the Highest Female Maori Achiever in Academic Studies and Top Scholar in her year group in 2015 and 2016. Her immediate goal is to gain an understanding of human psychology, through either the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Health.

Tyla Ahern, 17 - Commended in Environment and Community

Attends Aotea College and on track to gaining a Merit Endorsement at NCEA Level 3. She put together the clubs first ever children’s team, raising funds so everything can be done at as low a cost as possible. Her future goals are to be the first in her family to attend university, and after gaining her degree, enter New Zealand’s film and marketing industry.

Kōtuku Ruki, 13 – Commended in Sport

Attends Te Kura Māori o Porirua. She has been selected to represent New Zealand at Oceania Roller Sports Championships this year in Brisbane.  Kōtuku’s goals are to continue to represent the nation and school community on regional, national and international levels.

Camden Feint, 15 – Commended in Sport

Attends Kāpiti College. Camden competed and placed in many tours regionally and nationally in cycling. Camden’s future goals are to finish top 5 in a national event and junior tour. As well as this, he hopes to eventually turn professional and make cycling his career.


Porirua Youth Awards - 2016

"Congratulations to the Porirua Youth Award winners - they are exceptionally talented, young people and I wish them every success in the future!" 
Hon Hekia Parata, Patron, Porirua Youth Awards 

Anh Thu Phan (18) - Excellence in Education

Noa Woolloff (18) - Excellence in Community

Daniel Hillier (18) - Excellence in Sport


Jayden Ford (12) - Commended in Sports

Cassidy Abbot (12) - Commended in Education, Arts & Culture

Gabrielle Embury (16) - Commended in Environment & Community 

Teresa Rayner (17) - Commended in Education & Leadership

Te Punawai Hotu (17) - Commended in Education & Leadership

Hannah Creary (18) - Commended in Education


Matisse Uluilelata (18) - Commended in Education & Leadership

Matt Oliver (18) - Commended in Music.

Talitupe Smith (18) - Commended in Education & Leadership

Daniel Wrench (17) - Commended in Education & Leadership

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