Alex teen honoured at recognition
An Alexandra teen is ‘‘honoured’’ to be acknowledged for her antibullying work, but says it’s not about accolades.
Nikki Wheeler, 19, was presented with a Giving Back Award as part of the New Zealand Youth Awards held at Parliament last week.
She was nominated for her work with anti-cyber bullying group Sticks n’ Stones, specifically her involvement in setting up the group’s primary schools’ ambassador programme.
Getting to talk to other awards recipients was really inspiring, she said.
Wheeler, studying to be a primary school teacher in Christchurch, hoped to continue her involvement in the group even though she’s no longer at high school.
‘‘It’s just kind of crazy to think that four years down the track it’s still going strong.
‘‘It’s a huge passion of mine. It’s something I really enjoy advocating for.’’
Wanaka 16-year-old Leo Munro-Heward also received an award for setting up a Queer Straight Alliance to raise awareness and support for young people.
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