Alex teen hon­oured at recog­ni­tion

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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.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Glen Chris­tiansen has left The Gate after 12 years as gen­eral man­ager.

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