Coun­cil cel­e­brates youth achieve­ment

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The Kaiko¯ura Youth Coun­cil is pleased with the nom­i­na­tions put for­ward by the com­mu­nity for the in­au­gu­ral youth awards at the end of the month.

The coun­cil is run­ning the awards to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the dis­trict’s out­stand­ing youth and young lead­ers, aged be­tween 12 and 24-years-old.

Youth co-or­di­na­tor Taran Manuel said they were pleased with the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘It’s great the com­mu­nity got be­hind it,’’ she said.

‘‘The youth coun­cil wanted to do some­thing pos­i­tive and cel­e­brate the youth of our com­mu­nity.’’

Af­ter some of the youth coun­cil­lors at­tended the in­au­gu­ral Can­ter­bury Youth Awards in June last year, com­ing away with four awards, they were mo­ti­vated to do more to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion young peo­ple made to the Kaiko¯ura com­mu­nity, she said.

In Christchurch, Olly Hughes won the Supreme Youth Award, for mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to young peo­ple in the dis­trict, ad­dress­ing cur­rent youth needs in the com­mu­nity and giv­ing young peo­ple a voice.

Sarah Beard­more, who was the youth coun­cil’s co-or­di­na­tor, and is now the co­or­di­na­tor of Te Ha¯ o Ma¯tau­ranga - Learn­ing in Kaiko¯ura, was awarded for go­ing

‘‘The youth coun­cil wanted to do some­thing pos­i­tive and cel­e­brate the youth of our com­mu­nity.’’

over and above her job re­quire­ments and con­sis­tently help­ing youth how­ever she could.

Pe­tra Jel­ly­man, 13, was named run­ner-up for the Com­mit­ment to Well­be­ing Award for her work with the youth coun­cil. The Kaiko¯ura Youth Coun­cil was run­ner-up for the group award, Te Tohu Tokom­aha.

‘‘Af­ter the earthquake they were even more in­spired,’’ Manuel said.

‘‘They wanted to get some­thing sub­stan­tial off the ground, and they thought the awards were a good way of do­ing it.’’

The awards were youth-led as young peo­ple wanted to be heard, seen, and taken se­ri­ously be­cause they were the next gen­er­a­tion, Manuel said.

The coun­cil was sup­ported by the team at Te Ha¯ o Ma¯tau­ranga - Learn­ing in Kaiko¯ura.

Sarah Beard­more said the youth coun­cil found it in­spir­ing be­ing ac­knowl­edged for the work they had done and it pushed them on to reach fur­ther heights.

‘‘They were re­ally mo­ti­vated to give back to the com­mu­nity af­ter that, and they want to do the same for our youth.

‘‘Youth do a mas­sive amount of work be­hind the scenes.

‘‘It’s of­ten not ac­knowl­edged in the com­mu­nity how much work they do - there’s a lot of time and en­ergy put in,’’ Beard­more said.

A pri­vate func­tion will be held at the Me­mo­rial Hall on Septem­ber 30. Alex Cal­low-Pow­ell, Tira Hawke, and Matt Getz

Claudia Og­den, Billy Bartrum, Tane­sha Simeon Dil­shan Muthu­naide­lage, Fern Booker, Madi Bur­nett Jade Hole, Ge­or­gia Cot­ter and Marc Parkin­son Jack Cot­ter, James Bur­nett and Haylee Te Huia Clax­ton

Eva Seres, Mar­lene In­gram, Megan Fis­senden

and Shelley Fis­senden

Vol­un­teer­ing - ju­nior: Cus­tomer Ser­vices Award: Pos­i­tiv­ity Award:

Cal­lum Lean, Holly Hors­fall and Fern Booker

Jack Cot­ter, Stacy Guthrie and Indya Allen Paucha Mor­gan, Mac Ea­gle and Ripeka Manawatu

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Youth Coun­cil mem­bers, from left, Chole Fitz­patrick, 14, Pe­tra Jel­ly­man, 14, Madi­son King, 15, and Emily Thomas, 15, are get­ting be­hind the Youth Awards.

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