Youth leaders turn out for glamour night
The Youth Awards turned into a sophisticated and glamorous occasion as community leaders donned black ties and cocktail dresses to celebrate some outstanding young people at the Memorial Hall.
The Kaiko¯ura Youth Council and co-ordinator Taran Manuel were also in the spotlight for creating such a successful event.
Many of the town’s businesses and associations stepped up to sponsor the awards.
The judging panel was made up of John Tait, Sarah Beardmore and youth council members Olly Hughes, Petra Jellyman and Kaleb Ogden. Hughes and Madison King MC’d the evening.
Alex Callow-Powell and Tira Wahine Hawke, joint winners of the Leadership Award, were the first to accept their awards wearing beautifully woven korowai cloaks.
‘‘People from all walks of life are drawn to Alex with her ability to encourage harmony,’’ said Hughes.
‘‘Tira is an individual who speaks her own mind.’’
Kim Boyce-Campbell who presented the Wellbeing Award on behalf of Sports Tasman congratulated the Youth Council for ‘‘an amazing job’’.
‘‘I, and many who work with youth in Kaiko¯ura are proud to work with you,’’ she said.
‘‘When I think of you, and everything we have been through as a community in the last few months in that earthquake business and what we continue to go through I look at this current generation and have such hope for the future.
‘‘I really look forward to seeing what you do, what you accomplish and what you are in this world,’’ said Boyce-Campbell, handing over the Wellbeing Award to Haylee Te Huia-Claxton for the support and encouragement she gave ‘‘with a smile on her face and a fun, can-do attitude’’.
First place for the Environmental Award went to ‘‘avid environmentalist’’ Tanesha Simeon for her work volunteering with the Department of Conservation, and her work to reduce the use of plastic bags.
Fern Booker, a vocal and staunch supporter of equal pay and women’s rights won the Diversity Award for her commit- ment to everyone having equal rights regardless of gender, sexual preference and race.
Guitarist Marc Parkinson, and Kaiko¯ura High School band Kick the Dust entertained the crowd, and he followed this up by winning the Arts Award.
Hughes said Parkinson was actively involved in the music community and had a passion for music as well as playing and singing.
Marlene Ingram, Eva Seres, Shelley Fissenden and Megan Fissenden who were all nominated for the Adult who Supports Youth Award and were acknowledged equally for their efforts over and above their paid role making a real difference to youth.
The act of volunteering was recognised. The junior award, for ages 12 to 18, was won by Callum Lean, who volunteered at the Civil Defence headquarters the morning of the earthquake.
‘‘He went above and beyond for someone of his age,’’ King said.
‘‘Many people he dealt with were traumatised, worried and anxious yet Callum managed to keep smiling and a be a positive influence.’’
Indya Allen, the most nominated young person, took two awards, the Senior Volunteering Award for ages 18 to 24 and the Customer Services Award for her willingness and effort in volunteering and the effort and time she put into volunteering with emergency services, including the St John and Kaiko¯ura Volunteer Fire Brigade.
‘‘She is someone who displays enthusiasm and positivity, is respectful, motivated, hardworking, and made work or volunteering a fun environment,’’King said.
These attributes were recognised in Ripeka Manawatu who took out the Positivity Award.
Joint winners of the Leadership Award Tira Wahine Hawke and Alex Callow-Powell.