Youth lead­ers turn out for glam­our night

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

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.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Joint win­ners of the Lead­er­ship Award Tira Wahine Hawke and Alex Cal­low-Pow­ell.

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