Youth awards now open

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National List MP Hekia Parata says she is de­lighted ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the 2013 Porirua Youth Awards.

‘‘ We are very for­tu­nate to have such a va­ri­ety of tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als among Porirua’s young peo­ple. The Porirua Youth Awards is a great fo­rum to cel­e­brate and con­trib­ute to their gifts.’’

Ms Parata founded the awards in 2010 with the aim of ac­knowl­edg­ing tal­ented young peo­ple, aged be­tween 12 and 19, who were ex­celling in ed­u­ca­tion, art and cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, com­mu­nity and sport, and to give them an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their po­ten­tial.

‘‘I would re­ally like to en­cour­age our young peo­ple, their fam­i­lies and schools to think se­ri­ously about en­ter­ing,’’ Ms Parata said.

Last year 11 young peo­ple were recog­nised for their achieve­ments. Each re­ceived $1000 to go to­wards de­vel­op­ment in their cho­sen dis­ci­pline.

‘‘We need to en­cour­age and ac­knowl­edge ex­cel­lence in our youth. Cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of ‘ can-do’ at­ti­tudes is im­por­tant,’’ she said.

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