Na­tional award a sur­prise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRITTANY MANN

Eve Sia­nia had no idea she had been nom­i­nated for a na­tional award un­til she re­ceived a call say­ing she had been short­listed.

The 15-year-old Aotea Col­lege stu­dent was awarded a Youth Week award by Min­is­ter of Youth Af­fairs Nikki Kaye at an event at Par­lia­ment last Tues­day.

Eve was recog­nised for her lead­er­ship of the Bak­ers Club, an ini­tia­tive of Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion.

She teaches ba­sic cook­ing skills and kitchen hy­giene to a group of about 10 stu­dents aged 12 to 15 from schools around the Porirua area.

The group makes fam­i­lyfriendly food such as burg­ers, piz­zas and le­mon­ade scones at the Wai­tan­girua Youth and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Tues­days from 3.30pm.

At the end of the term-long pro­gramme, stu­dents are chal­lenged to buy in­gre­di­ents and make meals for at least four people for less than $10. They are en­cour­aged to ask other shop­pers for sug­ges­tions.

Eve has been leading the Bak­ers Club since 2011 and said it had made her com­fort­able with talk­ing to new people.

Through it, she has formed re­la­tion­ships with young people from all walks of life.

‘‘I didn’t need to be recog­nised be­cause it was just nice help­ing other kids in the com­mu­nity,’’ she said. ‘‘Win­ning was a big hon­our – I didn’t know it was a na­tional award – it made my fam­ily very proud.’’

Eve was one of 24 young people from around the coun­try to re­ceive a Youth Week award this year.

There were more than 100 nom­i­na­tions.

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