National award a surprise
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.