Hard work of young achiev­ers recog­nised

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata con­grat­u­lated 13 Porirua young peo­ple for their hard work and achieve­ments at an awards cer­e­mony at Pataka last Thurs­day.

Parata es­tab­lished the Porirua Youth Awards in 2010, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Part­ners Porirua and the Porirua Foun­da­tion.

Re­cip­i­ents, aged be­tween 12 and 19, can re­ceive up to $1500 to be put to­wards fur­ther study or other goals.

Young kids par­tic­i­pat­ing and lead­ing cul­ture, arts, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, com­mu­nity work and sport fields fea­ture in the awards each year.

‘‘Porirua is brim­ming with tal­ented, com­mit­ted and high­achiev­ing youth, so it was great to be able to recog­nise and cel­e­brate 13 of them,’’ she said.

This year’s win­ners were: Cas­sidy Ab­bot (arts/cul­ture), Gabrielle Em­bury (en­vi­ron­ment/com­mu­nity), Jay­den Ford (golf), Te Pu­nawai Hotu (arts/ cul­ture), Matt Oliver (arts/cul­ture), Thi Anh Thu Phan, Daniel Wrench, Hannah Creary, Tal­i­tupe Smith, Teresa Rayner, Matisse Uluile­lata (all ed­u­ca­tion), Noa Woolloff (en­v­i­ron- ment/com­mu­nity), and Daniel Hil­lier (sport).

Woolloff and Hil­lier re­ceived ex­cel­lence awards, while the oth­ers were com­mended.

‘‘The cal­i­bre of win­ners is higher than ever,’’ Parata said.

‘‘Daniel Hil­lier, one of our ex­cel­lence award win­ners, is a cham­pion am­a­teur golfer who be­came the youngest ever player to win the New Zealand Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship in its 122-year his­tory.

‘‘Each of this year’s win­ners is a great ex­am­ple of what young peo­ple can achieve with hard work.’’

Noa Woolloff, who won a Porirua Youth Award this week.

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