Hard work of young achievers recognised
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.