Ro­torua hon­ours young achiev­ers

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

The fu­ture of Ro­torua is in good hands, if last night’s Ro­torua Young Achiev­ers cer­e­mony is any­thing to go by.

The awards are in their 28th year and this year more than 2100 stu­dents were nom­i­nated by their schools for their con­tri­bu­tion to their school and com­mu­nity, aca­demic, cul­tural, sports and lead­er­ship skills.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­tos, taken by Ro­torua pho­tog­ra­pher An­drew Warner, will be on dis­play at Pak’nsave from Oc­to­ber 23 to Novem­ber 9 and at the Ro­torua Li­brary from Novem­ber 12 un­til De­cem­ber 7.

Since the awards­be­gan, more than 1250 stu­dents have been nom­i­nated and pho­tographed.

This year the stu­dents took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the awards, with some stu­dents tak­ing over MC du­ties and some per­form­ing.

Ro­torua mayor Steve Chad­wick says there was a range of com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“It was a night show­cas­ing our youth tal­ents in so many ways.

“It be­gan with a po¯ whiri by Ro­torua Lakes High and moved at a sharp pace.

“We were col­lec­tively

proud of what our schools and par­ents en­able in their chil­dren’s learn­ing path­ways. What we saw bodes well for our school com­mu­nity. “Young Achiev­ers ran the pro­gramme their way. It was crisp and pro­fes­sional.

“The pho­tos and video that An­drew Warner pro­duced were pic­tures that told 46 sto­ries. We look

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