Awards that cel­e­brate suc­cess­ful youth

South Taranaki Star - - PROPERTY - JANE MATTHEWS

Yet an­other heart-warm­ing evening has taken place, this one ac­knowl­edg­ing some of the hard­work­ing youth of South Taranaki.

The fifth South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards took place last week, re­ward­ing and en­cour­ag­ing youth work­ing in the com­mu­nity.

The awards and their suc­cess are quite spe­cial to South Taranaki.

For­mer Youth to Work Awards judge and gen­eral man­ager of Taranaki Fu­tures in New Ply­mouth, War­wick Foy, ac­knowl­edged the fact that they were quite rare.

‘‘We don’t have any­thing like this up there [New Ply­mouth].’’

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dun­lop said a vis­i­tor had noted the size of the awards too.

‘‘We also have James Mather from Welling­ton who is the May­ors’ Task Force ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer,’’ Dun­lop said.

‘‘James has just been to a sim­i­lar func­tion in Auck­land and he said there was only around about half the size crowd, so good on South Taranaki, well done.’’

Over four awards, 12 youth were ac­knowl­edged, along­side two awards for an em­ployer and ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing or work ex­pe­ri­ence provider.

Mitchell Snow­don was awarded the in­au­gu­ral Learn­ing to Em­ploy­ment Award for not let­ting health is­sues hold him back.

Ella Bor­rows, the con­vener for the event, said this award was about ‘‘work­ing above and be­yond to get what they wanted to do.

‘‘Mitchell has health is­sues so he’d done re­ally well to do what he was do­ing.’’

Josh Devlin was awarded the Young Achiever Award for 16-24-year-olds for dis­play­ing at­ti­tudes be­yond his years.

The Young Achiever Award for 20-24-year-olds was given to Johnny-Lee Berry.

Bor­rows said Berry seemed to be a very pop­u­lar choice who had lots of en­cour­age­ment.

‘‘They’re all pop­u­lar, but she’s ob­vi­ously got a lot of sup­port from fam­ily and wha¯ nau.’’

The in­au­gu­ral Te Pae Tawhiti Award went to Amy Robin­son. The judge’s com­ments said Robin­son showed a will­ing­ness to go above and be­yond.

The Youth to Work Awards is an ini­tia­tive of the May­ors’ Task Force for Jobs.

The Em­ploy­ers Award went to Sil­ver Fern Farms, and the Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Provider Award went to Coastal Agri Ser­vices, O¯ pu¯ nake.

The win­ners and placeget­ters of the South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards.

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