Role model re­ceives recog­ni­tion

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South Waikato’s first Pos­i­tive Young Star re­cip­i­ent is de­scribed as ‘‘hum­ble, kind and hav­ing a great level of per­se­ver­ance.’’

Nakiaa Vano, 11, a stu­dent at Strath­more Col­lege, has been recog­nised by the Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment Waikato, ANZ Bank and South Waikato News as a pos­i­tive role model.

Con­stantly do­ing right by her­self and oth­ers, shar­ing her lunch with those who are hun­gry, help­ing younger students set­tle into school and in­clud­ing peo­ple who seem lonely or left out.

Strath­more Col­lege teacher Ngaire Taikato nom­i­nated Miss Vano, who she felt al­ways looked out for other peo­ple, while striv­ing to achieve to the best of her abil­i­ties.

‘‘Nakiaa is kind and car­ing to­wards other students and teach­ers. Key words to de­scribe her are per­se­ver­ance and hum­ble. She gives ev­ery­thing a go,’’ Miss Taikato said.

Nakiaa sees a role model as some­one who doesn’t fight, helps oth­ers, has fun, gives things a go and gives ev­ery­thing 100 per cent. She con­sid­ers her two older broth­ers and best friend and class­mate Reina Tread­away as her role mod­els.

‘‘Reina is my role model and best friend, she gives me good ad­vice, helps me with things and is a very kind per­son,’’ she said.

Nakiaa ’s ‘‘bestie’’ said her friend was al­ways seen smil­ing and help­ing oth­ers.

‘‘It’s good to set an ex­am­ple for the younger students so they can be a good role model too,’’ said Nakiaa.

As well as set­ting a good ex­am­ple Nakiaa en­joys writ­ing and singing with her friends, is in the school choir and as­pires to be a singer or teacher.

YOUNG STAR: Nakiaa Vano and her best friend and role model Reina Tread­away.

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