Youth sum­mit in­spires

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Toko­roa’s Dane Whare­pouri Clark is a young leader on a mis­sion.

The Toko­roa High School stu­dent re­cently re­turned from the 2013 All Stars In­dige­nous Youth Sum­mit in Bris­bane af­ter be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent the New Zealand Warriors.

The Aus­tralian Rugby League Com­mis­sion (ARLC) or­gan­ised the event to recog­nise out­stand­ing achieve­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion to ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and the com­mu­nity by se­lect­ing 64 young Abo­rig­i­nal, Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ( In­dige­nous Aus­tralian) and New Zealand Maori stu­dents from all 16 NRL clubs.

The sum­mit was held in con­junc­tion with the an­nual All Stars match, which was won by the In­dige­nous team 32-6 at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

The sum­mit fea­tured eight fa­cil­i­ta­tors teach­ing the group a raft of life lessons.

‘‘ They taught us life skills, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­ter­view­ing skills that would help us on our ca­reers. We were also taught to be proud of our cul­tures.

‘‘We got to meet the play­ers, so I met Benji Mar­shall and we got to meet the In­dige­nous [team], so I got to met Greg Inglis, all the su­per­stars,’’ he said.

‘‘I have made heaps new friends too,’’ he added.

Dane was se­lected as a Voda­fone Warriors’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive, along with Matiu Love-Henry, Sa­van­nah Matua and Nikita McGruer.

The re­quire­ments for ap­ply­ing in­cluded be­ing of Maori de­scent, hold­ing a fine school at­ten­dance record and scholas­tic po­ten­tial as well as a pas­sion for rugby league.

NRL Com­mu­nity, Cul­ture and Di­ver­sity gen­eral man­ager Tr­ish Crews said this year’s group con­sisted of stu­dents from ‘‘ex­tremely di­verse walks of life’’. Over Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2012, there were three cases of in­fec­tious dis­eases in the South Waikato. Th­ese in­cluded one case of campy­lobac­te­rio­sis in a 31-year-old fe­male, and two cases of gi­a­r­dia­sis in two males aged 61 and 31 years old.

From De­cem­ber 5 to Jan­uary 30, 2013, 90 dogs were im­pounded, five of which were re-homed, 47 were claimed by own­ers and 30 put down. Over this pe­riod there were also six dog at­tacks and five cases of ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour. There were 12,706 vis­its to South Waikato District li­braries in Jan­uary, com­pared to 13,678 this time last year. Ac­cord­ing to South Waikato District Coun­cil 15,307 books were also is­sued last month, com­pared to 15,829 in Jan­uary last year.

WAR­RIOR ON AMIS­SION: Toko­roa High School stu­dent Dane Whare­pouri Clark was se­lected as a young leader at the 2013 All Stars In­dige­nous Youth Sum­mit in Bris­bane re­cently.

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