Kiwi Can lead­ers num­ber one again


Jayleb Dean and Maine Nooroa have each walked away with a Kiwi Can leader award be­fore, but this time they have done it as a team.

For the first time, Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment gave the award to three pairs at the an­nual ex­cel­lence awards.

Nooroa, 34, won it as an in­di­vid­ual in 2012 and Dean, 25, was the re­cip­i­ent of it last year.

The Toko­roa duo at­tended the cer­e­mony at the Gov­ern­ment House in Auck­land, where Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Sir Jerry Mateparae, pre­sented awards.

‘‘It’s a bit of an hon­our, we didn’t ex­pect to get it again. For us it shows we are do­ing some­thing good,’’ Dean said.

Nooroa started with Ki­wiCan four years ago, while Dean took up the chal­lenge one year later.

At that stage they were the only two lead­ers and were in­volved with two pri­mary schools.

Now it has ex­tended out to five schools and with two new lead­ers.

The pro­gramme con­sisted of class­room ses­sions about core val­ues.

‘‘It’s hands on ac­tiv­i­ties and we try to show them vis­ually what the val­ues are,’’ Dean said.

Nooroa said it was ‘‘the best job ever’’ and could not imag­ine her­self do­ing any­thing else.

‘‘I like the va­ri­ety of it, meet­ing the dif­fer­ent kids and learn­ing the dif­fer­ent cul­tures of the school.’’

She said a huge thanks goes to the com­mu­nity that con­stantly sup­ported them.

‘‘It’s a bit dif­fer­ent when you are ac­knowl­edged by your peers, when you’re a Ki­wiCan leader you’re al­ways a su­per­star,’’ she said.

Win­ning duo: Waikato Ki­wiCan lead­ers, Jayleb Dean, left, and, Maine Nooroa, got out­stand­ing leader awards for their work with the pro­gramme at the Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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