Young lead­ers awarded

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The lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of four Toko­roa youths have been recog­nised by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Bishop Ed­ward Gaines Catholic School’s Ieula Cow­ley, Cargill Open Plan School’s Tipene Molen, Am­is­field School’s Monique Per­rott, and Strath­more School’s Jon-haze Metu-tearoa have all re­ceived Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Awards which the trust runs in con­junc­tion with West­pac New Zealand.

West­pac Toko­roa bank­ing con­sul­tant Brenda Dahm, who pre­sented the stu­dents with the awards, said al­though the sail­ing le­gend was no longer alive he would have recog­nised the qual­i­ties the stu­dents have shown.

‘‘This award cel­e­brates young leader right across the whole coun­try,’’ she said.

Sir Peter Blake trust chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Shel­ley Camp­bell said the award aimed to nur­ture and cel­e­brate lead­er­ship in young peo­ple.

Year five to eight stu­dents from 460 schools through­out the coun­try were nom­i­nated.

Dahm listed the many qual­i­ties the Toko­roa stu­dents had shown which in­cluded the likes of Tipene dis­play­ing his school’s val­ues of cour­tesy, con­sid­er­a­tion and courage and Monique tak­ing on sev­eral lead­er­ship roles and push­ing her­self to un­der­stand and try new learn­ing.

‘‘These young peo­ple are our fu­ture and we're de­lighted to ac­knowl­edge their work and achieve­ments.’’ Brenda Dahm

Tipene Molen, Monique Per­rott, Ieula Cow­ley and Jon-haze Metu-tearoa have been recog­nised by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

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