Pair find the key to new op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Dominion Post - - Capital Day - ELEANOR WENMAN

A new sax­o­phone and a foray into the world of theatre light­ing may be on the cards for two young award win­ners.

Blaise Hub­bard, 18, and Thayne de Barr, 17, were two of 20 young peo­ple in care un­der the Min­istry for Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren Oranga Ta­mariki who re­ceived a Wil­liam Wal­lace Award.

Each of them was awarded $3000 at a cer­e­mony at Te Papa on Wed­nes­day.

Thayne said the schol­ar­ship was a ‘‘key’’.

‘‘There are all these gates to all these dif­fer­ent cour­ses and the schol­ar­ship opens those gates.’’

Thayne, who will at­tend Welling­ton High School as a year 13 stu­dent next year, has tried his hand at con­struc­tion with a build­ing course through the Welling­ton In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

With his award money, he planned to try out some cour­ses through Zeal, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing cre­ative pro­grammes. Thayne wanted to ex­plore pro­duc­tion light­ing or au­dio en­gi­neer­ing.

As­pir­ing mu­si­cian Blaise has fin­ished her last year of school at Gis­borne Girls’ High and has au­di­tioned for the New Zealand School of Mu­sic.

‘‘I play a lot of in­stru­ments, but the alto sax­o­phone is my main one,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m hop­ing to use my schol­ar­ship ei­ther to go to­wards help­ing pay for my first year of uni or else I’ll sell the sax­o­phone I’ve got, add all my money to­gether and try find a pro­fes­sional sax­o­phone. It’s some­thing I would like to save up for.’’

A sec­ond­hand sax­o­phone of the qual­ity she wanted sells for be­tween $5000 and $7000.

Blaise came into the care of Oranga Ta­mariki when she was 8 years old. In 2008, she was placed with care­givers Roy and Lynn and has stayed with them since.

Both Blaise and Thayne had the same mes­sage to oth­ers in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘Go for it,’’ Blaise said. ‘‘There’s no harm in try­ing,’’ Thayne said.

The Wil­liam Wal­lace Awards have been run­ning for 11 years. Young peo­ple in care or who have just come out of care can be nom­i­nated for an award by any­one in their lives.

In the past, re­cip­i­ents have used the money they re­ceived to go to uni­ver­sity or learn­ing a trade, com­plete an Out­ward Bound course or buy equip­ment to help pur­sue their pas­sions.

Blaise re­ceived the Sys­doc Award and Thayne re­ceived the Fos­ter­ing NZ Kids Award.

The $3000 schol­ar­ships would open doors for 17-year-old Thayne de Barr, left, and Blaise Hub­bard, 18.

The teens re­ceived their awards at Te Papa on Wed­nes­day.

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