War­riors name sum­mit teens

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Four Far North stu­dents who have demon­strated ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship qual­i­ties in their com­mu­ni­ties have been selected by the Voda­fone War­riors to at­tend the 2019 NRL All-Stars Indige­nous Youth Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in Mel­bourne in Fe­bru­ary.

Mak­ing the trip will be Nia Kara, Reiata Phillips Heihei, Sean Kaka and Te Ao Ko­hatu Kaukau Troughton, all from Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ori o Kaikohe.

The sum­mit, at­tended by more than 60 indige­nous youth lead­ers from New Zealand and Aus­tralia, aims to­help at­ten­dees to fur­ther de­velop their lead­er­ship, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Each NRL club has the op­por­tu­nity to put for­ward four youth for the sum­mit.

Voda­fone War­riors com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Pe­trece Ke­sha, a for­mer Bay of Is­lands Col­lege stu­dent of Ngati Wha¯tua de­scent, said the four were cho­sen due to their ex­cel­lent cul­tural knowl­edge, lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion re­sults and their as­pi­ra­tions to be young lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“As a club the Voda­fone War­riors are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing youth across the coun­try through our var­i­ous com­mu­nity pro­grammes, and it’s awe­some to be able to give such an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to th­ese four Maori stu­dents from the Far North,” she said.

“They won’t just be rep­re­sent­ing the Voda­fone War­riors when they’re at the sum­mit in Aus­tralia next year, but Aotearoa as well. They are ex­cep­tional young peo­ple and I know they’ll do us proud.”

Ke­sha iden­ti­fied the suc­cess­ful youth along with Dei­dre Otene, CEO Te Ko­tahi­tanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, a trust pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ser­vices for youth in Kaikohe, and for­mer CEO of the Moko Foun­da­tion.

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