May 24, 2016
Marae club in youth awards
A group of young men who built a youth centre for their marae are among the winners of this year’s Youth Awards.
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says the Tahuna Pa Boys overcame obstacles in their own lives to help others in their community.
Another Waiuku group to win an award is Te Ara Rangatahi o Ngati Te Ata, which runs numerous programmes for its including Computers in Homes, youth leadership, learner licence river training as well as teaching familieshow to catch whitebait.
Winners in the cultural change maker section include 16-year-old Te Ariki Te Puni of Palmerston North, who is committed to spreading the use of te reo Maori within his school, 14-year-old Khan Watkins of Huntly, Tyson Taikato of Taupo who at 24 is an integral part of the young Ratana movement Pou o te Haahi Ratana, and former Ruapehu College top Maori student Elija Pue, who is now a leader in the Ngai Tauira Maori Students Association.
Ms Kaye says about 160 people and organisations were nominated for the awards, which reflect the positive contribution so many young New Zealanders are making.
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