Young Achievers Awards


Nomination has now closed.


About the Awards

Our Young Achievers Awards is for young people aged 13 – 18 living in Upper Hutt who are nominated in recognition of the incredible mahi they are doing in our community.  The four categories for nomination are:

  • Environment Award: Outstanding contribution towards the protection or enhancement of the environment.

  • Community Service Award: Offering care and assistance to the community through invaluable voluntary contribution. 

  • Whirinaki Whare Taonga Arts & Culture Award: Outstanding achievement in the cultural field including any aspects of visual art, performing arts and/or cultural expression. 

  • Leadership Award: Outstanding leadership – this may include sports, academic, community, cultural, environmental and/or social enterprise.

The panel of judges (comprising of young people, award sponsors and staff) will carefully evaluate each application, and select the finalists. The nominator, nominees, their whānau and guests will be invited to attend our awards ceremony held in the Gillies Group Theatre at Whirinaki Whare Taonga, where the winners will be announced.


The Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony is a fun night of local entertainment,  kai, and of course the chance to highlight awesome local rangatahi.

Date:    Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Time:    4.45PM - 7.00PM  

Venue: Gillies Group Theatre | Whirinaki Whare Taonga

If you have any questions, please contact Whero West or Cat Hamlin at


2020 Young Achievers Award Winners and Runners-up 



Expressions Arts Award

Winner: Shanita Sungswan

Runner up: Te Ata Tu Patelesio


Sports Award

Winner: Chelsey Edwards

Runner up: Katie Hawley


Leadership Award

Winner: Emoni Falepapalangi

Runner up: Sasha McNeil


Resilience Award

Winner: Param Singh

Runner up: Jaimee Jefferies-Rua


Manaakitanga Award

Winner: Johnelle Harawira

Runner up: Kiedis Clark