Upper Hutt youth are #AWESOME!
Published on 21 June 2019
Upper Hutt City hosted another successful Young Achievers Awards to highlight the achievements of local youth. The young people of Upper Hutt were celebrated at the 13th Young Achievers Youth Civic Awards on Wednesday 5 June. The event, hosted at Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, was an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and successes of young people in Upper Hutt. This year 38 nominations were received.
Guests and finalists were entertained by local talented performers from Heretaunga College, Upper Hutt College, and Danzworx Upper Hutt.
Youth from the Heretaunga College catering unit supplied food and front-of-house service for the awards, and young people from the Upper Hutt Youthtown Squad volunteered as helpers and assistant stage management for the awards ceremony.
This year, there were seven awards: Expressions Whirinaki Arts Award, Kaitiaki Environmental Award, Leadership Award, Youthtown Manaakitanga Award, Capital Training Resilience Award, Sports Award, and the Mayoral Award.
Winners and runners-up for 2019
Expressions Whirinaki Arts Award
Winner: Otaileiuupuoleaiga Betham
Runner up: Gracie Hearfield
Kaitiaki Environmental Award
Winner: Lucas Dobbs
Runner up: Samuel Fleming
Winner: Dakota Scott
Runner up: Liam Edwards
Youthtown Manaakitanga Award
Winner: Charlotte Lawrence
Runner up: Jessie Goose
Capital Training Resilience Award
Winner: Joseph Penno
Runner up: Joshua Tia
Winner: Joshua Donohue
Runner up: Coby Crafar
Winners of the 2019 Young Achievers Awards will meet with Council’s Community Development team and receive grants aimed at supporting their future development, skills, and potential on their chosen field.
“It was great to celebrate our wonderful rangatahi at the 13th annual young achievers awards,” says Upper Hutt Mayor, Wayne Guppy. “What young people in our city are achieving is absolutely remarkable. From representing our country on an international platform, to overcoming personal challenges, and giving back to their community, Upper Hutt can be proud, and know our future is in good hands.”