Upper Hutt City Council to celebrate Youth Week with Young Achievers Youth Civic Awards

Amazing contributions and successes of young people will be recognised through the 2018 Upper Hutt City Young Achievers Awards.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 09 MAY 2018—As part of Upper Hutt City Council’s commitment to young people, it will host the Young Achievers Awards on Wednesday 6 June at Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre.

The awards run annually as part of Upper Hutt’s celebration of National Youth Week. Categories are diverse to allow inclusion for all and are available to young people aged 13 – 18, living in Upper Hutt.

“The levels and diversity of nominations have been outstanding! It makes me proud to live in a community where so many young people are achieving great things,” says Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy. “Whether it’s through the arts, leadership, sports or for being compassionate to others, our youth are hardworking and, most importantly, valuable contributors to our society.”

This year Council welcomes two new sponsors; Capital Training and Youthtown, as well as two new categories; The Kaitiaki Award and the Manaakitanga Award.

Awards being presented include:

  • Capital Training Resilience Award—Celebrating an inspiring person who has overcome personal challenges, kindly sponsored by Capital Training
  • Leadership Award—Celebrating a local leader who has made a significant contribution to the community
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts Award—Celebrating a person who demonstrates excellence and passion in the arts, kindly sponsored by Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre
  • Youthtown Manaakitanga Award—Celebrating a person who demonstrates kindness, caring and compassion towards others, kindly sponsored by Youthtown
  • Kaitiaki Award—Celebrating a local leader in environmental protection
  • Mayoral Award—Celebrating an outstanding person chosen by His Worship the Mayor

Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony where they will enjoy a supper provided by Heretaunga College Catering School and performances by local youth artists and musicians.

Council is also supporting Youth Week by partnering with the Te Awakairangi Youth Development Network (TAYDN) to host a youth voice event on 23 May. The event is open to members of the network and will support the 2018 Youth Week theme: Ahakoa te aha, kei a koe te tikanga: Be who you want to be. Among other items, the main focus of the event will be a panel discussion where local youth advocates will be asked by TAYDN members how they can best empower youth to be who they want to be. The panel discussion will also be supported by a short documentary showcasing snippets from interviews with local young people.

For more information about the Young Achiever Awards, visit https://upperhuttcity.com/community/awards/young-achiever-awards/