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Recognising our youth

Published: 13 June 2018
L-R: Auckland Council Community Empowerment advisor Melissa Lelo, Mirijo Jamie Siitia and Whau Youth Board member Dallas Tuaineiti.

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Recognising our youth in the Whau.

At the recent Whau Youth Awards, 18 young people aged 12 to 24 received awards for their mahi (work), leadership and talent.

Whau Local Board Chair Tracy Mulholland says, “These young people have all had such a positive impact on their communities, and some of them have overcome significant personal challenges just to be in a position to be able to give back.

“We’re proud to have worked alongside the Whau Youth Board and Whau Youth Provider’s Network to offer these awards, and look forward to seeing what these fantastic young people do next.”

Avondale local Mirijo Jamie Siitia received nine nominations.

“That goes to show how well-respected and loved she is in the community,” says chair Mulholland.

Jamie was nominated for the awards by the many people in her community she helps. She gives back by feeding the homeless and helping with town centre clean-ups. She’s also a member of the Whau Youth Board.