Rangatahi celebrated at the Whau Youth Awards

Publish Date : 07 Dec 2022
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Members of the Whau Youth Board

Sixteen remarkable rangatahi from Whau were recognised for their uplifting mahi at the recent Whau Youth Awards.

The annual awards, funded by Whau Local Board, honour rangatahi who live, work, play, and study in the Whau – Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay, New Windsor, New Lynn, Avondale, and Kelston.

Their talents and positive community impact were recognised through categories from innovation to sports at the celebration held at Browne Street Café in Avondale.

“We support our rangatahi because we want to empower them to represent young people’s voices,” says local board Chairperson Kay Thomas.

The local board supports the Whau Youth Board.

“They are the future and listening to them is vital to building a city we can be proud of.”

Whau Local Board lChairperson Kay Thomas

Whau Local Board lChairperson Kay Thomas

The Whau Youth Board is a collective of young individuals who are passionate to see positive changes in the Whau, while simultaneously advocating for rangatahi voices.

“We run activities and events throughout the year which are for the youth, by the youth. Everyone on our Whau Youth Board comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, which allows us to come together and tailor our projects to ensure they will be enjoyed by everyone,” says Isha Takyar, Co-Chair of the Whau Youth Board.

Young people can volunteer to get involved the Whau Youth Board by emailing them at whauyouthboard@gmail.com

A list of winners in no particular order



Ngawari Te Arai Jacobus Tamanui-Fransen

Mana Tane Award

Evan Huang

Young Innovator Award

Uday Bhatia

Rangatahi Enterprise Award

Fatima Al-A-Raj

Community Empowerment Award

Patricia Reyes

Remarkable Rangatahi Award

Anicestus Fakasiieiki

Willing Heart Award

Aleena Habibah

Striving Sister Award

Alex Dunkley

Whau Sports Star Award

Emily Reddy

Heart of Gold Award

Saryu Mae

Heart of Service Award

Brodie Rawiri

Aspiring Young Leader Award

Precilla Asovale

Devotion to Helping Others Award

Viliamu Yandall

Pasifika Youth Leader Award

Nate Matthew

Team Lifter Award


Local Heroes  

Melissa Yalomatua

Local Hero Award

Ngatupuna Pilisi (Puna)

Local Hero Award

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