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Media Release - Future leaders honoured


15 September 2016
Future Leaders Honoured

Porirua’s young future leaders were honoured today for going the extra mile to serve their schools and the wider community.

The Rotary Clubs of Porirua, together with Porirua City Council, presented Primary School Leadership Awards to 54 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church.

Mayor Nick Leggett was proud to present each of the children with their certificate.

“These kids are fantastic role models for their peers. They show integrity, determination and drive and lead by example. But perhaps most importantly they show kindness, support and aroha to younger children, or those who need a hand,” Mayor Leggett said.

“With young people like these already showing such outstanding leadership qualities our city is clearly in very good hands.”

Porirua City Council has children and young people at the centre of city decisions as one of its strategic priorities.

At the ceremony today was Mana MP Kris Faafoi.

"Encouraging our children to be confident and to lead is one of the best legacies we can leave. The children being recognised are a great testament to hard work and commitment. We're really proud of them, we all should be," Mr Faafoi said.

Also on hand was Green Party MP Jan Logie.

“Society is relying on these young leaders, and we must do all we can to encourage and support their leadership. Porirua should be proud to have so many outstanding young leaders throughout the community who are stepping up and helping out,” she said.

The children were selected by principals from primary schools throughout Porirua. Two senior students from each school were chosen based on leadership, service above self, and being role models.

The students had been involved in a range of activities including student councils, organising fundraising or leading dance, sporting or cultural groups.

Media Contacts:
Mayor Nick Leggett 021 248 2175
Rotary - Wendy Betteridge, 233-0116, 021-417-576

Further information:

Details of these Awards can be found on the Plimmerton Rotary web site -

Award Recipients

Adventure School - Emily Singer and Connor Miller

Bishop Viard College - Laumau Tamala-Mani and Joziah Maukeni-Partsch

Brandon Intermediate - Sarah Habib and James Pese Akerise

Cannons Creek School - Rochelle Pese and Brooke Wakefield

Discovery School - Sarahn Windle and Tayne Loubser

Glenview School - Aaliyah Faletutulu and Henry Yates

Holy Family School - Anastasia Sheck and Vaolupe Leiataua-Finau

Maraeroa School – Otis Baker and Joseph Logologo

Natone Park School - Shaun Wilson and Eve Talilai

Ngati Toa School - Rakaipaaka Paea (known as Rakai) and Rangitiaria Eru (known as Tiaria)

Papakowhai School – Alex Crampton and Simon Avery

Paremata School - Felix McBride and Davey Lindsay-Connolly

Pauatahanui School - Wiremu Johnston and Amber Roberts

Plimmerton School – Hannah Mercer and Madison Henderson

Porirua School - Azaria Wilson and Anaru Iles-Treiblmayr

Postgate School - Tatiana Mareko and Sophie Taylor-Edwards

Rangikura School - Kevin Taliulu and Losania Wilson-To'omaga

Russell School - Alexia Rota-Kereti and Angel-Newyear Faivalu

St Pius X School - Jesse Elias and Otaki Mihaere

St Theresa’s School – Alysse Saipani and Zara Lynne

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Melissa Thomson and Charlotte Alston

Te Kura Maori o Porirua - Emery McGill and Hoani Akavi

Titahi Bay School - Tenga Pickering and Maggie Peterson

Titahi Bay Intermediate - James Dawson and Madelaine Vai-Little

Titahi Bay North School - Zenin Sutton-Mea and Isaiah Waiti

Wellington Seventh Day Adventist School - Pauline Pule and Angel Simanu

Windley School - Logan Louez and Rachael Davis

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