Recipients Porirua Youth Awards



2019 Recipients

 Hadi Daoud, 17, Year 12 – Excellence, Education

Attends Aotea College. As well as performing with Excellence in all his studies, Hadi established and heads the Aotea College BYOD support group and has presented at several conferences related to blockchain and cryptocurrency. Hadi's goal is to become a hedge fund manager and manage his own fund.                



Jess Reiher, 17, Year 13 – Excellence, Environment and Community

Attends St mary's College. Jess belongs to various community groups including the Porirua District Fund Committee, Young Vinnies, Young Enterprise and Zone Dance Academy. She has been selected to participate in various business events in New Zealand and Singapore. Her goal is to set up as the New Zealand distributor for Aardvark Straws.



Tayne McMahon, 17, Year 13 - Commended, Education

Head boy at Tawa College. Doing exceedingly well in his academic subjects, Tayne is also an active member of the Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, both as an athlete and community volunteer. With talent in his music, he has committed to school choirs and barbershop choruses. His goal is to study a Bachelor of Law and Political Studies with a minor in Te Reo Māori at the University of Wellington. 


 Tiresa Fomai, 17, Year 13 - Commended, Art and Culture

Head girl at Porirua College. An extremely talented and successful singer, Tiresa is a member of the singing group, Le Art. They have recently performed at Auckland’s Christmas in the Park, the welcoming ceremony for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and on national TV show, What Now. Her goal is to make music that will inspire people.



Nopera Kopa, 18, Year 13 – Commended, Art and Culture

Attends Te Kura Māori o Porirua. Nopera is on track to complete NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance while also working on a Mātauranga Māori Degree at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and a Level 3 carving course. He is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and the male leader for the Kapa Haka group. Next year, Nopera plans to study at Te Puia carving school in Rotorua. 



 Isabel Ayora, 17, Year 13 – Commended, Education

Deputy Head Girl at Aotea College. As well as an exceptional academic record, Isabel is heavily involved in the life of the school. She has participated in various academic events locally and internationally. She plans to move on to tertiary study to further her understanding of the world and develop greater capabilities to enable people and communities to thrive.



Blake Paynter, 16, Year 12 – Commended, Sport

Attends Aotea College. Blake is an active member of several community and sports groups including the Porirua Rowing Club, Porirua Pest Free, Sea Shepherd and Ryu-Kyu Kempo Karate. An exceptional sportsman, he has competed in many national rowing competitions and his goal is to gain a university scholarship in the USA.



Julia Koumphonphakdy, 18, Year 13 – Commended, Environment and Community

Head Girl at Aotea College. As well as doing exceedingly well in her academic subjects, Julia is a member of several community groups including the Porirua Multicultural Council, Learn Laos Dancing and Bigair Gym. With strong leadership skills, she is currently developing her own conference that will empower young people. Julia’s goal is to study Health Science and Psychology at University.

  Emelita Fa’asalele, 15, Year 11 – Commended, Sport

Attends Bishop Viard College. Emelita is a member of Capital Wolves Volleyball Club, Wellington Representative Team for Volleyball and was selected for the NZ Youth Women’s team this year, winning a Gold medal at the under 17 National Volleyball tournament. Her goal is to continue representing Wellington and New Zealand at the highest level, and one day for the Volleyfern.



Alex Crampton, 15, Year 11 – Commended, Education

Attends St Mary’s College. Alex was elected to the student council for the past two years, is a school librarian and runs school assemblies for her year level. She has received the ‘top of the class’ award at junior prize giving and is in the top senior debating team. Her goal is to develop her leadership skills and help people.  


  Mika Thomas, 13, Year 9 – Commended, Art and Culture

Attends Kāpiti College. In addition to ballet, Mika is a passionate Hip Hop dancer and Kapa Haka performer. Showing commitment and dedication to Te Ao Maori, her goal is to become fluent in Te Reo Māori and to help her group qualify for the national Kapa Haka competition in 2021.


  Will Anthony, 15, Year 11 – Commended, Sport

Attends Scots College. With national achievements in athletics, Will is a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country team. His goal is to compete in Cross Country on a world stage and gain a scholarship to study in the United States of America.