Recipients Porirua Youth Awards



2017 Recipients

Austen Rangi, 17 - Excellence in Education

Head Boy at Tawa College. He achieved excellence endorsements at Levels 1 and 2,
initiated the college’s first underwater hockey team, and has competed at the
Barbershop Nationals for the past 4 years. Austen is a Warrant Officer of the Taupō
Sea Cadets. One of his biggest goals is to support and encourage Maori youth in
careers in science and technology. He wishes to attain a Masters of Engineering. 



Lyric Faleafaga, 17 - Excellence in Sport

Attends St Marys College. Lyric is a very successful multi-talented sports person.
Lyric is a member of the St Marys College Rugby First 15 and 7’s team – 2017 New
Zealand Secondary Schools Champions, winner of the Sanix World Tour in Japan
and the Gordon Tiejens Tournament. Lyric was selected for the Wellington Women’s
7s team and the New Zealand Rugby Black Ferns 7s squad. Lyric’s goal is to make
the New Zealand youth Olympic squad in 2018. Lyric intends to study in the field
of physiotherapy or sport, preferably at Otago University.



Ben Sawrey, 17 - Excellence in Art and Culture

Head Boy at Aotea College and on track towards excellence endorsed NCEA Level
3. He helped get a Kapa Haka group re-established at Aotea College, is a part of
the Barbershop Chorus and Quartet, a leader of the Aotea College Chamber Choir,
the Jazz Quartet and the Jazz Big Band. Ben has been selected for the New Zealand
Secondary Students Choir which will be travelling to Hong Kong In July 2018. In 2016,

Ben was the only delegate from Porirua to attend the Aotearoa United Nations Youth
Declaration, with focus on culture and heritage.


Katie Daly, 17 - Excellence in Education & Community

Head Girl at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. She is the founder of Hygiene for
Homeless, a registered St Johns volunteer, and the administrative director of
Increase Clothing New Zealand. Katie has been selected for the 2018 United
Nations Global Development Tour Delegation, travelling to America and Europe.
Next year, she plans to study a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts, majoring
in International Relations and Political Science at Victoria University as well as
continue her community work. Katie wants to pursue a career in politics, law, or
diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Abby McRoberts, 17 – Commended in Education

Attends Aotea College and currently holds a 100% excellence rate for Level 3 NCEA.
Abby is one of two academic prefects, and was awarded the highest female Maori
achiever in Academic Studies and Top Scholar in her year group in 2015 and 2016.
Her immediate goal is to gain an understanding of human psychology, through either
the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Health.

Camden Feint, 15 - Commended in Sport

Attends Kāpiti College. Camden has been placed in many cycling events regionally
and nationally and has been selected for the Cycling NZ U17 Development camps.
Camden’s goals are to finish top 5 in a national event and junior tour. As well as this,
he hopes to eventually turn professional and make cycling his career.

Kōtuku Ruki, 13 – Commended in Sport

Attends Te Kura Māori o Porirua. She has been selected to represent New Zealand at Oceania Roller Sports Championships in 2016 and again this year in Brisbane.
Kōtuku’s goals are to continue to represent the nation and school community on
regional, national and international levels.

Nico Hackner, 17 – Commended in Education

Deputy Head Boy at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, he has achieved excellence
endorsements and the general top academic excellence awards since Year 9. He also
volunteers in the community, leads the Jazz band and is an athletics champion. Nico
will be studying Chemistry and Physics at Otago University next year.

Tyla Ahern, 17 – Commended in Environment and Community

Attends Aotea College. Tyla is a registered coach for Porirua AFC and has put together
the clubs first ever children’s football team, raising funds so everything can be done at
as low a cost as possible. Her future goals are to be the first in her family to attend
university, to gain a Bachelor of Creative Media Production and to enter New Zealand’s film and marketing industry.


2016 Recipients

Anh Thu Phan - Excellence in Education
Deputy Head Girl at Mana College, Anh receiving an Excellence Award for her achievements in education. Anh plans to use this award towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Her dream is to make New Zealand the world’s first 100% sustainable nation through the use of Biodiesel.

Noa Woolloff – Excellence in Community
Noa is Head Boy at Aotea College, and received an Excellence Award for his contribution to the community. As an aspiring entrepreneur, Noa started ‘Increase’, his social enterprise which produces clothing promoting NZ artists, giving 100% of profit towards creating leadership and adventure experiences for teen parents. Noa plans to use this award to help fund ‘Increase’ to better the opportunities available for teen parents in NZ.
Daniel Hillier – Excellence in Sports
Hillier, a year 13 student at Aotea College, received an Excellence Award for his golf achievements. Daniel plans to use this award to fund his golfing development programme.
Jayden Ford – Commended in Sport
Year 8 at Rangikura School, Jayden received a sporting award for his achievements in golf. Jayden is a 2016 recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Award for outstanding Leadership. Jayden is planning to use the award to help fund his golf coaching and golf equipment.
Cassidy Abbot – Commended in Education, Arts & Culture
Cassidy is a year 8 student at Discovery School and commended for his contribution to education, arts and culture. Cassidy has written and published a children’s book titled ‘The Wicked Plum Tree’. He plans to use this award to publish a second book to increase his knowledge and experience in writing.
Gabrielle Embury – Commended in Environment & Community
Year 12 student at Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Gabrielle is commended for her contribution to the environment and community. Gabrielle plans to use this award toward her fees at Victoria University where she will be studying Environmental Studies to become a resource manager or conservation researcher.  One of her dreams is to set up an urban farming scheme right here in the Porirua – Wellington region.
Teresa Rayner – Commended in Education & Leadership
Teresa, a Year 13 at Bishop Viard College, commended for her strong academic and leadership achievements. Teresa plans to use this award towards her Bachelor of Radiation Therapy at Otago University.
Daniel Wrench – Commended in Education & Leadership
Head Boy at Tawa College, Daniel is commended for his strong academic achievements and leadership roles. Daniel plans to use this award towards his Tertiary fees where he plans to gain a Bachelor of Science.
Te Punawai Hotu – Commended in Education & Leadership
Te Punawai is a year 13 student at Te Kura Maori o Porirua and is commended for her strong involvement with arts and culture. Te Punawai aims to use this award towards her course related costs for studies in Health Sciences majoring in Physiotherapy at Otago University.
Talitupe Smith – Commended in Education & Leadership
Head Girl at Porirua College, she is commended for her strong academic achievements and leadership roles. Tupe plans to use this award towards her BA in Social Work at Massey University. Her goal is to use this qualification to help the people in need within her community, across New Zealand and someday worldwide.
Kōtuku Ruki – Commended in Sport
Year 13 at Queen Margarets College, Matisse is commended for her educational achievements and leadership roles. Matisse plans to use this award toward gaining an Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury. 
Hannah Creary – Commended in Education
Hannah is year 13 at Aotea College, commended for her academic achievements. Hannah plans to use this award to begin her honours degree in microbiology or biomedical science.
Matt Oliver – Commended in Music
Year 13 student at Tawa College and is commended for his achievements in Music. Matt’s education goals are to graduate in Classical Performance at the New Zealand School of Music.