Congratulations to our 2015 Shout Out Award winners!
The awards pay tribute to a number of young people in Kāpiti who have made a real difference in their own lives, their schools, workplaces and in the wider community.
The talent, committment and generosity these young leaders, organisers, mentors and role models have demonstrated is truly inspirational!
The 2015 award winners (pictured above) are:
More information about the award winners:
Expression Award winner Jamie Lewis:
Jamie was selected to exhibit his work in the Mahara Arts Review, at Waikanae’s Mahara Gallery, for the third time this year. His oil, water colour and mixed media paintings have also been displayed in the Wellington Fine Arts Gallery and the Artspace at Waikanae Library - great achievements for a 13-year old.
Jamieajh Jamie’s work has been selected by his fellow students to feature on this year’s outdoor panel at Kapanui School. These panels adorn the school boundary and will remain in place for many years.
Kaitaiki Award winner Jackson Thompson:
Jackson has shown fantastic leadership skills to win this award. With his passion and skills, he has formed a group called SEAR – Societal, Environmental and Animal Rights - at Paraparaumu College. The group gives students a chance to make changes for the better. Its main project this year was bringing recycling to the college! Jackson has also been on the Sir Peter Blake Trust environmental camp for young leaders. He continues to inspire his young peers to care more about the environment in their daily lives.
Innovate Award winner Te Pūawaitanga o nga Kākano:
This group initiated and implemented a range of very successful events in our community, including Waitangi Day commemorations at Queen Elizabeth Park, YouthFest, street art workshops and the celebrations for Matariki. These young people have shown real dedication and commitment, along with amazing organisational skills and leadership. Their events have helped build cultural awareness, community spirit and connectedness among our youth and their whānau.
Connected Award winner Reuben Harcourt:
Reuben was volunteering in an orphanage in Badikhel, rural Nepal when a devastating earthquake hit the village. He didn’t think twice about staying to help. Raising thousands of dollars, Reuben then delivered food, medicines and temporary shelter to the villagers with the help of a small team of local people. In the first three weeks he responded, the village had no Government help. Reuben’s work directly benefitted 6,000 Nepalese people. He also created awareness of the disaster by documenting his actions on Facebook every day. This inspiring young man is now back home and volunteering with ‘1% Collective’, which raises funding for causes such as the ‘Food to Table’ movement.
Professional Award winner Daniel Panter:
A budding entrepreneur, Daniel has established two successful local businesses – ‘Kāpiti Castles’, a bouncy castle hire company and ‘Picture This’, a photography business. A talented photographer himself, Daniel also organises exhibitions where he invites other photographers to display their work. Additionally he has completed a placement in the community-based mental health service, Te Ara Korowai, where he is part of an initiative offering opportunities to local youth with mental health challenges to develop their creativity and well-being.
Inspire Award winner Johannah Katene-Burge:
Hana was a member of the barbershop quartet which came 1st in the Wellington Regional Competition this year and 4th in the nationals. She has also been appointed as Arts Captain at Kapiti College next year when she will be a year 12 student – this demonstrates Hana’s talent and leadership qualities, as the position is usually given to year 13 students. In addition to these achievements, Hana was part of the organising committee for the Matariki Festival in Ōtaki which attracted 4,000 people and is a member of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre strategy and planning committee. She is committed to making a change for Māori youth by involving herself with the Nga Kakano Māori and Kāpiti Coast youth councils, and Zeal – the new youth space being developed in Paraparaumu.
Star Award winner Jordan Richardson:
Jordan has proved himself as an exemplary employee at Watsons Garden in Otaki since 2009. He always goes the extra mile – whether this is covering shifts for other staff members, planting trees for people when he delivers them and volunteering to do overtime during the busy season. This young man has really developed his skills over the last six years to the point he can now run the seedling nursery and has taken on the general servicing of vehicles and machinery. Jordan is also keen to try out new ideas he has for the business. He is extremely hard-working, trustworthy and, according to customers and colleagues, has a very big heart.
Strive Award winner Sean Prendeville:
Sean is a brave young man who has faced seemingly insurmountable challenges with positivity, determination and resilience. Diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 10, followed by the discovery he had a rare blood disorder, Sean has spent a third of his life in hospitals and has undergone many complex operations. At the same time, he has had to endure the loss of his father and his much-loved family home. Throughout his ordeal, Sean has remained positive, uncomplaining and ever optimistic – an outlook which helped him defy the odds, regain his strength, learn to eat again and re-learn to walk twice. He has also overcome a fear of public speaking to give talks at charity fundraisers for the Cancer Society and Child Cancer Foundation. In addition, Sean has acted as a mentor for two other children who have undergone the same rare rotation-plasty procedure as he did.
Special Award winner Finnian Galbraith:
Finnian’s passion for respecting Te Reo led him to write a recent speech called ‘The importance of correctly pronouncing Māori words’. This speech went viral on YouTube with more than 350,000 views. Following this, Finnian has given more than 20 interviews to national and international media, including the BBC, national TV, radio stations and newspapers. He has also given talks at a range of events to get his message out to the world as much as possible. Added to this, Finnian has inspired others to speak out and stand up for what they believe in. He is an extremely capable and dedicated young man with a bright future.