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Inspiring young leaders of Porirua celebrated

leadership awards singing

The 5 Blessings from Porirua College entertained the crowd with beautiful waiata.

A group of inspiring young Porirua students were honoured today for their leadership, and service to their schools and the community.

The Rotary Clubs of Porirua, Plimmerton and Tawa, together with Porirua City Council presented Primary School Leadership Awards to 64 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church.

Rotary District Governor Marilyn Stevens and Porirua Mayor Anita Baker presented the awards and gave each student a Rotary International theme pin for 2022-2023.

Kay Phillips, 2021-2022 President of the Rotary Club of Plimmerton said the Primary School Leadership Awards were one of the club’s major annual projects.

“The honouring of students from all local schools for their leadership skills gives schools, families and, of course, all the students, something to cherish as a forever memory."

Gillian Jones, Past District Governor Rotary said it was a privilege to attend the awards.

“I was particularly struck by the obvious pride demonstrated by the students, their whānau and their school staff".

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 sports, kapa haka, dance, community work, academic pursuits, environmental efforts and supporting and caring for others.

At the ceremony, guests were entertained by beautiful songs performed by Porirua College singing group, The 5 Blessings, and Mannfred Sofara, a senior student from Bishop Viard College shared his inspiring leadership journey.

A list of recipients is attached.

For a testimonial on each student, or other queries, please contact Wendy Betteridge at Rotary on 021 417576 or [email protected]

2022 Award Recipients:

Adventure School

Elliot Cox

Tomiteau Finau

Bishop Viard College

Jairus Afamasaga

Koreti Poai Glendining

Brandon Intermediate

Queen'Luse Simotu Williams-Logovae

Tyler James Abbot

Cannons Creek School

Jean-Rima Leofo

Alyanna Daley-So'oialo

Corinna School

Lijacana Peniata

Seiola Patelesio

Discovery School

Gabriel Anthony

Jennika Barber

Glenview School

Zhanae Love

Gabriel Kisona

Holy Family School

Yimison Prado Villaizac

Meto Vaevalu

Linden School

Ritwick Ponnapalli

Hukarere Sidney

Maraeroa School

Yazmhyne Putaura-Rawiri

Kopa Gaualofa

Natone Park School

Pounamu Clark

Denar Cardona Correa

Ngati Toa School

Pene Wi-Neera

Ryan Vekula

Papakowhai School

Sienna Wilson

Joshua Scott

Paremata School

Isabella Ringrose

Fynn Livingston

Pauatahanui School

Sophia Abery

Reuben Fraser

Plimmerton School

Daniel Lash

Molly Sherriff

Porirua East School

Koreana Seumanutafa

Mason Williams

Porirua School

Melanie Sevealii

Gia Bishop

Postgate School

Ezekiel Misky

Joshua Ulugia Ah-Sini

Pukerua Bay School

Ellie Beaumont

Gabriel Hay

Rangikura School

Rebekah Otukolo

Zaleia Lotoaso

Russell School

Ianna Gaualofa

Fetalaiga Lokeni

St Pius X School

Mareko Pesefea

Kyani Russell-Lia

St Theresa’s School

Isabella Beach

Willow Dunne

Tawa School

Vaughn Pepping

Lily Beauchamp

Te Kura Maori o Porirua

Pakanui Kupenga

Jayden Gough

Titahi Bay Intermediate

Zac Hanrahan

Jessica Kay

Titahi Bay North School

Georgia Haerewa

Aaliah Gray

Titahi Bay School

Braedyn McLeod

Ruby Liddle

Wellington Seventh Day Adventist School

Tadiwa Angel Tsvanhu

Aniska Visser

Whitby Collegiate School

Adelle Tipper

Ella Reuelu

Windley School

Seraia-Lee Ikenasio

Mataio Sopoaga

8 Aug 2022