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Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018

It's hard to know what to say about this amazing group of young people who took part in the awards, without repeating wo...

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Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018

It’s hard to know what to say about this amazing group of young people who took part in the awards, without repeating words like “amazing” and “inspiring”. From the 60 individuals nominated we had four category winners and a supreme award winner.

The full list of award winners and runners-up are listed below, along with an excerpt from the nominations about each category winner.

Supreme Award Winner Jermaine Moke (centre) alongside Mayor Andy Watson (right) and Strategic Iwi Liaison Advisor Lequan Meihana.

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Mayor Andy Watson is impressed by youth honored at the 2018 Rangitikei Youth Awards

After reading through the nomination forms Mayor Watson was impressed at the variety and high standard of the youth put...

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Mayor Andy Watson is impressed by youth honored at the 2018 Rangitikei Youth Awards

After reading through the nomination forms Mayor Watson was impressed at the variety and high standard of the youth put forward for recognition.

He said reading their stories and discovering what our young leaders are achieving in our community has been both humbling and inspirational for him, and he looks forward to many more youth award nights.

Mayor Andy Watson interviews Supreme Category Winner Jermaine Moke about his win, and also being awarded the Leadership award. Mayor Watson asks Jermaine, who is in his first year of University in Auckland about his plans for the future.

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Supreme Winner and Leadership Award Winner Jermaine Moke

Jermaine was recognised for his outstanding contribution in academic achievement. Head Boy at Rangitikei College, Jermai...

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Supreme Winner and Leadership Award Winner Jermaine Moke

Jermaine was recognised for his outstanding contribution in academic achievement.

Head Boy at Rangitikei College, Jermaine sat NCEA Scholarship Physical Education towards the end of 2017. The top 3% nationally achieve Scholarship with a mark of 13/24. Jermaine far exceeded this, gaining an Outstanding grade, awarded to the top 1%. In 2017 this went to 19 students nationally, those earning over 19/24. Jermaine’s work was of such a high standard he was graded 23/24, putting him in the top handful of students nationally.

Jermaine’s thesis promoted understanding of tikanga and kawa around haka and the contribution of haka to sporting performance. His success on the national stage sends a powerful message to other male Maori.

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Mary Laki – Change Maker Award winner

Another of the wonderful role models celebrated at Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 last night - Mary Laki won the Change Ma...

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Mary Laki – Change Maker Award winner

Another of the wonderful role models celebrated at Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 last night – Mary Laki won the Change Maker award for the positive change she is helping bring about within the Pacifica community.

Head Girl for Rangitikei College 2018, Mary has been a driving force in the annual Rangitikei College Pacifica Festival, a celebration of Pacifica culture, food and dance. She worked tirelessly to organise the entertainment as well as to assign roles to the volunteers. Mary also helped to advertise the event and was on site to set up, run, and clear up at the end.

Mary is a student with a strong vision of bringing her culture to the forefront. She organised and lead a group of students to enter Pacifica Fusion, an event that celebrates culture in dance and other medians. Mary has been invaluable to her Pacifica peers, making sure all Pacifica students feel confident and comfortable participating in all aspects of life at Rangitikei College. Mary is often called upon by staff at the college to aid in communicating with ESOL students, which she does without hesitation.

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Olivia Brown winner of the Giving Back category

Olivia Brown won the Giving Back award at the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018. A fantastic example of a young person gettin...

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Olivia Brown winner of the Giving Back category

Olivia Brown won the Giving Back award at the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018. A fantastic example of a young person getting involved and helping other youth.

Olivia has learned from her whanau who have always shown her that giving back to the community you live in is just the way it is. She has taken part in Level Up, Annual Bulls Rose Show, the School for Skies Program at RNZAF Ohakea with 48 other young women from around New Zealand. In 2017 Olivia won the Textile Award at Feilding High School and is currently making costumes for NCEA for Manchester House in Feilding. The costumes will be sold to help continue the great work done by Manchester House Social Services.

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Brylee Coley winner of the Youth for Youth category

Another well-deserved award at the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 for Brylee Coley was presented with the Youth for Youth...

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Brylee Coley winner of the Youth for Youth category

Another well-deserved award at the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 for Brylee Coley was presented with the Youth for Youth award. Another outstanding role model for other young people to aspire to.

Brylee Coley has been a constant mentor within the Arts at Rangitikei College. Her consistent support and commitment to those students in the Arts has not only helped other students grow, it has also been immensely helpful to the teachers leading these activities. Without her consistent support and encouragement towards the students in Dance the outcomes would not have been as positive.

Brylee has organised many Dance competitions/ performances at Rangitikei College, including Stage Challenge and Dance NZ Made. During the learning phases of Stage Challenge and Dance NZ Made she taught and encouraged large groups of students throughout the process. Her commitment to these programs has built a strong Dance community in the school, and a safe place for all students to feel they can express themselves as individuals.

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Youth Group award joint winners

Judges couldn't decide between these two outstanding groups so the Youth Group Award award was jointly given to Kia tu n...

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Youth Group award joint winners

Judges couldn’t decide between these two outstanding groups so the Youth Group Award award was jointly given to Kia tu nga Rangatahi o Mokai Patea and Rangitikei College Pacifica Aiga at the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018.

Both groups displayed a high level of engagement with youth by celebrating their own culture and modeling leadership skills that young people could respect and relate to.

Kia tu nga Rangatahi o Mokai Patea – Youth Group (joint winner)
Rangatahi are interested in improving attendance; completion of assessments; and creating vocational pathways through learning.

The Kia Tu Nga Rangatahi o Mokai Patea group is changing the culture of learning by increasing student’s self-esteem though after school mentoring. Within the programme all participants show attributes like good leadership skills and problem solving.

Rangitikei College Pacifica Aiga – Youth Group (joint winner)

This group is self- formed, self motivated and very, very effective. Since forming just over a year and a half ago they have successfully run 2 community engagement days, with cultural food stalls, entertainment and Samoan cultural dance and dress. They have also participated in Pacifica Fusion in Palmerston North for the first time – rehearsing, choreographing and organising this performance by themselves. This is a massive achievement for a group that was once quite invisible in our school. They have made a place for themselves in their school and are now educating the rest of us about Samoan cultural and their heritage.

The contribution this group has made to our school culture is immense. From prize giving performances to talent shows to assembly performances, to advertising and getting our Pacifica parents into the school grounds (something we otherwise struggle to do) – these students are there for each other to make sure they all get the most out of school.

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Full list of winners and runners-ups

And we can't forget our amazing runners-up in the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 - here's a full list of Category winners...

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Full list of winners and runners-ups

And we can’t forget our amazing runners-up in the Rangitikei Youth Awards 2018 – here’s a full list of Category winners and the very deserving second place getters.


Leader ship Runner ups
Sophie Ward
Gillian Bolwer
Mary laki
Mackenzie Morgan
Leadership Winner – Jermain Moke


Change Maker runner ups
Jermaine Moke,
Brylee Coley
Change maker winner – Mary Laki


Giving Back Runner ups
Mary Laki
Sophie Ward
Mackenzie Morgan
Giving Back Winner – Olivia Brown


Youth for Youth runner ups
Mary Laki
Sophie Ward
Youth for Youth Winner – Brylee Coley


Youth Group runner up
Marton Venturer Unit
Youth Group equal winners – Kia tu nga Rangatahi o Mokai Patea and Rangitikei College Pacifica Aiga

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