A group of 18 remarkable young Kiwis, mentors, and volunteers are set to be celebrated for their resilience, self-belief and contribution to society at the annual Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato’s Excellence Awards, being held at Waikato University Tuesday, September 17.

The foundation’s annual awards evening is an opportunity to celebrate more than 3,000 students, their mentors, leaders and volunteers across the Waikato who have been involved in their various youth development programmes including Kiwi Can, Stars and Career Navigator over the previous 12 months.

The evening celebrates the incredible achievements of these amazing young people, many who have bounced back from hardship and conquered immense challenges to chart a positive course through life.

Here is the full list of 2019 Awards:               

Career Navigator Outstanding Achievement Ngaruawahia High School – Melissa Blackett

Career Navigator Outstanding Achievement Fairfield College – Joshua Robertson 

Career Navigator Outstanding Achievement Fraser High School – Paige Auton

Career Navigator Outstanding Achievement He Puawai Teen Parent Unit – Tia Timoko 

Kiwi Can Integrity – Tamiya Benion

Kiwi Can Respect – Chrome Nahu-Mahara

Kiwi Can Positive Relationships – Saphire Mihaka-Barrett

Kiwi Can Resilience – Anaru Ngatai 

Stars Peer Mentor Outstanding Contribution Tokoroa High School – Reina Treadaway

Stars Peer Mentor Outstanding Contribution Forest View High School – Renee Hurliman

Stars Peer Mentor Outstanding Contribution Fairfield College – Steffan Jacobs

Stars Year 9 Outstanding Participation Fairfield College – Helena Tepania Tee

Stars Year 9 Outstanding Participation Tokoroa High School – James Kuru

Stars Year 9 Outstanding Participation Forest View High School – Harata Okeroa Stowers

Outstanding Intermediate School Student – Tokoroa Intermediate School

Outstanding Contribution Award – Emma Haddock

Inspirational Community Project Award – Ngaruawahia High School