Samoans dominate NZ Prime Minister Key’s awards

Samoans are among seven outstanding young Pacific people who have been honoured at the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards held in that country’s Parliament earlier this week.

Ministry Chief Executive Pauline Winter says the awards highlight the best of the Pacific people. “Now in their fourth year, the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards continue to highlight the outstanding talent that lies within our Pacific youth community,” says Ms Winter.

“I want to thank the sponsors for their ongoing support and for helping our talented award winners to reach their full potential. “I particularly want to note that Inspiration Award sponsor Cogita this year awarded not one but four young people.

“This is tribute not only to the high standard of applicants but also Cogita and other sponsors’ generosity and dedication to rewarding and celebrating Pacific youth.

“I congratulate all the winners and all those who applied to be considered for the Awards and we will follow their development with interest. They are true Pacific role models and will inspire many others to follow in their path,” says Ms Winter.

The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards are offered in four categories.

The categories and winners are:

Cogita Inspiration Award – Edmond Fehoko, 23, Auckland; Elizabeth Moli, 24, Tauranga; Manatu Fia, 21, Otago; and, Mary Tiumalu, 23, Auckland.
University of Auckland Leadership Award – Ann-Helen Rasmussen, 24, Auckland
Vodafone NZ Foundation Mobiles4Good Award – Reina Vaai, 24, Auckland.
Weta Workshop Creativity Award – Aaron Unasa, 22, Auckland

More than 100 young Pacific people applied for the awards. The awards were established in 2010 to inspire young Pacific people to reach their full potential.


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