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South Auckland Celebrates Young Achievers

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The community of South Auckland is gearing up to celebrate youth achievement in the upcoming South Auckland Youth Awards sponsored by Auckland Airport and Hapai Te Hauora Tapui.

“These awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate youth success and support the good work youth have done for the wellbeing of families and the community” says Delane Mackie of Hapai Te Hauora T?pui. Last year a number of young people received awards for their work in the community. Kalina Papali’i was one such winner, acknowledged for her outstanding work in the sport of waka ama.

Not only has Kalina been successful internationally in the sport, she takes time out of her schedule to coach and mentor other up-and-coming paddlers. Mr Mackie knows how important these types of leadership skills are to the success of communities.

It is these skills which we are seeking to acknowledge at the awards” he says.

Sentiments supported by Katie Moore, Community Relations Manager for Auckland Airport, “This is the second year we have been involved in this event because we feel it is important to acknowledge the fantastic achievement of youth within our local community” says Miss Moore.
The ceremony to be held on Thursday 7th June features entertainment by Grace Ikenasio and Eclipse Dance Crew.

The ceremony will present eight awards acknowledging things such as service to the community, positive role-modelling and Whanau empowerment.

To nominate a young person of South Auckland for an award, visit and complete the online application by 9am Thursday 31st May. Finalists will be advised by phone on Friday 1st June.

Contact Details:

Mackie, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, 021 161 6357, 520 4796 ext 214,

Interviews in te reo Maori:
Rangi Mclean, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, 021 736 753

Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, Maori Public Health [Hapai] from its inceptions has been the leader of Maori Public Health. Its role has evolved from that of a regional provider of health promotion, to the Maori Public Health provider, contributing and informing public health policy, which has implications for whanau, hapu, iwi and ma ta waka.


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