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Manurewa youth leaders acknowledged

The depth and breadth of leadership of youth throughout Manurewa, which has been recognized at the Youth Week Award ceremony held at Parliament this week, should make the community extremely proud, Manurewa Labour MP Louisa Wall says.

“The 'Limitless Youth Leadership Group', which operates within the innovative Manurewa Marae-based programme Taiohi Whai Oranga and won Youth Group Award, are an incredible bunch of youth leaders who continue to break stereotypes, support youth in the community and be themselves. They are continuously developing new initiatives and events that they believe are beneficial for other youth in the community.

“An Anzac Youth Award went to Alfriston College where students re-created the landscape of 1915 Gallipoli in Minecraft®, working with Auckland Museum staff. This project involved the students working to a brief to create an education resource that could be used in schools by teachers and students and help young people to connect and learn about the events in Gallipoli.

“Manurewa High School’s Sulani Helg received a Giving Back Award. Sulani gives back to her community in many ways; she is a youth ambassador for rheumatic fever and Save the Children and a member of the Youth Advisory Group for the Ministry of Youth Development. Sulani also plays an important role at her school where she is part of Humanitarian Aid Leadership Programme, is a student representative on the school Board of Trustees and runs the Breakfast Club, which organises donations of food and provides nutritious breakfasts for all students.

“The theme of Youth Week 2015 is ‘We are the future’. The success of Manurewa youth in this year’s awards signal our young people are leading in the present, and learning the skills for the future by helping to shape their communities today," says Louisa Wall.