Chris Bishop, Chair of the Hutt Valley Youth Awards organising committee, has today launched the inaugural Hutt City Youth Awards.
“These new awards will shine a light on the talented young people we have here in the Hutt who show huge potential for the future, and who have made a significant contribution to the city.
“While there are many awards ceremonies that have components recognising youth, the Hutt City Youth Awards will be the first to focus solely on the amazing things young people are doing in and for our community.”
“Since becoming a MP I’ve placed a real focus on engaging and supporting the young people in the Hutt – for example by initiating a new annual afternoon tea for student leaders with the Prime Minister, backing programmes like Young Enterprise and MaiBiz, and supporting local youth projects.
“These new awards will recognise the breadth and depth of talent of youth in the Hutt Valley with awards for leadership, entrepreneurship, science and technology, service, overcoming adversity, arts, sport, and tolerance and diversity. These categories draw on the strengths of the Hutt as a vibrant, diverse community that focuses on excellence in innovation, technology, science and community contribution.
“The organising committee has brought together an outstanding panel of judges, including His Worship Ray Wallace (Mayor of Lower Hutt), Sir Neville Jordan (Chancellor of Victoria University, entrepreneur, philanthropist), Kevin Goldsbury (Director of youth development charity Ignite Sport), Renee Ailao (entrepreneur and Founder of NZ Kids Food) and Courtney Johnston (Director of the Dowse Art Museum).
“Award recipients will be announced and honoured at a special ceremony at Boulcott’s Farm Golf Club on Thursday 3 December, in the company of family, friends and sponsors.
“Sponsors for the awards are now being sought – people interested in supporting the awards with financial or ‘in-kind’ support should get in touch.
“With support from local businesses, community organisations and industry, the Hutt City Youth Awards will provide the well-deserved recognition for Hutt youth that is currently missing from our community.
For more information visit www.huttcityyouthawards.co.nz.
HUTT CITY YOUTH AWARDS: BACKGROUND INFO
The awards are open to young people, aged 12-21 (inclusive) who have a strong connection to Hutt City – they have to:
- live in Hutt City; and/or
- go to school in Hutt City, and/or
- be nominated for an activity which is based in Hutt City.
When do nominations open?
Nominations are open on September 14 and close on October 19. Between then and October 30 the judges will decide the winners of each categories and runners-up.
How do I nominate someone?
Nomination forms are available at www.huttcityyouthawards.co.nz
Call: +64 4 566 8580
Who’s behind this?
An organising committee of people passionate about the Hutt Valley.
Chris Bishop MP (Chair)
Rachel Compton (Petone Rotary)
Prabha Ravi (Natraj School of Dance)
Martin Penrose (Hutt Valley Rotary)
Mikaela Bowmar (Chair, Kelson Community Assn)
Inaugural Awards Ceremony
Thursday 3 December 2015
5.30 to 7.30pm at Boulcott’s Farm Golf Club
Hosted by Chris Bishop MP, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley
Guest Speakers: Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth and one other VIP TBC
Friends and family invited. Refreshments served.
Hutt City Youth Award for Leadership
To recognise a young person in the Hutt who displays great leadership skills.
Hutt City Youth Award for Entrepreneurship
To recognise a young person in the Hutt who displays entrepreneurial spirit and who demonstrates the potential to be a future business leader.
Hutt City Youth Award for Science and/or Technology
To recognise a young person in the Hutt who has demonstrated innovation in the STEMM areas: science, maths, engineering, manufacturing, and technology.
Hutt City Youth Award for Service to the Community
To recognise a young person who has made a significant contribution to the Hutt through voluntary service
Hutt City Youth Award for Overcoming Adversity
To recognise a young person in the Hutt who has overcome challenges to achieve success.
Hutt City Youth Award for the Arts
To recognise a young person in the Hutt has achieved success in the performing, visual, or literary arts.
Hutt City Youth Award for Contribution to Sport
To recognise a young person in the Hutt who has made a significant contribution to sport.
Hutt City Youth Award for Tolerance and Diversity
To recognise a young person who has made the Hutt a better place to live by embracing diversity and developing connections between people.