Maori pupils’ achievements recognised

Columba College year 13 pupil Caitlyn McMillan (17) holds a Manu Pounamu certificate...
Columba College year 13 pupil Caitlyn McMillan (17) holds a Manu Pounamu certificate acknowledging her academic excellence, which she received at the Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards. Photo: Peter McIntosh.
The achievements and potential of Maori youth from throughout Otago were recognised at the 16th annual Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards in Dunedin on Friday night.

Secondary school pupils and their families from as far afield as  Wakatipu filled the University of Otago College of Education auditorium.

The awards are a Kai Tahu initiative to celebrate the academic, social and leadership success of junior and senior high school pupils.

All senior Mana Pounamu recipients were awarded Otago Polytechnic full-fee-payment scholarships.

Tonisha Rollo-Herewini, Anna Edwards, Nicholas Parata, Keegan Henman and Xavier Sadler received Hands-on Otago scholarships.

The University of Otago Scholarship for Excellence in Te Reo Maori was awarded to Lily Collins, and Caitlyn McMillan and GypsyMae Harihona-Harrison received ODT awards for excellence in English.

Mana Pounamu winners for 2016 were: Koreana Wesley-Evans (junior) and Georgia Auckram (senior), Bayfield High School; Sarah Jane Muldoon (senior), Blue Mountain College; Shannon Sealy (junior) and Caitlyn McMillan (senior), Columba College; Tonisha Rollo-Herewini (senior), Cromwell College; Jordan Bailey (junior) and Nikita Parker (senior), Dunstan High School; Germaine Wi (junior) and Jamie Gosney (senior), East Otago High School; Charles Keenan (junior) and Samuel Moir-Grace (senior), John McGlashan College; Nicholas Parata (junior) and Quintin Petre (senior), Kavanagh College; Chanse Peita (junior) and Tutawake Dickel-Smith (senior), King’s High School; Maria Ellen Kohu-Morris (junior) and Reva Mereaira Grills (senior), Logan Park High School; Damian Bentley Carson (junior), Maniototo Area School; Briar Hight (junior) and Anna Edwards (senior), Mount Aspiring College; Keegan Henman (junior) and Isimeli Tuivaga (senior), Otago Boys’ High School; Hannah Matahaere (junior) and Ariana Namana (senior), Otago Girls’ High School; Jordyn Martin (junior) and Lily Collins (senior), Queen’s High School; Sarah Bourke (junior), Roxburgh Area School; Zoe Smith (junior) and Josh Hill (senior), South Otago High School; Cameron Taylor (junior) and Katie Knowles (senior), St Hilda’s Collegiate; Seth Humphries (junior) and GypsyMae Harihona-Harrison (senior), St Kevin’s College; Danya Kerr (junior) and Tayla West (senior), Taieri College; Jed McKay (junior) and Bryce Taylor (senior), Waitaki Boys’ High School; Xavier Sadler (junior) and Lily Bloomfield (senior), Wakatipu High School.

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