Exceptional rangatahi recognised

Video transcript

(Kered Taylor – tertiary award recipient)

It's awesome to be recognised and acknowledged.

It's been really cool to hear other people's stories and what they're doing and their hopes and aspirations as well.

I guess my hope is to be a part of a better future for our young people.

(Hon Tracey Martin – Minister for Children)

What it means to me is just to see that triumph over what is adversity.

It's just recognition of the human spirit, that if you actually come in and support young people that they can turn anything around.

Just having an opportunity to be the centre of attention in a positive way I think is a really big deal.

(Henare – Outward Bound award recipient)

It's quite humbling to be a part of a group of people who are all exceptional and it's really amazing to be a part of this cool experience.

(Renee Porter – MC)

Today we are here honouring and celebrating 20 exceptional young people.

Welcome to the inaugural ceremony of The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards.

(Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern – Prime Minister)

To the award winners, who have come as far as Whangarei and Dunedin,who have the potential in future to be lawyers, artists, parents, sports people, leaders.


You've all been chosen ultimately because you're exceptional, and among these 20 inspiring young people we have a youth worker, a support group leader, a mentor, a mum inspiring other young mums, and what could be more important than that?

You've all not only demonstrated excellence or leadership, you've also had a positive impact on others.

You have left me feeling challenged, you've left me feeling privileged and you've left me feeling inspired and motivated.

(Gráinne Moss, Chief Executive Oranga Tamariki)

Give us marks out of ten... one, two, three!

(Jessica Rayner, 2017 award recipient)

I think if you ever want to do anything as a career you have to start right now.

Like no matter how old you are or what level of education you've got, start now.

(Gráinne Moss, Chief Executive Oranga Tamariki)

Be very proud of yourself.

Look to the future and know that you're supported and we all see the magic that is in you.

(Injy Johnstone, guest speaker)

New Zealand needs leaders like us because we are the ones that know what it's like to

go through adversity.

We build resilience to completely new situations and not a lot of people learn that skill.

So we actually are needed.

(Celeste, passion award recipient)

I'm so thankful that I've got this opportunity to grab a scholarship.

It's gonna be coming in useful for me in my career options which is to become a data scientist and have all that tech experience.

(Alisha, tertiary award recipient)

This award's just amazing.

It's really made me proud of myself I'm proud of where I've come from and yeah just really thankful to everyone that has just been around me through my time in foster care as well.

(Liz Furness, Open Home Foundation social worker)

It's been a very big journey I've watched Alisha come through, and I'm incredibly proud of her.