Matamata-Piako Volunteer Youth Awards 2018

Well known comedian and teen suicide prevention advocate Mike King will return to Matamata-Piako this year as a guest speaker for the 2018 Matamata-Piako Youth Awards.

The awards are organised by the Matamata-Piako Volunteer Youth Ambassadors (VYA), which was formed last year.

This is the second time King has spoken in the district.

Last year the VYA, chaired by Kaleb Reid, invited King to speak at Matamata College as part of his campaign ‘It’s cool to korero” encouraging teens to talk about their problems.

The 2018 VYA chair Patrick Roskam is excited King is returning to the district, again in support of a VYA event.

He said now King had confirmed the focus was now on bringing the event together.

He said the awards are an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the positive impact that our youth in our Matamata-Piako district are doing for our community.

“It enables our community to become aware of how these actions can lead to opening the doors to creating a bright future for our district.”

He said this is where the community can get involved by nominating a youth (aged 12-24) who is doing ‘good’ in the community.

“Since this is a community event, we want our community members to be the nominators of these young leaders,” said Roskam.

“So we encourage you to start keeping an eye open for any positive acts, involvement or services that young people in our district are doing every day.”

Categories to choose from include Leadership, Entrepreneurial, Service to the Community, Overcoming Adversity, Maori Contribution, Environmental, Employee and Arts, each sponsored by a business within the district.

The sporting category was removed in 2017 as last year’s VYA felt there needed to be more emphasis on community service and the Waikato’s annual sports awards acknowledges sport successes.

In 2017 Patrick was the recipient of the Kaimai Cheese Café Award for Entrepreneurship and Boltholder Service to the Community and nominated for the Keystone Advice Group Award for Contribution to Environment.

Matamata-Piako District Mayor Jan Barnes said she was impressed with the 2018 Youth Ambassadors and looked forward to seeing what other events they would come up with to empower the district’s youth.

“I am impressed with our youth, the willingness and open mindedness that they share with the community. I look at sports and cultural events and our youth form a big part right across the district.

“In the future our youth may be staff members of Council, volunteers in our community groups, leading projects and even an elected member or mayor around the Council table.”

Online nominations will be available at from between 13 July – 7 August.  

Use our on-line form to make a nomination.