And the winners of the 2018 Youth Awards are...

Over 150 people were present to watch nine of the district's hardworking and talented young people get rewarded at the 2018 Volunteer Youth Awards. 

These awards are the flagship event for the Volunteer Youth Ambassadors, a committee of year 12 and 13 students from eachof the districts three high schools. This is the seond year the Youth Awards have been held in the district.

Matamata-Piako Mayor Jan Barnes said this year nominations doubled which showed an overwhelming level of support for the young people in the district and she was thrilled with the turn out of supporters.

"The district's young people are tomorrows leaders. It's such a privilidge to be witness to these young people getting rewarded for the hard work they do in our district. Often the hard work of any volunteer goes unnoticed, so we were glad to be able to shine the spotlight on these deserving recipients - not only the winners, but all the nominees." 

Mike King was the guest speaker for the awards evening. Mike is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention and shared a very entertaining and sometimes emotional account of his own journey.


vya and Mike King

Caption: The 2018 Volunteer Youth Ambassadors, with guest speaker Mike KIng, taken at the 2018 Youth Awards. 


Matamata-Piako District Council and the members of the 2018 Volunteer Youth Ambassadors congratulate all our 2018 Youth Award winners. 


Morrinsville Rotary Music/Arts award - Rachael Bloemendal 

Noble and Lee Leadership Award – Monique Mellow

Ngāti Haua Iwi Trust Māori Contribution Award – Nelly Wilson

The Boltholder Entrepreneur – Luka Stewart

Aroha Natural Honey Overcoming Adversity – Ollie Morton Farrelly

Property Brokers Employee Award – Amy Pollock

Te Aroha Lions Service to Community Award – Jasmine Hobbs

The Morrinsville Lions Club Service to Community Award – Damon Taylder

The Matamata Lions Club Service to Community – Caitlin Crozier


Huge thank you to all our sponsors, we couldn't have held our event without you.