Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards
Both young women have been high achieving and successful role models within our school and the wider community.
He tāoka, he koha, he kura pounamu
The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards were brought about through the vision of the late Tāua, Alva Kapa, a local Kāi Tahu educator. It was named as such because it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu (2001) and is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arai-Te-Uru.
The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago. The underlying objectives of the awards are to:
Celebrate the success and achievement of rakatahi Māori
Encourage rakatahi to participate in further tertiary study
Identify leadership potential
Provide positive role models to rakatahi Māori
Create networking opportunities
Provide and distribute information relating to study, career and scholarships.