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Toi-Ohomai Institute
of Technology
Supreme Youth Leader
of the Year

Joape Ngaera, 17

This is a young man who has worked for and achieved excellence in EVERY endeavour and at EVERY stage of his young life. He has gained awards, honours, several leadership positions. Joe was selected to represent NZ at the Chinese International Speech Competition in 2017. Joe is determined, committed to excellence, proud of his cultural heritage, a respected and well-liked leader among his peers and the adult community. He is eager to expand his knowledge, committed to service, deeply rooted in his Faith, respectful, and extremely humble.

Cavanagh Law
‘X-Factor’ Peoples Choice Award

Joshua Gapes, 18

Joshua is in his first year studying at the Otago University studying a double Bachelor of Law majoring in Commerce and Bachelor of Art majoring in Psychology. Joshua’s attainment of Duke of Edinburgh Award qualification to Gold level, an excellent achievement in what is a challenging award to achieve. Joshua has a mature community spirit, and has dedicated much of his spare time to helping the youth within Rotorua’s community. 


NZ Maori
Arts & Crafts Institute
Most Amazing
Youth Visual Artist

Te Manaia Jennings, 18

Te Manaia is comitted to excelling at her craft of painting and exhibiting her work. She has a youthful style to her Art and is able to capture the essence of a persons features. She wants to use Art as therapy to help people dealing with mental illness. Te Manaia has at such a young age produced some amazing peices of Art that are well beyond her age. 

Elite Adventures
Most Outstanding
Youth Employee

Joel King-Hazel, 21
Youth Worker at
Te Waiariki Purea Trust

Joel is very passionate about rangatahi and this comes through in the outcomes he achieves with these young people. Joel makes a significant contribution to the young people working in this space by developing programs such as music that enhances the confidence of the young people he works with.  Joel is passionate about giving young people opportunity to experience events that are meaningful yet cost effective – like getting pipi and kina as a group. 

Multicultural Council
Youth Cultural Leader
of the Year

Anipatene Biddle, 17

Anipatene is hard working and cares deeply about her community.  Anipatene has made a significant contribution to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Youth Advisory Group member (2morrows Rangatira-)- youth suicide prevention. Anipatene is the current Head Prefect and Board of Trustees representative at Te Kura o Te Koutu.  Anipatene is a model student. She has shown consistently that she is truely committed to her schooling/education and walks confidently in this world as a young Māori woman.

Rotary Rotorua North
Youth Services Icon Award

Bobby Mihi-Howard, Youth Worker

Bobby is always giving her time whether is it music, theatre and even helping young people on overseas mission trips. Bobby is always looking at how to involve youth, how to promote the ‘youth voice’ and getting their perspective. – Her favourite thing is – ‘So what is in it for the youth, has anybody talk to them yet?’.
Bobby has caring, nurturing attitude and is always advocating for the best for our young people especially the
down cast.

Toi Ohomai
Instutite of Tecnology
Most Awesome Youth
of the Year

Te Ao Leach, 17

Te Ao is an all-round achiever and strives for excellence in all areas of her life – leadership, academics, culturally and in the sports arena.
Te Ao is the Deputy Head Girl at Rotorua Girls High and is an active leader and role model within the school and the community.  Te Ao is a three-time national title holder in both kapa haka and basketball. She has represented NZ internationally many times as both a cultural ambassador and also as a representative in the NZ Development Basketball tours. 

Chris Bell Dental
Most Outstanding Youth Performance Group

Gensis Dance Crew

For the past 3 years running Genesis has won the national championship title for senior division of the Dance NZ Made competition. A school based competition showcasing phenomenal talent in
dance and performing art across
New Zealand. 
They tutor, choreograph, perform, and mentor youth, take all the responsibility from their teachers and run the programme almost completely autonomously. They have incredible leadership in the youth community.

Rothbury Insurance Brokers
Most Outstanding Community
Youth Ambassador

Joshua Gapes, 18

Joshua has served over nine organisations in the Rotorua community, with over 650 hours in the past year alone.   A key example is his development as a youth leader at St Johns Presbyterian Church.  He has been a Youth Group Leader since 2016, where over 30 Rotorua secondary school children meet weekly.  Joshua’s giving back includes being a Helper at Iconz Rotorua (part of Boys Brigade NZ), an action, adventure, activity and values-based programme. 


Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
Most Outstanding
Youth Performer

Xavier Rehua Ariki Selwyn, 17

Rehua, was a member of the Raukura Kapahaka Team (who are the current National Champions) and he was also the male leader of the group at last years Regional Competition in which he gained a first equal title of Best Male Leader.   Rehua has also been involved with Māori Television as a voice over actor and also as a main character in the Kairakau Series which highlighted Ancestral Māori Warriors.  He was also part of the local talent which performed at this years Glo Festival Celebrations.  He is also set to release a new single entitled Mā te aroha. 

Rotorua Lakes Council
Sport and Recreation
Most Outstanding
Sports Athlete

Makayla Timoti, 16
Waka Ama

Makayla Timoti is a high performing athlete in her chosen sport Waka Ama. She also helps mentor and coach her school Waka Ama team at John Paul College. She is very dedicated to her sport, training consistently 6-7 days a week both mornings and nights with her days starting at 5:00am. Makayla also shows her passion and dedication through her service to the sport outside the waka by,  supporting Wairiki Purea Trust with community events promoting healthy life styles and safety around water sport.

FLAVA Most Outstanding Sports Team

Okareka Waka Ama Crew

This team have excelled in Waka Ama from 2017 as they have qualified to compete at the upcoming World Sprint Champs in Tahiti, this year in July.  The team are in the Junior Women Under 16 Age Division where they have won Gold and Silver medals. The women are role models for younger and older members as they show this vital value of Persistence.

Aim of the Event

The 2nd annual OneChance Youth Awards (OCYA) is the first of its kind in Rotorua.
Thanks to the support of the Rotorua community, there will be many more youth focused award events in the future.

Our aim is:

  • to honour exceptional Rotorua youth (aged 15-24)
  • to celebrate excellence and their achievements or service to the community

The OCYA will provide a platform of distinction to allow peer and community recognition with award finalists officially acknowledged at the OCYA Celebration; a night of glamour and glitz, key note speakers and entertainment where young people are appreciated for their outstanding dedication in the community and their nominated category.

Awards General Criteria

To be eligible, nominees must be aged between 15 and 24, currently live or have lived in the Rotorua District in the past 12 months.

Nominees must have:

  • Contributed significantly to their community/team/workplace
  • Demonstrated integrity, initiative and enthusiasm  
  • Demonstrated the ability to motivate, engage and positively influence others
  • Demonstrated commitment and perseverance
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

For more information regarding specific awards criteria, please click in the nomination button below.


The awards information and nomination process will be sent to Rotorua High Schools, Youth Service providers, the Rotorua Lakes Council, various local trusts, organisations, the OneChance website, Facebook, email database and local media. The public are encouraged to nominate online to ensure the process is transparent and accountable. Nominations are counted, collated and the top three nominations in each category making the finals. Once the judges have selected the three finalists for the X-Factor Peoples Choice, the public can then vote online to decide the winner.

Award Categories

  1. Chris Bell Dental Most Outstanding Youth Performance Group
  2. Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre Most Outstanding Youth Performer
  3. New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute Most Amazing Youth Visual Artist
  4. FLAVA Most Outstanding Sports Team
  5. Rotorua Lakes Council Sport and Recreation Portfolio Most Outstanding Sports Athlete
  6. Elite Adventures Most Outstanding Youth Employee
  7. Rothbury Insurance Most Outstanding Community Youth Ambassador
  8. Rotary Rotorua North Youth Services Icon Award
  9. Cavanagh Law ‘X-Factor’ People’s Choice Award
  10. Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Most Awesome Youth of the Year
  11. Rotorua Multicultural Council Youth Cultural Leader of the Year
  12. Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Supreme Youth Leader of the Year


Event Tickets and Theme

OneChance Youth Awards Celebration tickets are free and need to be collected from the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Energy Events Centre from Friday 13 April.

The theme is ALL WHITE – so come in your best white costume, white dress, white suit, white bed sheet or anything that is white, white or white. There are prizes for best dressed.

T&Cs – LIMITED TO 4 TICKETS PER PERSON. Tickets are strictly limited and there will be no tickets available on the night.                               **YOUTH EVENT, AGES 15+**

OneChance Youth Awards Celebration 2018
Bay Trust Forum, Energy Events Centre
Youth Week – Saturday 19 May 2018, doors open 5:30pm



Three finalists are found via the online nomination process which will be uploaded to the website and judges will pick the winners. The finalists of each category will be announced at the Media Launch and the overall winner of the categories will be announced at the OneChance Youth Awards Celebration.

$10,000 in Cash & Prizes

Each award category winner will receive cash, prizes and a custom made trophy from the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. All finalists receive a certificate of achievement.

Cavanagh Law ‘X-Factor’ People’s Choice Award

This award is open to the general public of Rotorua to nominate and then vote for an individual young person who has the ‘X-Factor’. This youth shows determination, the will to succeed, a willingness to learn, integrity, has fun and works hard in all areas of life. Three finalists are then chosen by the judges and the public then vote to find the winner.


Date Time OneChance Youth Awards Nominations Process
Wednesday 07 March 12:00pm Nominations Open
Sunday 08 April 5:00pm Nominations Close
Friday 13 April 12:00pm – 1:00pm Media Launch and Finalist Announced at Rotorua Youth Centre
Friday 13 April 1:00pm X-Factor People’s Choice award voting open – Event tickets available
Sunday 06 May 5:00pm X-Factor People’s Choice award voting closes
Saturday 19 May 5:30pm OneChance Youth Awards Celebration 2018 at the Bay Trust Forum, Energy Events Centre

OneChance Youth Awards 2018 Celebration

Bay Trust Forum, Energy Events Centre

Youth Week – Saturday 19 May 2018.
Doors open 5.30pm

Key note speaker – Cam Calkoen
Dream Big – Achieve More

  • Live entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Free finger food and drinks available

Tickets available from 13 April by clicking on the link above.