YOUTH AWARDS 2018
Countdown to X-Factor People Choice Voting Closing
Countdown to the OneChance Youth Awards 2018
WE ARE LOOKING FOR MOST TALENTED YOUTH IN ROTORUA.
12 Categories + 12 Winners + $10,000 in cash and prizes + a mean kai
= Happy Peps. AWESOME!
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Stay tuned for the annoucement of the 36 finalists – Friday 13 April.
Scroll down for all the awards and event details…
Supreme Youth Leader
of the Year
Chantelle Cobby, 18
Chantelle’s passion for leadership was ignited by standing on many committees, expanding herself through speech, debating, taking on volunteer roles at Rotorua Girls High and in her community. She has just recently launched Mentor Me Collective, an online mentoring programme for high school students.
Industry Training Solutions
‘X-Factor’ Peoples Choice Award
Anahera Teinakore-Curtis, 17
Anahera strives hard to be a strong positive role model especially for young Maori women, whether it be in academics, sports, community or the cultural arts. Anahera also won the RIS Overall Hinemoa award for her outstanding contribution as a Maori student.
Hone Morris, 17
Youth Coordinator at the
Fordlands Community Centre
Last year Hone left school and has been at the FCC practically full time 30 hours a week. He gives alot if time to the community and he always goes above and beyond at the FCC. Hone is an awesome young man with an amazing future ahead of him.
Arts & Crafts Institute
Youth Visual Artist
Kathleen Ashley, 19
Kathleen has been involved in the costume designs for the Western Heights High Stage Challenge. In 2016 she was the lead costume designer for ‘The Error’ for which Western Heights received an excellence award in costumes. In 2016 Kathleen also designed and made costumes for two school dance crews, Genesis and House of Esses.
Youth Cultural Leader
of the Year
Eamon Walsh, 17
Eamon is fully involved with many cultural activities and is an active participant in Kapa Haka, Waka Ama and has been a Taiaha leader, tutoring young students in Taiaha. This year Eamon has been enlisted to help teach every student within John Paul College the Haka in an attempt to lift school spirit.
Rotary Rotorua North
Youth Services Icon Award
Maylene Meroiti, Netball
Maylene offers her time and experience with the Netball Rotorua Association and in the past the Waiariki Maori Netball Organisation, rep coach for BOP, Rotorua, Rotorua Girls High, Western Heights High and Waikite Sports. Maylene is a legend for the youth of Rotorua.
Rotorua Lakes Council
Sport and Recreation
Anaseini Nagera, 16
Ana is multi-talented sports athlete in a mixture of team and individual sports. Ana is the Rotorua Girls High senior swimming champ, Central North Island swimming champ and Mid Islands athletics rep.
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
Adrian Forbes, 18
Adrian is a keen musician who has been playing guitar for 10 years. He enjoys playing many different styles of music, including blues and soft rock. Adrian has performed at local events including the Community Christmas Lunch Gig, the Cancer Charity Fundraiser Gig, Blues Festivals and Te Utuhina Manaakitanga Whanau Hui, just to name a few.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Most Awesome Youth
of the Year
Kesia Mary Kurian, 17
Keisa displays a keen sense of determination and will to succeed. She is passionate about volunteering and her commitment to help fellow students at her school. She is a recipient of the young achievers award from Auckland University and has strong leadership skills, academic ability, resolve and global focus to help humanity.
Rothbury Insurance Brokers
Most Outstanding Community
Pita Helu, 17
Pita is the youth ambassador to his general conference, student leader of a youth programme, Sunday School Teacher, children’s moment special talks provider during church services, member of both the youth and the adult choirs, sound engineer during services, scripture reader and assists with grounds maintenance.
FLAVA Most Outstanding Sports Team
John Paul College 1st XV
From the bottom division of the U14’s three years ago, the nucleus of this team has proven that with training, commitment and dedication they have moved up the rugby ladder and be contenders for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union 1st Division this season. Last season they travelled to the Gold Coast where they were runners up in the Gold Coast Rugby Festival.
Chris Bell Dental
Most Outstanding Youth Performance Group
Raukura Kapa Haka
Raukura is a successful cultural Kapa Haka group that is comprised of both Rotorua Boys High and Rotorua Girls High students. They strive to do their best in every competition they attend and they placed first in the 2016 Secondary School Nationals held in Hastings.
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.
- Chris Bell Dental Most Outstanding Youth Performance Group
- Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre Most Outstanding Youth Performer
- New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute Most Amazing Youth Visual Artist
- FLAVA Most Outstanding Sports Team
- Rotorua Lakes Council Sport and Recreation Portfolio Most Outstanding Sports Athlete
- Elite Adventures Most Outstanding Youth Employee
- Rothbury Insurance Most Outstanding Community Youth Ambassador
- Rotary Rotorua North Youth Services Icon Award
- Cavanagh Law ‘X-Factor’ People’s Choice Award
- Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Most Awesome Youth of the Year
- Rotorua Multicultural Council Youth Cultural Leader of the Year
- 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 – Guy Ryan, Young New Zealander of the Year 2015
- Live entertainment
- Free finger food and drinks available
Tickets available from 13 April by clicking on the link above.