By CRIS JOHNSTON
Wanaka youth workers have praised the efforts of the Upper Clutha Youth Council for their efforts in organising the third annual Kahu Youth Awards, held on Thursday last week.
Youth worker Richard Elvey said about 50 people attended the awards function held at Rippon Hall.
It was the first time members of the youth council – Kate Goodsell (14), Tess Martin (14), Moana Watson (13), Olly Rowe (14), Georgia Evans (14), Ayla Smalls (15), Phoenix Brownly (15) and Logan Lambert (15) – had run the awards “from start to finish”.
“They did an amazing, professional job,” Mr Elvey said.
“Aside from running the awards themselves, they liaised with the families of nominees, approached local businesses for sponsorship, contacted catering companies and organised the venue itself.
“They .. [also] wrote the scripts, planned the event, set up the hall and presented the awards, Mr Elvey said.
“In many cases, the adults they were communicating with via email had no idea they were dealing with 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds and had a shock when they met them.
“Everybody has been really impressed with how they carried themselves and it really goes to show what young people are capable of.”
At last Thursday’s function, St John Cadet Maddison Frazer won the supreme award.
Other winners were: 12 and under, Dakota Rowe; 14 and under, Kate Goodsell;16 and under, Kenzie Muir; 18 and under, Sean Dickey. Ashleigh Cram, James Parry and Jack Goodsell received special commendations.