2013 Youth to Work Awards

On November 20 2013 the South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards celebration was held at the TSB Hub in Hawera. 130 people were welcomed by Mayor Ross Dunlop The awards celebrate the efforts of young acheivers in educaiton training and employment, and employers and training providers supporting young people from school through training and into employment.

The atmosphere was buoyant and people really enjoyed being nominated, nominating others, and supporting the nominees. Nominators of the 3 award categories were asked to write why they thought their nominated person should win. Below we have samples of the winning submissions and other nominations, as well as photos of the event. 1st place winners (below) were given Outward Bound scholarships entitling them to a 21 day adventure.

Thanks to all the sponsors supporting the future prosperity of South Taranaki.

Click here to see information about Employers subsidies for employing youth.

Click this link to see the 2013 Youth to Work Awards Winners Advertisement (below)

The South Taranaki Mayor’s Taskforce for jobs project has a vision “that all young people under 25 years be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being”.

Contact Peter Heard if you have:

•Work experience

•Employment placements

•Training and education opportunities

•Time to mentor or support young people

•Concerns about youth in South Taranaki

peter.heard@stdc.govt.nz         0800 111 323           027 431 3544

Register with Peter Heard for the 2014 South Taranaki Youth to Work Forum. 

We need input from parents, employers, under 25 year olds, training & education providers and the wider community.

Photos from the celebration and quotes from the nominations:

“Brian and Monique Sinclair are very modern employers providing an old fashion care and tutor service, they are also very community minded”.

 “It gives me great pleasure to nominate Ilaisa Finau for the Youth Awards. An outstanding young man, who has continually worked hard with his study, and has a clear pathway of what he wants to achieve in the future. Ilaisa already came with good study and work ethics, with 100% attendance here at Feats and his positive attitude makes him the ideal candidate for this award, but not only that; Ilaisa is a polite young man who is respectful to and respected by his peers, Feat’s staff and myself as his facilitator”.

“At the recent funderal of Don Gillbanks (who owned Gillbanks Fish and Chips Shop in Opunake some of the young members of his present staff stood up and paid tribute to their employers Don and Judy. Over the past 50+ years Don and Judy have employed a vast number of Youth in Opunake, many of whom I would imagine have gone onto to greater careers.”


“I have had Nathan in the workshop part time for the last year through school work experience. I have found him to do more hours through school holidays to gain more experience – hence through his positive attitude he has now earned himself an apprenticeship. He follows instructions, has an enquiring mind and is starting to take on board actions and reactions, consequences for actions. I feel he will turn into a good tradesman. Bottom line he got the job through his positive work ethic and enthusiasm.”

“Max is a well-respected business man in Hawera who is passionate about getting our young people into employment. Over the past two years he has offered work experience to some of more challenging learners so that they could learn about a real work environment and developing a WORK ETHIC! South Taranaki needs MORE people & businesses like Max’s if we are to succeed as a community & get our youth unemployment to 0%.”

“Gareth was on my programme for the full 13 weeks – despite his best efforts he was unable to obtain employment in this time.  He did however grow in his confidence & this was a stepping stone for him.  Shortly after the programme completion he undertook a Tectra farming course which led to fulltime employment on a farm.  He is now a transformed young man.  Apart from the success in gaining employment he has made huge personal changes as well His confidence has skyrocketed & he is a true inspiration. Gareth started as a quiet unassuming lad & has transformed himself into a confident hard working man!  Well done Gareth – I can’t wait to see where his life leads him.”

Below is the list of placewinners, highly commended winners, and nominess for all three categories.

Young Achievers Award Category proudly sponsored by PKW.

Awards given for outstanding efforts in education, training and employment:

Young Achievers Award Winners:

1st : Katherine Bosworth (STDC Librarian)

2nd : Marlene Ruka (Opunake High School student)

3rd : Huia Brown (Davey’s Patch Pizzaria)

Young Achievers Highly Commended:

Gareth Watson (Feats student)

Nathan Andreoli (Moller Johnson Ltd)

Ilisia Finau (Feats student)

Young Achievers Nominees:

Chris Baylis

Liam Baylis

Katherine Bosworth

Issac Bryon

Ethan Cadman

Brooke Coxhead

Temarina Dean

Jacinta Feaver

Jamie Fevre

Dylan Gifkins

Samuel Gooding

Wairingiringi Hemara-Wahanui

Iritana Hohaia

Vaughan Hokopaora

Shae Jones

Abbey Luff

Simone Phillips

Marlene Ruka

Elise Kendal

Murphy Kira

Anton Paki Tarete Lilly

Thomas Sandford

Reece Saywell

Courtney Shaw

Frank Sole

Alexandra Tahau

Dan Tatham

Rochelle True

Nicole Vowles

Hayden Walkington

Alasdair Wilson

Employers Award Category proudly sponsored by Feats

Awards given for outstanding contribution to young people on the pathway to employment:

Employer’s Award Winners:

1st place : JLE Electrical – Ernie Laurence

2nd : Hotter Engineering

3rd : Universal Motors Patea – Doc Bourke

Employers Award Highly Commended:

Sinclaire Electrical and Refrigeration – Brian and Monique

Gillbanks Fishshop – Judy and the late Don Gillbanks

Hawera Panel Beaters- Max Sayer

Davey’s Patch Pizzaria – Dave and Marie McGregor

Employers Award Nominees

Collins Sports Centre

Corkhill Systems

Countdown Hawera



Dreamtime Surf Shop

DTS Engineering

Elite Farm Solutions

Croucher & Crowder

Rob & Clare Pook

Headlands Restaurant & Hotel

Hospice Shop

Hotter Engineering

Hub Catering

II Chefs


KFC Hawera

Kiwi Club House

McCartney & Hunger Ltd Patea

McDonalds Hawera

Michael Blomen Engineering Ltd

Patea Library

Phil Brophy Builders

Pita Pit Hawera

Pak n Save

Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation



Stratford Office Furniture

The Warehouse

Rahotu School

Schnipps Hair Shop

Education and Training Providers Award Category proudly sponsored by the South Taranaki District Council.

Awards given for outstanding contribution to young people on the pathway to employment:

Education/Training Providers Award Winners:

1st place: Taratahi Agricultural Education

2nd: Malcolm McKercher – Hawera Highschool – head of Horticulture

3rd: Feats

Education/Training Provider Nominees:

Te Kura Correspondence School

Click here for the nomination form (nominations now closed).

Press release:

Nominations are now open for the 2013 South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards.

The awards celebrate the outstanding contributions to youth employment in South Taranaki

You can nominate education/training providers, young achievers and employers for an award. Nominations are due by Wednesday 6 November, 2013. Forms and full criteria are available from LibraryPlus centres in South Taranaki and on www.southtaranaki.com.

The awards are a partnership between the South Taranaki District Council and the South Taranaki Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs project.  “It’s just common sense to celebrate youth on the pathway to employment” says Peter Heard, South Taranaki District Council’s  Community Development Advisor. “Young people engaged in education, training or employment live more satisfying lives and are less likely to get involved with crime and anti-social behavior, isn’t that something we all want?”.   

The award will be presented by the Mayor of South Taranaki at the celebration on Wednesday 20 November from 5:30-6:30 pm at TSB Hub, in Hawera. “Anyone nominated for the Young Achievers award will be up for spot prizes, which will be given out when the awards are presented. There are also awesome prizes for Young Achievers placing first, second and thirdsays Peter.

“It’s vital that we recognise and value what young people can contribute. Within 5 years young people will be in hot demand both globally and locally. Recent population forecasting shows that within 18 years 62% of Taranaki’s population will be aged 65 years or older. Our young people are essential for our future community wellbeing, where else will our workforce come from?” 

Peter is eager to hear from employers and others who want to offer opportunities for youth. “We have all seen depressed towns with idle young people, here we have a chance as a community to turn that around. Imagine instead vibrant towns with engaged young people,  that is what this project is all about”.

To RSVP to the Youth to Work Celebration or to get more information, contact Peter Heard on 0800 111 323 or email peter.heard@stdc.govt.nz.