20 Nov 2010

Pacific Youth Awards announced

2:54 pm on 20 November 2010

Young South Aucklanders excelling in the law, engineering, film-making and linguistics have taken out the inaugural Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards.

Each of the winners is a University of Auckland graduate who grew up in Manukau.

J'aime Laurenson has won the University of Auckland Award for Leadership.

Mr Laurenson holds first class honours degrees in law and engineering and is active in the Samoan community.

Samuelu Siilata's skills in poetry, songwriting, Polynesian music and film saw him awarded the Weta Workshop Award for Creativity.

Tammy Kingi's practical application of language skills and community work gave her the Cogita Award for Inspiration.