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Whanganui Midweek - 2021-11-24

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Pupil gains BLAKE leadership award

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Te Huatahi Bradley from Whanganui Intermediate is being recognised for his leadership qualities with a 2021 BLAKE Young Leader Award. All agree that Te Huatahi is an exceptional leader at Whanganui Intermediate. He is an exceptional role model to his peers and is actively involved in all the school has to offer. He also referees mini ball for primary schoolaged students. Sponsored by Westpac NZ, this year’s BLAKE Young Leader Awards celebrate 11 years of acknowledging young New Zealanders who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities within their school communities and inspire those around them. About 350 primary and intermediate schools from all over Aotearoa are taking part in the 2021 programme which celebrates Year 5 to 8 leaders. BLAKE chief executive James Gibson says, “With the support of Westpac NZ, over the last 11 years we have presented more than 3850 young Kiwis with a BLAKE Young Leader Award. “This year we’re once again proud to present these awards to our upand-coming young leaders from every corner of Aotearoa.” Westpac NZ general manager of consumer banking and wealth Gina Dellabarca says the bank is proud to be helping young Kiwis reach their remarkable potential. “These outstanding young leaders are already stepping up to the challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand,” Ms Dellabarca says. “Our Westpac staff love seeing their talent and ability in action — whether it’s leading projects, helping people in their community or finding creative new ways to do things differently,” she says. The 2021 young leaders are nominated by their schools and will be presented with a prize pack, certificate and BLAKE Young Leader Award Medal from October to December. To find out more about the BLAKE Young Leader Awards, visit www.blakenz.org.

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