Cultural stars recognised at awards ceremonies

A number of award winners from Mahurangi College played a part in this year’s show Loverly.

Both Mahurangi College and Rodney College highlighted students who excelled in cultural activities last month.

Mahurangi held its cultural blues on October 26, with musician Sara Jones taking top prize as Cultural Person of the Year.

Sara has obtained Trinity College Grade 8 with two instruments and has been a member of school bands since Year 7.

She is also a cultural prefect, has taught and conducted music for other students and been requested as a judge for a number of talent quest events.

The Dance Makers Performing Arts Person of the Year title was split between Caoimhe Lane and Eloise Williams-Mart.

Caoimhe also won the Basil Kirker Services to Choral Singing Award.

Xavier Garneau-Roughan won the Hall of Fame Award for his roles as Bugsy Malone, Prince Henry in Forever After and Henry Higgins in Loverly.

The Anne Dewey Dance Trophy went to Cade Hansen and Jasmine Donaldson for commitment and dedication to dance.

The Bissett Family Arts Cup went to Shara Waugh, while Teaeto Tebutokai took the Southern Paprika Award.

Aidan Burridge won the Elliot Cup for Visual Arts Person of the Year.

The Technical Support Cup went to Connor Simpson, the Atkins Award for drama to Zach Pickett and Spencerley Trophy for music and performing arts to Rebecca Boyce.

The Year 10 Up and Coming Award was split between Ryan Stam and Kate Rowe.

Both show promise for future contributions to cultural activities.

Meanwhile, Rodney College had one major award for Cultural Person of the Year, received by Diva-Ataahua Ratu on October 18.

Diva has received excellence grades in performing arts, attended the Auckland Mayoral Debate as a Young Maori Wahine representative and is involved with kapa haka.

She was a leader for the Ngati Whatua Tertiary Summit at AUT University and a representative for the iwi at a crown signing in Parliament.

She also led the school show to fundraise for new carving on the whare and has been a part of several college concerts.

Diva-Ataahua Ratu puts on a performance at Rodney College.


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