The recipients of the 2019 New Zealand Youth Awards were announced by Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare at a celebration event which took place on 24 June at Parliament.
Altogether, 14 outstanding rangatahi were recognised across seven Awards categories.
Te Manukura – Leadership Award MRGS’s Fahad Shezad!! Congratulations Fahad
MC Ezekiel Raui, Keynote Speaker Kendall Flutey, Recipient Speaker Fahad Shehzad, SOUL Dance Performers and jazz band Matheson Quartet all contributed their talents towards making it an amazing night of celebration!
Fahad Shehzad has received a New Zealand Youth award, only one of 14 awarded in New Zealand this year. He is the recipient of the Te Manukara – Outstanding Leadership Award for 2019 presented by the minister of Youth, the Hon. Peeni Henare in Wellington. In Fahad’s own words…
“I am truly stoked and blessed to have been recognized and to have received such a prestigious award – on the National scale for something I take so much pride in, my leadership. I wished to share this success to you all because I think this is a win to MRGS too.
I also had the honour to be the recipient speaker on the night, where I presented a speech in Parliament, on ‘honoring our heroes’ where the speech was dedicated to Jacinda herself, for being my hero during the times of the Christchurch massacre. I received immense applaud and even a standing ovation from some of the crowd. I have been asked to send the speech to the PM herself, so exciting stuff!”
Fahad was nominated for the leadership and courage he showed after the Christchurch shootings in March, where he led the school’s response, saying his mission was to ensure students of the school were well supported for and cared for during the time of grief. He also organized events such as fundraising for the event, having banners and cards sent to the families in Christchurch, and presenting an inspiring speech during his school’s assembly to commemorate those who were lost during the events.
L-R Juanita Te Kani (General Manager, MYD), Irihapeti Edwards, Fahad Shezad, Hon Peeni Henare
Photos from Mount Roskill Grammar School’s post
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