Rising Stars

Rising Stars is an awesome kaupapa created by Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust, that acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of rangatahi in the Opotiki District.

There was a real need for young people to be showcased
in a good light in the community and thus,
Rising Stars was born.

The area is blessed with talented individuals and groups,

and recognising this helps young people continue to strive

for greatness.

So if you know any young people between 12 - 24

years doing amazing things in their lives, register

them below!

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Rising Stars Nomination Form
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Category Criteria

Achievement in Sport 12 - 24 years:
► Open to all people aged between 12-24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Demonstrated a level of excellence in any category of Sports.
► A good role model for their sport and community.
► Has performed well in their chosen sport at a local, national or international level.

Achievement in Education:
► Open to all people aged between 12-24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Performs to academic potential and beyond
► Involved in extracurricular activities
► Is a model of conduct and behaviour
► Works well with peers and teachers
► Leads by example

Consideration of his/her academic achievement, participation and contribution to extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership qualities and fellowship with students and staff.

Achievement in Creative Arts:
► Open to all people aged between 12-24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Has shown outstanding potential in their chosen form of art.
► Anyone who has achieved in the below categories

Visual Arts – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, fibre, glass, collage, book arts, film, video, electronic arts, installation and interdisciplinary work combing one or more of these media.

Literary Arts – fiction, creative, non- fiction, playwriting, poetry, essays and interdisciplinary work combining one or more of these genres.                        

Performing Arts – choreography, dance, music (composing and/or performance in all genres – classical, electronic, jazz, rap, rock, etc), theatre and performance art in school, clubs, or recreation.

Volunteer Award:
► Open to all people aged between 12 -24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► To acknowledge young volunteers who have made a positive difference in the lives of others through support and encouragement, often with self-sacrifice and without personal gain.
► To recognise young volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support local sporting clubs, Marae & other activities.
► Demonstrates commitment to their club/Marae through their service

Turn Around Award:
► Open to all people aged between 12 -24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Any young person who has made significant change in their lives for the positive
► Anyone who has gone back into education or employment
► Anyone who has overcome a challenge in their lives.

Adaptive Award:
► Open to all people aged between 12 -24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Any young person who has overcome Physical and/or Intellectual Challenges.
► And/Or to acknowledge young people who have made a positive difference in the lives of others through support and encouragement.

Group Award:
► Open to a team of 5 or more young aged between 12 -24 within or from the Opotiki District.
► Any group that are involved in all forms of Sport, Cultural, Educational, Recreational, Arts & Community Events.
► Any group who have made a positive difference to the lives of others

Opotiki Tertiary Award:
► Open to all students up to 24 years studying a Tertiary course from the Opotiki District
► Students who have demonstrated excellence in attendance, attitude and educational achievement

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Rising Stars 2019