2010

Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards Winners

2010 Inspiration Award winner: Tammy Kingi

Tammy Kingi (22) from Mangere Bridge, Auckland has played an integral part of the Niuean Students Association at the University of Auckland for several years now. She has shown passion and commitment to her culture, cultural practise and maintenance of language. She is fluent in Niuean and has a working knowledge of Tongan, Maori and Samoan. Tammy is a Youth Advisor on the Le Va Advisory Board, an executive member of the Auckland University Pacific Islands Association and a DREAM fono mentor for high school students.
Tammy has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics and Pacific Island studies. Presently, she continues with post-graduate studies in linguistics.
Tammy was selected and shortlisted because she has extensive involvement within the Pacific community and has advocated for the Pacific youth voice. She is a strong Pacific youth representative, secure in her identity, and committed to encouraging and inspiring others to achieve their potential. 

2010 Creativity Award winner: Samuelu Tevita Si'ilata

Samuelu Siilata (24) from Manukau has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of creativity in the arts. He has excelled in poetry, songwriting, Polynesian music, dance, painting, constume design, screen writing and film.
Educated at Auckland Boys Grammar and the University of Auckland, Samuelu majored in Film, TV and Media and minored in Anthropology Pacific Studies. He then went on to a post-graduate diploma of Digital Media in communications studies at Auckland University of Technology where he was able to hone his skills in the area of film making.
Getting the Creativity Award and working at Weta is literally a dream come true.
In his own words - "Here I've been given the chance to work with the absolute best. The chance for me to immesrse myself in that world is absolutely brilliant".


2010 Leadership Award winner: J'aime Laurenson

J'aime Laurenson (24) from Manukau is an outstanding role model for students currently studying Engineering and Law at the University of Auckland. Having graduated with first class honours in both Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Laws, he is the first student to ever reach this level of achievement at the University of Auckland. He will be using his award for either a Masters or PhD in engineering.
A school prefect at Auckland Grammar, J'aime was named in 2003 Bursaries Top All-round Male Pacific Island Scholar and received a number of school, university and national scholarships.

J'aime is a past president at the University of Auckland South Pacific Indigeneous Engineering Students (SPIES) support network for Maori and Pacific people and is currently employed by the Faculty of Engineering on a part-time basis organising tutorial needs and mentor-mentee arrangements with the faculty.
J'aime and his family are active in the Samoan community in New Zealand and Samoa.
In the words of J'aime - "The award will help me to pursue my post-graduate qualifications and I'll be one of the very few Pacific Islanders in that field of study (mechatronics - mechanical and electrical engineering). I can help and encourage Pacific people to consider opportunities and careers they wouldn't think possible and also being an engineer....to increase the amount of Pacific people in that area. There's a shortage of them in our society. Most are encouraged to take law, medicine and don't appreciate engineering."