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The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award celebrates the work young people do to enrich their community, and is open to all students who have given service to school or community projects.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Nari Casley was named the winner of the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Youth Community Spirit Award for her efforts to volunteer in the school setting on various schools committees and for her extracurricular activities, including position on the student advisory board for Project Janzoon.

Finalists for this award were Amber Terrill of Murchison Area School, Sophie Ross of Nelson Girls College, Dustin Blazek of Nayland College and Rhys Griffith of Nelson College for Boys.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Miss Casley’s nomination spoke of a young lady who cares for deeply those around her and in the community.

“I really do love presenting the youth spirit award, because it shows everyone the future of New Zealand is in safe hands – these are teenagers who have a real grasp on what community is.

“Nari is the student rep for the Board of Trustees, is a member of the Student Council and she gives up a lunch and morning tea break every week as a ‘student contact.’ On top of this she mentors a younger student and sits on the environment committee. That’s quite a list for someone completing their last year of secondary school.   

“Passionate about her environment, she also plays an important part in ensuring her generations views are heard with regards to Project Janzoon. Motueka is really lucky to have such a positive young leader making such a difference,” Somerville says.

Miss Casley received a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of her choice (Salvation Army).