Seventeen-year-old Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond from Wairoa in Hawke’s Bay received the supreme ‘Trailblazer Award’ for her work developing young Māori leaders. Rahiri co-founded Project Rangatahi which aims to connect young Māori with internships, mentors and opportunities to help them flourish in their career.

 

Seventeen-year-old Mikayla Stokes from Western Springs in Auckland, took home the STEAM Award (science/technology/engineering/arts/maths) for inventing a pollution sensor to measure the amount of particulates in the air and transmit this information to a server on her laptop.

 

The Innovation Award went to seventeen-year-old Tulsi Lathia from Christchurch for inventing a device that would help locate people following a natural disaster and a second device that is a fire detection, evacuation and control system.

 

Thirteen-year-old Greer Wilson from Massey in Auckland received the Emerging Leader Award for her work raising awareness of mental health and providing recommendations to Parliament about how the mental health system could better serve young people.

 

Fifteen-year-old Simone Renee Peers is one of Hamilton's youngest entrepreneurs and she was the winner of the Enterprise Award for her growing business in Hamilton selling hot nuts. The franchise, Hot Nutz, gives purchasers an exclusive licensed area to operate as many machines as they can.

 

Eighteen-year-old Zoe Palmer from Nelson received the Community Award for campaigning to save the 24/7 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service crisis line. After her local District Health Board decided to make changes to the after hours help line, Zoe launched an online petition and spoke to the Government about it's importance to the community.