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The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust acknowledges the ongoing support of our fantastic sponsors… NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AIMES AWARDS SPONSORS







CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE 2019 marks 24 years of the AIMES Awards, and every year it is still as exciting as the last. Once again we received a huge number of applications for the awards and the ability of these young people is nothing short of inspiring. We are incredibly lucky to have such a wealth of talent in our region, and it is an honour to acknowledge them so early in their careers. The judges have done an outstanding job this year selecting our recipients. It is a lengthy process and we appreciate the judges who give their time so freely and professionally - from the school visits, the shortlisting, interviews, through to the award functions themselves. I would especially like to thank the chairs of our judging panels, Catherine Lamb and the Junior Excellence judges and Sue Stanaway and the AIMES & Emerging Talent judges. This year we have two new awards to present. The Sports Scholarship Awards are the brain-child of our AIMES judging panel after reading through countless sports applications year after year and wishing we could do more in that area. These awards will provide another stepping stone for those younger applicants before they are ready to move on to Emerging Talent and hopefully eventual AIMES Awards winners. A special thank you to Paul and Pam Bayer of Vantage Windows for supporting this initiative, without them these inaugural awards would not be possible. Our second new award is the Ross Finlayson Award. A very special moment for many of us personally as we mark 10 years since Ross’s passing. I personally had the opportunity to speak to Joan before we made the announcement and she was thrilled that Ross’s legacy would continue to be acknowledged in this way. This will be a special award given out annually and our winners will need to show that special leadership quality to our judging panels that Ross was so well known for. None of what we do could be achieved without the generous support of our sponsors and they are numerous. These include Letter, Emerging Talent, Junior Excellence, Sports Scholarships, Winners Network, Charity Lunches, Business Hall of Fame, Boardroom Buzz, BEN Breakfast, NeXt, Travel, Building North Harbour and Event support sponsors. Thank you all so very much for your ongoing generosity. I would like to thank my fellow trustees for their support throughout the year, and our passionate sub-committee members who keep things ticking behind the scenes. They are the ones coming up with the new ideas and running with them – we have a few changes coming up for 2020 and we can’t wait to tell you all about them! I would also like to acknowledge Blake Noble and David Stedman for their drive in launching one of the clubs newest initiative this year. The NeXt membership for up and coming leaders (aged 25-40) has injected new life into the club, and with the NeXt membership numbers growing on a weekly basis the club is guaranteed to continue doing all that we do for another 24+ years. As you flick through the pages of this amazing compilation of talent, I would also like to express our thanks to Aidan Bennett and the team at Benefitz. Many many hours have gone in to creating and producing this fantastic momento that you take away with you tonight. Lastly to my fellow members. Thank you for your ongoing support. Your attendance at events and fundraising efforts are the backbone to making this club great. Wear your membership with pride, this truly is an exceptional year. Phil Brosnan President, North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust

CONTENTS 1 Message from the President 2 North Harbour Club – Members 3 North Harbour Club – The Club NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AIMES AWARD WINNERS 2019 4 AIMES ARTS AWARD 2019: Andrew Coshan – Sponsored by ASB 6 AIMES INNOVATION AWARD 2019: Courtney Davies – Sponsored by Massey University 8 AIMES MUSIC AWARD 2019: Matthias Balzat – Sponsored by Yamaha Home Entertainment 10,12 AIMES EDUCATION AWARD 2019: Jack Alexander and Harry Alexander – Sponsored by Kristin School 14 AIMES SPORT AWARD 2019: Connor Bell – Sponsored by AUT Millennium 16 AIMES SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD 2019: Nancy Yuan – Sponsored by Albany Toyota 18 ROSS FINLAYSON AWARD 2019: Tayla Woolley 20 Remembering Ross Finlayson AIMES EMERGING TALENT AWARD WINNERS 2019 – Sponsored by Bellingham Wallace 22 Amelia Ullrich – ARTS 23 Tess Costil – ARTS 24 Tayla Alexander – MUSIC 25 Emilly Fan – EDUCATION 26 Kanah Andrews-Nahu – SPORT 27 Mae Everett – SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY JUNIOR EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS 2019 – Sponsored by Precise Homes 28 Lesina Eneleo – ARTS (JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD) 29 Lianne Kim – INNOVATION 30 Andre Smirnov – MUSIC 31 Nathan Jin – MUSIC 32 Liam Richards – SPORT 33 Daichi Iizuka – SPORT 34 Amy-Lee Pateman – SPORT 35 Zoe Ellis – SPORT 36 Benedict Thomas – SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY NORTH HARBOUR CLUB SPORT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2019 – Sponsored by Vantage Windows 38 Mikayla Smyth 39 Cameron McTaggart 40 Blake McGlashan & Sebastian Menzies 41 Taine Murray 42 AIMES Award Winners Since 1995




Clyde Colson

Lloyd Kirby

Peter Menzies

Nixon Cooper

Dave Lane

Richard Coote

Alan Le Noel

LIFE MEMBERS Joan Finlayson Peter & Michelle Wall Gary Monk HONORARY MEMBERS John Bishop Bob Jago Professor Ian Watson BOARD OF TRUSTEES Phil Brosnan (President) Tammy McLeod (Vice-President) Mike Atkinson John Cobb Shane Cortese Daryl Devereux Sue Kohn-Taylor Kevin McLean Tammy McLeod AMBASSADORS Cameron Calkoen Shane Cortese Ian Jones Peter Montgomery Rob Waddell MEMBERS Max Abbott Maurice Abraham Philip Adamson Chris Allen Claire Amos Tolla Baroutsos Vicki Barrie Maggie Barry Paul Bayer Matthew Bellingham Aidan Bennett Melinda Bennett John Berry Trish Blackmore Paul Blackwell Nicolette Bodewes Scott Browne Paul Brownsey Jonno Buckley Graeme Budler Sky Cai Ian Calderwood Angela Cameron


Steve Corbett

Bob Leveloff

Mike Cruickshank

Sir David Levene

Jan Dawson

Murray Lockwood

Tristan Dean

Kate Luxton

Nick Delamare

Andrew MacDonald

Tony Dench

Andrew MacKenzie

Glen Denham

Haydn MacKenzie

Stephen Dil

Chris Maclean

Dave Donaldson

David Macleod

Blake Douglas

Ron MacRae

Wade Downey

Lynda Mann

Terry Dunleavy

Janet Marshall

Eric Faesen Kloet

John Matthews

Simon Farland

Raewyn Matthys-Morris

David Ferguson

Steve McCracken

Dean Flyger

Paul McKinley

Fay Freeman

Forres McPheat

Greg Frittelli

Tracey Mehrtens

Don Galbraith

Ngaio Merrick

Patrick Gale

Lesley Monk

Colin Gibbons

Grant Murray

David Gibson

Karen Murrell

Bruce Spooner John Spooner Sue Stanaway Jeffrey Stangl Mike Stanley Jane Stanley David Stedman Hugh Stedman Sam Swann Irene Symes Jan Thomas James Thomas Andrew Thomson Ann Tod Bruce Tong Scott Travis Jonathan Tredray John Twomey Paul Vermaak Jacob Vermunt Craig Waller Jason Watson Allan Watts Carol White Logan Whitelaw

Zane Gifford

Murray Nancekivell

Chris Glackin

Geoff Nash

Bruno Goedeke

Tony Nicholson

John Gold

Mary Nixon

Craig Gregory

Blake Noble

Alan Wiltshire

Rod Grove

Ken Noble

Alister Wishart

Paul Gunn

Craig Offwood

Rob Gunston

Ann Old

Jane Guy

Jugdis Parbhu

Guy Haddleton

Sean Parsons

Kirk Hardy

Jeremy Parsons

Terence Harpur

Ken Paterson

Colin Harvey

Dr Frances Pitsilis

John Hastings

Richard Poole

CJ Healy

Bob Quaid

Daniel Henderson

Alex Reed

Graham Henderson

Chris Reeve

Nick Hern

Jackie Reeve

Brian Hight

Greg Remmington

Andrew Hill

Ralph Roberts

Nick Hill

Paul Rodgers

Gary Howarth

Nicola Russ

Lyle Irwin

Andy Ruzich

Dima Ivanov

Daniel Ryan

Mark Jago

Wendy Sandifer

Craig Jenkins

James Sclater

Chris Jones

Kate Shevland

Annette Kann

Gary Simpson

Nick Kearney

Mike Single

Andrew Kelleher

Rod Slater

Ben Kelsey

Bill Smale

Mark Whitford Lisa Whyte Mark Wilson

Alex Witten-Hannah Greg Young Jackie Young Ted Zorn NeXt MEMBERS Max Andrews Ashleigh Bennett Rod Brown Carl Cachopa Paige Devereux Ricky Faesen Kloet Piers Faulkner Mark Fisher Vanessa Graham Kim Jensen Alex Kuch Hamish Maude Jeff McGregor John Penberthy Cleo Shortland Hayden Smith Matt Smith Byran Theunisen Mieke van der Walle

Paul Cameron

Chris Kennings

Greg Smale

Matt Carnell

Winston Kidd

Nicola Smee

Jeff Vivian

Graham Collie

Darrel Kinghan

Bill Speedy

Becky West

THE CLUB The North Harbour Club was established on the 18th May, 1995. Originally, a group of North Shore business people met and established a constitution with the objectives below: 1.

To promote the North Harbour region.


For business establishments of the region to meet and network for the good of the region.

3. To form a Charitable Trust to raise funds and present scholarships to the youth of the North Harbour region through the annual AIMES Awards. To be eligible for an AIMES Award, recipients (aged between 10 & 13 for a Junior Excellence Award and 14 & 25 for an Emerging Talent or AIMES Award) must display excellence in the areas of the Arts; IT, Innovation; Music; Education; Sport and Service to the Community. Now in its 24th year, the North Harbour Club continues to be an association of North Harbour/North Shore leaders in local affairs, business, education, sport and social development. Members of the club, who are all residents or have their businesses on the North Shore and North Harbour region, have, among other stated aims, the desire to promote excellence by encouraging and providing financial assistance to the young people of the North Harbour region who have significant ability in their chosen field and display personal characteristics which make them worthy of our support. The annual AIMES Awards are the highest-profile initiative of the North Harbour Club, but the objectives are five-fold: 1.

To establish and maintain a club of non-political character for Members to meet through regular lunches and social activities.


To establish a Charitable Trust, known as The North Harbour Club Charitable Trust, to promote and develop local talent in the fields covered by the AIMES Awards.


To support cultural, sporting and recreational activities in the region.


To foster a spirit of pride in the region.


To foster a ‘good neighbour’ and ‘good citizen’ ethos in the region.

In October 2015, the North Harbour Club also assumed responsibility for the North Harbour Business Hall of Fame (previously Enterprise North Shore Business Hall of Fame). The 14 laureates already inducted were acknowledged and are now laureates under the new Hall of Fame. Established originally in 2004, it celebrates exemplary efforts in North Harbour business and the community and is part of the club’s ongoing programme of rewarding success. Visit: For further details contact: Gill Johnston, Events Manager; Phone 021 278 9915; Email Christie Parkin, Operations Manager; Phone: 021 277 0699; Email Catherine Lamb, Relationship Manager; Phone 021 953 022; Email




Andrew Coshan

ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER (25) For Andrew Coshan, winning the Arts AIMES award for 2019 is the cherry on top of a great year. The actor/singer/dancer – who has spent the past 12 months working nonstop in productions across Australia – has set his sights firmly on London’s West End. The former Takapuna Grammar student says his win will see the development, funding, production and touring of his cabaret, full of golden age musical material, tap dancing and political humour. The 25-year-old, who won the AIMES Bellingham Wallace Emerging Talent Award in 2016 which funded him through Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth, says this years win is yet another dream come true. “I’ve dreamt of coming back again as an AIMES winner,” Andrew says. “I’m a true believer in the arts. I know that a good piece of art has the ability to change a person and therefore change the world.

“I want to encourage the arts as much as I can in younger generations and so winning this award gives me the opportunity to inspire a passion for arts in other people that otherwise may not feel like they can be artists. “A big motivation in all my successes is that I know the more successful I become, the more weight I have when I tell a student that they can be an artist and make a living - and winning this award is a big step forward in that success.” Since graduating from WAAPA last year, Andrew has signed with RGM Artists and made his professional debut in an Australian Shakespeare Company production of the longest running play in Australia, ‘The Wind in the Willows’. He played Roldolpho in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From The Bridge’ to critical acclaim at the Melbourne Theatre Company, the largest theatre company in the Southern Hemisphere. He has also played a lead role in the workshop and world premiere of the new Australian musical ‘My Brilliant Career’, written by top Australian musical theatre writers Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank, and featured in The Production Company’s production of the Broadway musical ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at the State Theatre in Melbourne.

…I know the more successful I become, the more weight I have when I tell a student that they can be an artist and make a living… These follow leading roles in several productions last year: ‘John and Jen’; ‘The Lord of the Flies’; ‘Bloody Andrew Jackson’; and ‘In The Heights - Billy Bigelow in Carousel’ which earned Andrew the review “Coshan as the show lead Billy Bigelow was a pure wonder to behold. My prediction is that Andrew Coshan will get heavily compared to previous WAAPA graduate Hugh Jackman in the future, and rightly so, as both are tall, handsome and massively talented.” Andrew was also awarded WAAPA’s ‘2nd year Finley Award’ in 2017 by fellow students presented to the 2nd-year student who ‘creates the greatest sense of ensemble’, as well as the ‘3rd-year Finley Award’ in 2018 for the student who ‘took most advantage of the course’ which was voted by staff. Andrew is the only person ever to earn both WAAPA Music Theatre Finley Awards. As for the future, the workaholic says he’s as busy as ever. “There are many exciting projects that are currently in the works in Australia


which I have auditioned for,” he reveals, “a few of which I was specifically asked to audition for a leading role. “Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to discuss the specifics until they are officially announced by the company. This will keep me in Australia for the next few years working as a professional actor, singer and dancer. After this period, I plan to travel to London and audition for West End productions.” As you can see, Andrew Coshan is one busy individual. “I have no plans of slowing down,” he says emphatically. “Thank you again to the AIMES Awards judges for everything you’ve done.” Just as we were going to print with this AIMES Awards programme Andrew sent us this update… Since we’ve last spoken we have opened My Brilliant Career, but

the real news is that I’ve been cast in two more shows. Melbourne Shakespeare Company cast me in their Taming of the Shrew, and then just today Australia Shakespeare Company cast me in their Hamlet as Laertes. This is a much greater opportunity and therefore I’ve had to decline my position in Taming of the Shrew, but I will be performing in Hamlet this summer in Melbourne! Andrew is being flown back by Air New Zealand from Australia especially for the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner. Tonight, Andrew Coshan receives the AIMES Arts Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by ASB - including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Courtney Davies

MICROBIOLOGIST, AGRICULTURAL ENTHUSIAST, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR (23) Courtney Davies is passionate about bacteriophages...and rightly so. The young microbiologist, who attended Long Bay College, graduated this year with a Master of Natural Science degree from Massey University, earning Distinction for her thesis on isolating the protein that enables bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria), and bioengineering them into an antimicrobial tool. In other words, finding an additional barrier of defence to effectively help people such as healthcare workers who put themselves at risk to help others. “I’m personally really interested in bacteriophages because unlike antibiotics, bacteria don’t develop resistance to them as easily, meaning we are able to treat infections quickly, efficiently and environmentally friendly with little residue,” Courtney explains. “This is the type of research I am passionate about, when biological innovation is able to save lives, especially as we enter into a time where it is expected that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections will take more lives than cancer.” It’s been four years since Courtney isolated a novel bacteriophage virus from soil that had never been discovered before. Since winning the AIMES Emerging Talent Award in 2017, she has worked with Fonterra producing ground-breaking research into isolating viruses from unpasteurised milk, and is currently collaborating with the Massey University Marine Ecology department on a marine genetics project using environmental DNA barcoding to detect the presence of the rare toheroa mollusc along New Zealand beaches. “With just a handful of sand, we are able to detect the presence of this rare mollusc, almost driven to extinction throughout the 1950s due to over-harvesting and the establishments of canneries along the coastline,” she says. “eDNA is becoming a popular tool for species identification and conservation, so it is especially important to utilise this science within New Zealand.” Courtney – a gifted hockey player – has been involved in the Metagenomics Day outreach programmes across North Shore secondary schools and served for three years as a laboratory demonstrator for undergraduate cell biology, plant biology and biochemistry papers. Other accolades include the Massey University Albany Vice Chancellor's Natural Sciences Excellence Award and the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever Academic Scholarship and her work for the university at Fieldays in 2016, 2017 and 2018 fitted her passion for agriculture, having established her own breeding stud of purebred Ayrshire dairy cattle in 2011.


With communication at top of mind, Courtney won the 2017 Massey University and Inter-University National Masters 3-Minute Thesis competition and is a member of Toastmasters International. Her passion for educating youth has culminated in a fulltime environmental educator position for Blake NZ, reaching more than 25,000 students and community members to foster the relationship between marine landscapes and terrestrial ecosystems using virtual reality across Auckland, Northland and the Waikato. Last year, Courtney was appointed as the New Zealand Royal Agricultural Society Rural Ambassador and has travelled more than 11,000km in the name of agriculture, supporting the next generation. She has been elected onto the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) executive committee - the youngest person ever – and is involved with many agricultural organisations, science and education organisations. She’s also been on the move. Last year, Courtney was one of just 15 students globally to attend a Red Sea Summer Programme in Saudi Arabia, and will in November be the New Zealand delegate to the Bayer Youth Ag Summit held in Brazil to find solutions towards feeding a hungry planet over the next few years. “Being recognised as someone who can help make that change is rewarding,” she says. “I will be presenting one of my ideas on how to feed our hungry planet by using virtual reality technology to educate the wider communities around us about the benefit of agriculture and how

food makes its way to the supermarket. By showing people the grassroots of agriculture, I hope to inspire them to get involved and to see that agriculture is more than just milking a cow…it involves science, technology, business, accounting and so much more.” Beyond the classroom, Courtney says her aspirations revolve around speaking and presenting her research around the world – something she will use her AIMES funding for. While working fulltime, she’ll be going back to Massey to enrol in several post-graduate business papers and investing in Harvard’s general courses on related subjects. In January 2020, Australia is hosting the inaugural Agricultural Shows of Australia Next Generation Conference, and Courtney will use her AIMES funding to attend. “It is a phenomenal achievement to receive the 2019 AIMES Innovation award,” she says. “To have the backing and support from the North Harbour Club encourages me to keep going out and striving for excellence in the community, not only for me, but for the positive outcome it can have to further support young people in the projects I am associated with.” Courtney Davies receives the AIMES Innovation Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Massey University – including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.





Matthias Balzat

MUSICIAN – CELLOIST (20) To adequately describe the meteoric musical career of Matthias Balzat, you would need a novel. The youngest of seven children, New Zealand’s leading celloist was home-schooled by his pianoteacher mum Vivian (Dairy Flat) and played instrumental folk music with his family during his early years, finishing secondary education at 13 and attending university a year later. Matthias was three when he started formal lessons on the cello and, buoyed by the family’s competitive spirit and determination, has striven for excellence since. Blessed with wonderful teachers who nurtured his ability and fostered rapid development as well as opportunities to refine his performance, he won an AIMES Emerging Talent Award last year. However, the accolades began far earlier, with Matthias collecting his first music prize at the age of nine and offered a soloist spot in an Australian showcase concert at 10. By 12, he’d topped the Trinity College of London cello diploma with the highest mark in New Zealand, as well as gaining University Entrance and his AS Level Cambridge Exams at 14, again with record-breaking marks in music and art design, which gave him entrance admission into the University of Waikato. Coming top in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition and the National Concerto Competition saw Matthias invited into the Soloist Specialisation degree in Cello Performance, reserved for exceptionally talented music students who have the potential to become successful international soloists. This meant leaving home at a very young age, but he managed to place on the Dean’s List of Excellence for every year of his studies, and won several major awards including the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Gold Medal in 2018. In 2017 Matthias became the only person to win the National Concerto Competition twice, and was also part of a winning chamber music group that won the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition. With the prize, a five-week performance tour throughout the UK, he played at St James Theatre, Piccadilly, St Martin-in-theFields and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. On completion of his Honours degree, Matthias was invited to attend the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf, and in just two months completed a prerequisite B2 Certificate in German. One week into his first semester in April 2019, he entered the SieghardtRometsch Concerto Competition in Dusseldorf and - out of around 50 instrumentalists - won first prize. This opened the door for solo performances with several orchestras throughout Germany this year. Currently living in Dusseldorf to complete his Masters, Matthias is still extremely busy. A highlight this year has been performing the world premiere of a cello concerto written especially for him by Chinese


composer Xu Tang, and in December he will perform as soloist with the Robert Schumann Hochschule Orchestra in Germany. Longer-term goals are to enter the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow) and the International Queen Elizabeth Competition (Belgium), both of which are held every four years. Life as a studying musician isn’t easy financially, and Matthias – who has to pay for a second plane seat for his valuable cello to insure its safety - has high living costs and travel expenses, which will only increase as he continues to participate in international competitions that open up further opportunities for career development. He will be using his AIMES funding to help with these expenses. Matthias Balzat receives the AIMES Music Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Yamaha Home Entertainment – including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.





Jack Alexander

LAWYER AND RESEARCHER (25) When Jack Alexander finishes his planned Master of Laws study in the UK, he’s pledging to come back to the North Shore – where it all began – and make a difference for the community. That ethic, he says, stems from inspirational teachers at Coatesville Primary and Albany Junior High, who successfully instilled an interest in learning and an understanding of the importance of giving back. The Coatesville 25-year-old has tutored a number of papers at university and enjoys watching younger students learn. He has volunteered with the University’s Equal Justice Project, an organisation that assists lawyers providing pro bono legal services to the wider Auckland community, managing it for two years. “I also enjoy assisting younger students who are starting out in their careers,” he says. “I am currently employed as a graduate teaching assistant by the University of Auckland, and have previously been employed as a professional teaching fellow by the Victoria University of Wellington.”

Jack has published eight peerreviewed papers across a wide range of topics, and published in New Zealand-based journals including the New Zealand Law Journal… It was clerking for Judges of the Court of Appeal as a top graduate after his first and second degrees that reinforced Jack’s mindset and an abiding interest in litigation and dispute resolution. “Working as a Judge’s Clerk was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, where I sat in on court, provided research assistance for the judges, and was responsible for delivering judgments. This has fostered what I hope will be a life-long interest in courtroom advocacy,” he says. Jack completed an LLB(Hons)/BA (majoring in history) and received a number of academic accolades including ‘first-in-course' awards in five subjects (insurance law, personal property, restitution,

advanced tax and public law), a Dean’s Academic Excellence Award and Senior Scholarship Award in Law. He then completed an LLB(Hons)/BA at the University of Auckland in 2017, where he once again received a number of academic awards, including a Senior Scholarship Award in Law as one of the top graduating students in his year. These days, Jack balances research and teaching interests with fulltime employment at Gilbert/Walker, a boutique litigation firm in Auckland. Responsible for assisting clients resolve complex commercial disputes, he’s been fortunate to work on some of the largest disputes in New Zealand. However, Jack says one of the benefits of working for a boutique firm is the opportunity to work for smaller corporations and individuals. His first solo court appearance was representing a North Shore based company facing a WorkSafe investigation. The keen runner – who completed the Coatesville Half Marathon - remains passionate about assisting clients resolve disputes as efficiently and effectively as possible. His passion for education has also led to an interest in research. Jack has published eight peer-reviewed papers across a wide range of topics, and published in New Zealand-based journals including the New Zealand Law Journal, the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, Victoria University of Wellington Law Review and the Auckland University Law Review…and some have been cited by the High Court of New Zealand. In the last year, he has also published work in a number of prestigious United Kingdom-based journals, including the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. Jack will use his AIMES funding to further develop personally and professionally by undertaking a $70,000 LLM (Masters of Laws) in the United Kingdom. “I have been saving and working towards an LLM since I finished studying at the University of Auckland, and an AIMES award is an invaluable step towards achieving this goal. Jack Alexander receives the AIMES Education Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Kristin School – including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Harry Alexander


Harry Alexander has his goals in a spreadsheet. Next year the 25-year-old Auckland Hospital junior doctor will complete his Post-Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy at Otago University; then finish his junior doctor service at North Shore Hospital; then successfully apply for a training position with the Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists up until around 2028. His longterm goal? To live on the North Shore and work as an interventional radiologist, responsible for interpreting CT, MRI and ultrasound scans. Look further down on the list, and you’ll see even more aspirations. In 2029, Harry is planning to complete Interventional Radiology fellowship training in London’s St Mary’s Hospital. This two-year programme will allow him to develop technical skills in body and vascular intervention, building on his Diagnostic Radiology skills. An Advanced Interventional Radiology suite was opened at North Shore Hospital six years ago, and Harry says it would be a privilege to bring back skills from the United Kingdom and work there in the future. On top of that, Harry is aiming to continue his research interests with PhD study, hopefully split between the University of Auckland and Imperial College. His project will aim to develop a surgical safety checklist for use in Interventional Radiology, with the hope that it will improve outcomes for this rapidly growing field. Harry’s medical training was completed at the University of Auckland with the help of several scholarships and academic awards, and last year he graduated as a Senior Scholar. He attended Coatesville Primary and Albany Junior High (as a foundation student), then ACG Senior College where he was awarded ‘top of the world’ for Year 11 Geography and second overall in the Cambridge International exams. In Year 13, he gained an NZQA Outstanding Scholar award, given to the top 50 New Zealand high school graduates.


Harry’s first clinical placement was at North Shore Hospital, and he achieved an overall Distinction grade during years four and five of his medical training, based at Middlemore and Waikato Hospitals. In 2017, he paused his clinical training to complete an Honours year in Medical Science, along with working as an anatomy tutor. His thesis was entitled ‘Measurement and Reporting of Surgical Outcomes’, and led to two peer-reviewed publications in international journals. He is currently working on publishing two more studies from his Honours year, examining a novel outcome measure called ‘Days Alive and Out of Hospital’ and its application to surgical procedures in New Zealand. Returning to clinical studies, Harry completed his Trainee Intern year at Auckland City Hospital and achieved Distinctions in all attachments (psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, medical elective, general medicine, general surgery and general practice). He received a Senior Scholar award from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, earmarked for candidates graduating with the highest grade point average. Last year Harry spent three months working in the Interventional Radiology department at St Mary’s Hospital in London. “During this time, I observed many cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures,” he explains. “This experience inspired me to pursue a career in Interventional Radiology. I successfully completed Imperial College courses in peripheral arterial disease and endovascular aneurysm repair. Research during my time in London focused on the imaging and management of portal vein thrombosis in patients with liver disease. I will present this work at the British Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting later this year. I am also hoping to publish this work in the British Journal of Radiology next year.” Alongside research, he is passionate about his clinical work as a junior doctor at Auckland City Hospital. “I have completed threemonth attachments in General Surgery, General Medicine and Orthopaedics,” he says. “I particularly enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team, and the mixture of inter-personal and procedural skills required. My work also allows me the opportunity to teach younger medical students clinical skills.”

Harry will use his AIMES funding for ongoing research publication costs and future post-graduate education (anatomy diploma, PhD study and textbooks for radiology training). Harry Alexander receives the AIMES Education Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Kristin School – including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Connor Bell

DISCUS THROWER (18) There’s only one thing on Connor Bell’s mind, throwing a 2kg discus more than 75 metres. It’s not ‘pie in the sky’ thinking. For the Kaukapakapa 18-year-old, years of dedication and training have seen him clinch the 2018 Youth Olympics gold medal (and a new Olympic record) by a whopping 18 metres, and being named on the ‘long list’ for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is one massive step in the right direction. Connor, who has just completed Year 13 at Westlake Boys High School, knows that 75m is unchartered territory. The furthest throw of all time is 74.08m by an east German thrower in 1986, but the Westlake Boys’ deputy head boy, sports captain and athletics captain is determined to be New Zealand’s next great athletics sports hero. “With this AIMES award comes a lot of assistance for me to get the right opportunities with both domestic and international competition so I'm best prepared for the 2020 season and beyond,” Connor says.


“This not only recognises the hard work I’ve put into my training and the results I’ve achieved, but it also recognises the support and assistance I've had from all those who have helped me on my journey.” Connor is the current New Zealand Track and Field Championships Under 20 Men’s discus champion and a member of the HighPerformance NZ squad with performance potential. He holds the New Zealand record for the men’s discus in the U20, U19, U18 and U17 categories, and has been secondary school discus champion since first attending. He also holds the Secondary Schools national record for senior and junior boys’ discus and has thrown the world U20 discus record of 70.13 metres. Last year he was crowned U18 men’s discus champion at the Melanesian Games and holds the world U20 discus record of 70.13 metres. This has led to financial assistance from an AUT Millennium Scholarship and North Harbour Sport Hand Up grant, among others.

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Hoping to start a Bachelor of Business at AUT next year, Connor says most of his travelling for training and competitions is self-funded, and his family support has been great so far. However, international events are his key to achieve the goals he’s set for himself, and since being named on the Olympic Games ‘long list’ has seen him training towards throwing the qualifying distance. On the horizon are some major goals: an U20 gold medal at the 2020 IAAF World Junior Championships; attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; the 2021 and 2023 World University Games; and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. All this experience, Connor hopes, will see him on the podium receiving a medal at the 2024 Paris OIympics. Connor thanks the AIMES judges for funding to help him with costs including equipment, training, overseas camps, travel and accommodation. Connor Bell receives the AIMES Sport Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by AUT Millennium – including a grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Nancy Yuan

HUMANITARIAN AND SPORTS STAR (23) Nancy Yuan was heartbroken when she heard the news about the Christchurch mosque attacks. Finding out many victims came from migrant and refugee backgrounds hit close to home, she says, because it is a community she works with and knows well. Following the Christchurch shootings, the Browns Bay resident co-ordinated and provided direct support to the Christchurch Victim’s Organising Committee through establishing a data set, preparing the data for processing and identifying key findings. Her data analysis work found actionable insights that informed decision-making for those recently bereaved and injured victims with home visiting to offer food and supplies, organising accommodation, and navigating between service providers and victims. “The devastating irony of this tragedy is that many victims had sought refuge in New Zealand from violence and discrimination, yet here their lives were taken away senselessly,” Nancy says. “For many years, my calling has been to create better conditions for refugees seeking to improve their livelihoods. Migration is deeply personal to me as a first-generation New Zealander who settled in North Harbour, and I have been nurtured in so many ways by the opportunities here that have shaped me.” Since applying for an AIMES award, Nancy has been busy. She has moved through to the final stage for a Rhodes Scholarship, selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel and Palestine next month to understand better the conflict between the two countries, and will attend the International Youth Climate Movement conference at the United Nations. She tags Sherwood Primary in Browns Bay as the start of her interest in issues for the community. At Northcross Intermediate, she learnt about human rights and the United Nations, before carrying her interest in human mobility to the United States where she studied political science and peace & conflict studies at Swarthmore College. She took this passion to Oxford University as an exchange student this year, exploring topics ranging from social policy to moral philosophy. She also played in the Oxford Women’s cricket team, represented New Zealand as a goalie for the U19 Lacrosse team, and ran the London Marathon despite her flat feet! “The AIMES Award aligns with my ethos of striving for success in all aspects of my life, be it academic, leadership or sporting pursuits,”


Nancy says. “The same part of me that finds mental stimulation in finding solutions to the moral conundrums in international development is also drawn to physical challenges that test my resilience.” Right now, she says, New Zealand must address the perfect storm of two challenging global and local issues – the world’s refugee crisis and building social capital and integrating newcomers. Christchurch’s xenophobic attack highlights the need to break down silos in society, and community-based refugee sponsorship will allow communities to pool resources and ease the resettlement of refugees. Nancy has enjoyed roles as Oxfam NZ’s climate migration intern, Pacific regional representative for humanitarian affairs for the United Nations and Oxford Society for International Development events director. She has also designed and implemented a US$10,000 community service project centred around the creation of the Refugee Sponsor Hub, which the Government is considering for New Zealand. Nancy will return to Oxford with the help of the AIMES funding to complete an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, followed by a Master of Public Policy. She is then planning to launch a career in public service with the Red Cross, and then aim for her goal of achieving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “Just as how my upbringing, classes, summer and work experiences have all shaped me into the person I am today, the next formative journey I am ready to embark on is devoting myself to community service, and I have a deep desire to create change and improve the integration of New Zealand society, so I truly treat this as not only an opportunity, but a formative pilgrimage that can provide me with the means to collaborate and innovate with, and for, our community. “I hope to bring the ‘good neighbour’ and ‘good citizen’ ethos that I have been fortunate to experience in the North Harbour Region to the greater national and global community through my service.” Nancy is being flown back by Air New Zealand from America especially for the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner. Nancy Yuan receives the AIMES Service to the Community Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Albany Toyota – including a cash grant of $15,000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.

At Northcross Intermediate, she learnt about human rights and the United Nations, before carrying her interest in human mobility to the United States where she studied political science and peace & conflict studies at Swarthmore College.




Tayla Woolley


One day Tayla Woolley hopes to be an MP serving her community and working towards ensuring her country has a bright future. As this year’s inaugural winner of the Ross Finlayson Award for future exceptional leadership, she is well on her way. Tayla (17) has just completed Year 13 at Westlake Girls High School (Excellence Endorsed) and is planning to study law and politics next year at Victoria University of Wellington. The Albany student has had a unique insight into the political sector as the North Shore Youth MP for 2019, working alongside North Shore MP Maggie Barry and attending Youth Parliament 2019 to interact with like-minded young people representing their communities in debating issues faced by current and future generations. “During my Youth Parliament experience, I was elected to be the chairperson for the Social Services and Community Select Committee by my Fellow Youth MPs,” she says. “I was selected as an HP Ambassador for 2019, allowing me to gain insight into business


operations and their work with the community. “I have been a fundraiser for Cure Kids New Zealand and am proud to be part of the organising committee for the Auckland Schools Strike For Climate, as well as having attended several United Nations (UN) youth events including the NZ Model United Nations, NZ Model Parliament and Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2019. “The endless opportunities I have been lucky enough to be a part of have helped me to discover my passions and what I believe is my purpose in this world.” Tayla is leader of the GirlBoss Committee at Westlake Girls, which inspires young women to pursue careers in leadership roles. Within her school, she is a member of Amnesty International and the Philosophy Club, and serves as an academic tutor for the junior school. She is a Student Council representative, was part of the Social Science exchange to Vietnam last year, served on the Westlake Girls Sports and WellBeing committee, and attended the University

of Canterbury Women in Leadership Conference earlier this year. She counts as a highlight her Youth MP role enabling her to work alongside the Electoral Commission to run an event for Year 13 to encourage discussion and enrolling to vote. Tayla won the Massey University Financial Capability Competition in 2017 and also clinched the Auckland University ADVISE (social innovation) high school business competition earlier this year. She is currently working towards achieving the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and has volunteered for the open evenings for Westlake Girls High School in 2018 and 2019. She is looking forward to taking part in her Outward Bound New Zealand experience. “I have been wanting to attend this course for self development and growth while being able to push myself outside of my comfort zone,” she says. “Having the honour of receiving the 2019 AIMES Ross Finlayson Award is such a humbling and inspiring part of my personal journey so far. I believe that receiving this award will not only allow me to

pursue my aspirations related to international relations and politics, but also continue to give back to those throughout the North Shore and New Zealand, where I have grown up and will always be proud to call home. “I am constantly inspired by so many young people around me and feel very fortunate to be recognised amongst other young people from the North Shore who are role models to others around them. Through the AIMES Award and the North Harbour Club, I know I am capable and even more empowered to continue to connect with and inspire the next generation of leaders and decision makers in our country, to engage with politics and speak up about issues we care about, as well as understand the power our voices can have in creating positive change.” TAYLA WOOLLEY RECEIVES THE INAUGURAL ROSS FINLAYSON PRIZE FROM THE NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AND WILL ATTEND AN OUTWARD BOUND COURSE IN DECEMBER 2020.




During 2019 the North Harbour Club has introduced the Ross Finlayson Award. Ross Finlayson was founding President and very much the driving force of the club right through until his sudden passing in 2009. A decade on, the club honours the legacy of Ross with this award in his name. This special award will be presented annually to a talented young person highlighted by the AIMES Awards judging panel. The recipient will have strong leadership qualities and would benefit from participating in an Outward Bound course. We hope that this is a fitting tribute for Ross, and that future generations will continue to witness the contribution and the legacy Ross brought to this community. The inaugural award is being presented by Joan Finlayson at the 2019 AIMES Awards Gala Dinner. Past President Aidan Bennett worked closely with Ross for many years and looked upon Ross as a mentor over a decade or more. He provided this article on Ross for this programme, with information taken from the book on the club he co-wrote with Ian Watson in 2015 – The First Twenty Years Of Excellence.

Joan and Ross Finlayson at home in Shakespeare Road, Milford, 2005.

Remembering Ross Finlayson

Early documentation ascribes the formation of the North Harbour Club to a conversation between Ross Finlayson and John Bishop in May 1995. At the time, John Bishop was Business Banking Manager of the ASB North Harbour Regional Centre, and Ross Finlayson was the Campaign Manager for the funding of the new North Harbour Stadium. The Stadium was close to completion and North Harbour Rugby was a decade old and looking for a new home. A committee was set up, and by 1995, it had raised sufficient funds to build and almost complete the North Harbour Stadium. The decade, 1985 to 1995, was also the time where there was considerable expansion


of business on the North Shore. The expansion coincided with the amalgamation of North Shore City, a place with a population of 250,000, making it the fourth largest city in New Zealand. Ross Finlayson and John Bishop believed the time had come for the North Shore to shed its apron strings to its paternalistic Auckland neighbour, and develop its own identity. It was on this belief that the North Harbour Club was formed in August 1995. Ross Finlayson was elected the inaugural President. Ross Finlayson was the ideal person to be the foundation President of the North Harbour Club. Born and bred on the North Shore, he

Ross Finlayson with 2002 AIMES Supreme Award Winner Terenzo Bozzone.

Ross Finlayson and AIMES Award Winner Cam Calkoen.

Takapuna Grammar principal Simon Lamb (left) and Ross Finlayson with the statue of Sir Peter Blake that was presented to the school by the North Harbour Club in 2007. Sir Peter Blake attended the school and was the founding patron of the North Harbour Club. The club purchased two of the small statues. The second statue is the trophy presented each year to the AIMES Supreme Award winner.

went to Takapuna Grammar and was well connected to the movers and shakers on the Shore, was a passionate advocate for its wellbeing, and had been involved in many projects for this region. The same could be said for his wife Joan, both of whom had been recognised for their public service by Rotary through the award of a Paul Harris Fellow. They were a formidable partnership in those early years, with Ross being prepared to roll his sleeves up and to use his powers of persuasion to energise club members to do likewise. In many ways the club in the early years was the Finlayson’s, as we documented in the book we produced celebrating 20 years in 2015. Ross and Joan were made life members of the club in 2005. Joan Finlayson had this to say in 2015 about the formation of the club. “There was a desire to get leaders together for the good of the region and certainly for the good of their project at the time – the new

… he went to Takapuna Grammar and was well connected to the movers and shakers on the Shore…

North Harbour Stadium. Then it just got legs from there… from the first function on, the club became Ross’s life. He loved it. As everyone knows, he was a very social person and his involvement as the inaugural president of the North Harbour Club fitted him like a glove.” Joan says that Ross would have loved the fact that previous winners are now back involved with the club. “It is really important that the AIMES Awards are not perceived as being just for rich kids. They aren’t and they have been responsible for giving a ‘leg up’ to exceptional youngsters from all walks of life over the two decades. I know that was what Ross wanted and that must continue.” As is detailed in this programme the inaugural Ross Finlayson Award for 2019 is being presented to Tayla Woolley of Westlake Girls High School.




Amelia Ullrich


Dance, says Amelia Ullrich, is an expression of who she is. The Rangitoto College student (14) says it gives her strength and confidence, and builds resilience in a very tough dance industry. “The foundation of my dance is expression of self, being respectful to others and striving to meet my goals,” she says, adding that she’s been dancing competitively since the age of eight and currently trains up to seven days a week. At a recent New Zealand Dance Awards, Amelia was placed first in all her solo performances for lyrical, jazz, contemporary and jazz impromptu, achieving four scores of 100 from an impressive line-up of Australian and New Zealand judges. She went on to win the scholarship for the highest overall score in her age group across all genres, and was selected for the New Zealand team which danced in Portugal in June against 6,000 dancers from 53 countries. “Having the opportunity to travel internationally to Portugal to represent New Zealand gave me the ability to meet and learn from so many amazing dancers, teachers and choreographers, and attend several masterclass workshops,” she says. Amongst Amelia’s range of successes is the highest score across Australasia for her Lucidity contemporary exam and 100% for her NZAMD exam, Showcase 2018 Regionals Elite Title winner, StarPower USA highest score solo, best chorography and title winner. She


has received a scholarship to the USA, performed in Christmas in the Park and is currently the holder of more than 20 trophies for various local dance competitions. In the future, Amelia says becoming a recognised expert professional dancer and choreographer is her dream. She’d like to develop her choreography, building on her own New Zealand style by bringing in elements from Europe and the USA. “In such a pool of wonderful talent, I am delighted to have been chosen for the Emerging Talent Arts Award,” she says. “It reaffirms that hard work and determination to strive for your goals can bring great reward. The grant will allow me to attend world-class dance competitions and master classes where I can continue to advance my dance repertoire and technique. This will aid my future aspirations.” Amelia will use the funding to study and train with local dance studios; attend an international workshop and work with professional choreographers; and apply to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York 2020 or similar European programme. Amelia Ullrich receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.



Tess Costil


Tess Costil is one of those people with so many achievements that’s it’s hard to pick one defining moment. However, if she’s pushed, the Birkenhead 21-year-old says it would probably be winning an international design competition based in England and supported by the Sir Winston Churchill Foundation. Pitching her designs to the panel of judges that included Churchill’s great grandchildren was an honour she will never forget. The prize included an internship as a junior designer in the creative agency of London-based Pentland Brands to create a Churchillinspired box for a Pol Rogers champagne bottle to be distributed across the globe. Tess was recently honoured at The International Churchill Society’s – Young Churchillians Dinner hosted by Randolph Churchill for her Pol Roger Bruit Reserve champagne box design inspired by one of Churchill’s paintings. As an artist, designer and youth mentor, Tess completed her Bachelor of Design from AUT and says her work uses multi-media to bridge the gap between the pretty and the powerful. She melds together fashion, illustration and photography digitally to create intricate prints characterised by bold colours and energetic compositions, almost always with a deeper meaning that is thought-provoking. “My art touches on the world of surrealism, forging an interplay between dreams and reality.” Earlier this year, Tess exhibited 11 works at the Pullman fivestar hotel in Auckland. She took part in the premier showcase of contemporary art from the Pacific Rim Auckland Art Fair; accepted into an AUT international exchange programme and awarded a scholarship to fund an eight-month solo trip to Europe (including a semester at Koln International School of Design in

Germany); interned at Mokum Textiles in Sydney last year. This year Tess has worked with the creative director of a very wellknown New Zealand brand to produce series of artworks; and has worked with companies such as Quantum Courage and STORM. As youth mentor, ambassador and creative director of The Heartspeak Collective – which is the core programme of the Bridge the Gap Project Charitable Trust – Tess is able to assist with workshops, mentoring, events and fashion/art to inspire, reach and teach people to open up dialogue for more compassion, acceptance and understanding of others. Her work includes upcycling pre-loved clothing, tea-towels, cushions and frames to create bespoke heart art. “I’m passionate about hands-on ways to help others willing to help themselves,” she says. “I work closely with young people from all walks of life with a focus on at-risk, vulnerable, ex/incarcerated young men and women on probation. Using the arts to help young people who have not had the same love, support and experience I’ve had is something I find exciting about being involved in the creative industry,” Tess says. Her funding will be used to produce art on a larger and more international scale, giving her financial freedom to be more experimental and to provide more time to work with Heartspeak. “It’s an honour to have been awarded a 2019 AIMES Emerging Talent Award. I’m grateful for the support the North Harbour community has given me and am looking forward to creating more art. I’m excited to share my work on a larger scale and bring more of my aspirations to life.” Tess is being flown back by Air New Zealand from Australia especially for the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner. Tess Costil receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Tayla Alexander


Mother’s Day next year is looking to be monumental for singer Tayla Alexander. The former Long Bay College student will be using her AIMES funding to help launch a new collaboration called Bellissima! with the Auckland Youth Orchestra, starting with the release of an album of classical music favourites and touring the country before heading over to Europe. It’s been all upwards for Tayla, who was awarded the $30,000 Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship from Waikato University where she studies classical voice this year. Known as the ‘Kiwi Songbird’, her crystal-clear high notes caught the ear of an independent music label when she was just 11 and, since then, the young soprano has performed in concert halls with national orchestras. Tayla has performed live on television, sung to crowds of more than 200,000 at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park and launched her top ten debut album, making her the youngest Kiwi to appear on the music charts. She was selected as the youngest soprano to achieve a full scholarship with the Auckland Opera Studio with renowned singing teacher Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald (ONZM). She also receives coaching from Dame Malvina Major. Since winning the AIMES Special Judges Award in 2014, Tayla


has worked with respected International music producers and released her songs globally through iTunes and other digital music stores. Today most of her YouTube videos achieve more than 120,000 views, and her release of Wuthering Heights has reached more than one million views over the past year. Tayla was recently chosen to record a song written especially for her by an American composer and producer from Disney. She says she is ready to take on the world with her YouTube channel, nearly 1500 subscribers and approaching 40,000 fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Her music is sold in more than 15 countries, including Mexico, Sweden, China and the US. She has sung in China for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (in Chinese) and the Baroque Concert Series with the Auckland Youth Orchestra. She passed all her NCEA courses with excellence endorsement, and twice won the Bryce Colthart Trophy for most promising junior musician. Tayla Alexander receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.



Emilly Fan

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (19) Since the age of 12, former Takapuna Grammar student Emilly Fan has religiously read the annual AIMES magazine and dreamt of her name being in it. “To receive an Emerging Talent award at the age of 19 truly feels like coming full-circle,” she says. “This award is not only a generous contribution towards furthering my education, but also a heart-warming reminder of the supportive community back home as I pursue my passions on the world stage.” Born and raised in Takapuna, Emilly has just finished her first year at Harvard University, studying environmental science and public policy. Last semester, she was elected onto the executive board of the Harvard Undergraduate Clean Energy Group, and has continued her love for volunteering by supporting children whose parents have been affected by cancer and teaching disadvantaged migrant children in Beijing. Emilly is one of the 4.6% of the 42,749 applicants accepted for Harvard last year, and also had an offer from Stanford as well. Academically, she gained NCEA excellence in Levels 1, 2 and 3 and, as a Year 12 student, she received a scholarship for Media Studies, which she self-studied, and was one of the top 19 students in geography. Outside of NCEA, she won the IKA Creative Writing Prize and was a national finalist of the Reserve Bank of NZ Monetary Policy Challenge, having only studied economics for a year. To get into Harvard, Emilly’s application was long and arduous, taking into account her class rank, academic transcript, awards,

SATs (which she was placed in the 99th percentile worldwide), extracurricular involvement and recognition, and leadership, as well as three letters of recommendation and various supplementary essays. Studying at Harvard as an international student costs US$50,000 each year. At Harvard, Emilly has worked with the China Forum’s student-run conference; head of the Extracurricular Programming committee for the Harvard College Association for US-China Relations; analyst for the Harvard Undergraduate Consulting on Business and the Environment group; and she has interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing. As well as being crowned the NZ Young Plant Conservationist of the Year in 2017, she came third in the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition and received the Lester B Pearson Scholarship to attend Toronto University as one of 37 outstanding students from around the world. She was also awarded the University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship and the Otago University Academic Excellence Scholarship. Her future plans include utilising her unique NZ perspective, her Chinese heritage and her US study experiences to work in the field of sustainable development in the environmental sector. Emilly Fan receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Kanah Andrews-Nahu


Kanah Andrews-Nahu has proudly represented New Zealand as a competitive weightlifter since the age of 13 at events such as the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships in Fiji where she won this country’s first ever gold medal at a world weightlifting event of its kind. That’s why it was a privilege for the AUT North Shore health science student to bear the flag for New Zealand at the 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Argentina. The Tokyo Olympics are her next achievement, and Kanah who is currently ranked within the top tier of lifters both nationally and internationally - is confident she will be selected. She holds an impressive 140+ New Zealand Olympic weightlifting records in the Youth, Junior & Senior divisions, as well as several Oceania and Commonwealth weightlifting records. At present, Kanah is first in the Junior 76kg weight class; the Junior 81kg; the Senior 76kg; the Senior 81kg Oceania; the Junior 75kg; and the Senior 75kg. She studies part-time and trains full-time in Albany, and says being involved in a self-funded sport makes important trips overseas to compete very difficult to achieve. Travel and competition costs, travel insurance, food, uniform, physiotherapy and osteopathy sessions, plus nutrition consultations and travelling around the North Shore daily are all financial battles for Kanah. “I am a fulltime student and a competitive athlete who trains five days a week, some of which are double day trainings, so I do not have the time to work,” she explains. “I rely heavily on any scholarship opportunities, which thankfully have greatly reduced the costs for my parents and alleviated the financial pressures that come with


I feel that my accomplishments, dedication and commitment to my sport and representing New Zealand on the international platform have given me the passion and drive to be a positive leader, athlete and role model… competing overseas. “I feel that my accomplishments, dedication and commitment to my sport and representing New Zealand on the international platform have given me the passion and drive to be a positive leader, athlete and role model in my chosen sport, especially for the younger generation of Olympic weightlifters coming through the ranks.” Kanah’s longterm goal is to represent New Zealand at the 2020 Olympic Games, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond. Kanah Andrews-Nahu receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.



Mae Everett

COMMUNITY CHAMPION (19) Mae Everett admits she felt “pure joy and pride” on hearing the news of her Emerging Talent Award. “I am very grateful to have been offered this award,” the 19-year-old says. “My goal from the very beginning of this journey was to help improve my community, and this award has provided me with the opportunity to bring about a more impactful change.” The financial aid will see Mae move closer to her goal of gaining her Masters and writing a thesis on community improvement that will enable leaders to apply first-hand knowledge to their own community work. “This award has propelled a change that will benefit the future wellbeing of our community,” Mae promises. Since the age of 14, Mae has dedicated much of her time to volunteer work, based on the premise that communities are connected. Service is not a means for personal gain, she says, and compassion is the root of a community that people nourish. Her service includes working alongside the Takapuna North Community Trust, the Takapuna Devonport Local Youth Board and Shore Junction, where she is a youth adviser. Over the past five years, she has spent a minimum of 250 hours volunteering. Mae is especially proud of her work with the Intergenerational Dialogue (2016/17) event that helped bridge gaps and build connections between people of all diversities. She also assisted ‘Charlie’s Playdate’, a crucial community event organised in the wake of a young disabled boy being asked to leave a Takapuna playground for appearing ‘scary’ to other children. “Through this event we encouraged values of inclusiveness, acceptance and compassion; the roots of our diverse nation, to offer back Charlie and his family their branch of moral and emotional support,” Mae says. While participating in the Takapuna Devonport Local Youth Board, Mae assisted with organised events such as the ‘Local Candidate Debate’ (2016), which saw an incredible turnout and helped educate young people in government processes; as well as gaining the opinions

of hundreds on the matter of the Anzac Street carpark replacement to decipher whether the needs and wants of the community were being met and their voices heard. “We reported back to the Takapuna Devonport Local Board on the progress of our Youth Board and the changes the community required to ensure these voices were heard. Our promotion of this dispute and our active engagement with young people assisted in building groundswell and led to nearly 8,000 locals signing the petition to reconsider its replacement,” Mae says. At Shore Junction - a multi-million-dollar innovation to push young people to pursue their passions and to improve their quality of education – Mae is the youth adviser who co-designed their floorplans, facilitated design ideas with the Youth Board and co-created a strategic programme that would ensure youth would be provided with the necessary resources to achieve their potential. Mae intends to get a Master’s degree in Business Law to become an arbitrator, but is very passionate about how she can incorporate this career with services to her community. “This university education will allow me to understand the core of problem-solving, negotiation, people analysis and the structure of organisations,” she explains. “Once I am fully educated on these, I will investigate how I can work alongside others to strengthen turangawaewae and to create solution-based reports that will improve the quality of life for generations within my local community. “ She will use her funding to attend workshops and presentations, and to buy educative resources that will assist in developing the value of her thesis. Mae Everett receives the AIMES Emerging Talent Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Bellingham Wallace – including a cash grant of $7500. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Lesina Eneleo


It’s not often that someone else applies for AIMES funding on behalf of another, but Lesina Eneleo is an exception to the usual rule. The 11-year-old Glenfield Primary School student is such an incredibly talented singer and performer that her teacher Derek Dallow could not resist in applying for funding so the youngster can take singing and performing lessons from New Zealand singing icon Suzanne Lynch of The Chicks fame. Derek says only every now and again a student of such natural raw talent is exposed as a diamond. “This year I have been constantly gobsmacked and thrilled to have this young girl with raw outstanding singing and performing talent. On 16th July, Lesina turned 11 years old, but she already has a presence, and a full and mature voice that belies her years,” he says. In May, Lesina won the ‘Glenfield Primary School has Talent’ event, and went on to compete in the 12-school Glenfield cluster involving 10 primary schools, Glenfield Intermediate School and Glenfield College. She won the ‘Technical Best Award’, which is the top award. Separately, Lesina has led both the school’s successful Kapa Haka group and its Pacifica group for the past two years. Last year, she was the first Year 5 student in the 60-year history of the school to lead the Kapa Haka, which is principally made up of Year 6 students. “She is a role model for others and is at the heart of the North Harbour Club’s core mission to provide financial assistance to young people achieving excellence,” Derek says. “Lesina (as with the rest of her family) has a beautiful innate Samoan humility and pride that would probably prevent them from making this application themselves. lt is with this background that I write on their behalf in support of an application for Lesina to be awarded a Junior AIMES Excellence Award.” Derek says he has had the pleasure of witnessing the unbelievable talent demonstrated by young recipients of the AIMES awards for many years, and believes Lesina not only matches that talent but has incredible potential. Lesina Eneleo receives the Judges Special Junior Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $1000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Lianne Kim


After Lianne Kim’s grandpa collapsed at home while alone last year, she and her family worried themselves sick about his safety. So the enterprising 12-year-old Murrays Bay Intermediate student decided as part of her Science Fair project to develop a software device in Javascript and HTML languages that could detect her grandpa’s movements and current status. That way, the family could know instantly if he was just lying down leisurely or collapsed without moving for a certain time frame. “My new invention will have a positive impact on the safety of the elderly in our society,” Lianne says. “This will ensure their safety status by monitoring their active movements and detecting emergencies which will then notify a recipient. This can save many lives, since collapsing as an elder is very common among that age group. This new device will get them treated on time. “My software could be packaged as an application so that it can be stored in app stores as an open-source application. This will allow people to download it for free and install it on their device (iPad, phone, laptop or computer) with a camera.” Lianne has been a keen scientist from a young age, enjoying a

wide interest in the science field. Last year, she won multiple NIWA North Harbour Science and Technology Fair awards by investigating an innovative and efficient way of maximising solar energy by utilising a principle of physics. Through the research and project, she developed a way to generate more energy output efficiently by creating a revolving group of solar panels that she modelled on how a sunflower works to follow the direction of the sun. She was also awarded the David Peace Prize for her innovative way of thinking for alternative energy, and the North Harbour Science Fair Miles Maxted Award for her statistical-based investigation. In the academic field, Lianne has achieved High Distinction in ICAS (from the University of New South Wales) international competition in a science subject, meaning she is in the top 1% of science students. She is also the recipient of The Teague Family Trophy as a science subject winner at Murrays Bay Intermediate School. Lianne Kim receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Andre Smirnov


The piano and piano accordion have been part of Andre Smirnov’s life for as long as he can remember. His mum took him to piano lessons when he was four at the Music Education Centre in Glenfield, and for the first few years, he had lessons in a group environment. It wasn’t until he started having one-on-one classes that he learnt the theory of music and started perfecting his technique and musicianship. Around the age of seven, Andre discovered a piano accordion and fell in love with the powerful instrument. His accordion teacher is Campbell Bettridge, who is a New Zealand and South Pacific Accordion champion. At Hauraki Primary School, Andre was a member of the orchestra, playing piano in both Year 5 and Year 6. “I was also in the very successful and extremely popular school rock band called Exploding Emus, playing the keyboard. I won the Hauraki school talent show in 2017, playing two classical pieces on the accordion.” Currently at Belmont Intermediate, Andre is involved in a host of extra-curricular music activities. He’s a member of the school rock band, playing the keyboard; he plays the accordion in the school orchestra; and performs regularly in whole school and team assemblies, playing solo performances on both the piano and piano accordion. Outside of school, he is a member of Music Makers, playing in the Junior Accordion Orchestra for the past five years. Music Makers meet weekly and during the calendar year have up to six performances, including Creative Keyboard Clubs in Browns Bay and Whangarei, Dargaville Accordion Museum Annual Concert and everybodys favourite – the Farmers Santa Parade in Auckland. “I have a real interest in hearing other musicians and experiencing their talents firsthand. I regularly attend Auckland Symphony Orchestra concerts with my grandmother,” Andre says. “Recently I attended the Wallace National Piano Competitions and Masterclass hosted by Englands best classical pianist Charles Owen. I intend to enter this prestigious piano competition when I reach the age of 14.” For the past four years, Andre has entered the South Pacific International and New Zealand National Accordion Championships


and Festival, presented by the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA). Prizes he has been awarded in this competition this year alone include: first place in Original Accordion Composition 11 and 12 years; first place in 11 year solo; and first place in New Zealand Solo 11 years and under, competing against a pool of very talented young musicians between the ages of seven to 25. As the piano accordion is not a particularly common instrument to learn, especially for people of Andre’s age, he hopes to raise its profile. “A huge motivation for me is to represent New Zealand in the 2020 World Accordion Competitions Coupe Mondiale in Algarve Portugal. In order to do so, I need to continue to win the NZAA competition next year and be invited to participate in the competition in Portugal. A pre-requisite is to own a nine reed Titano accordion in order to compete. My AIMES funding will be used to purchase a Titano accordion, which I have always aspired to own.” Andre Smirnov receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.



Nathan Jin


Playing the drums, piano, bass guitar and percussion is just what Nathan Jin does, and he’s been hooked since he was very young. At nine, he joined the Glenfield Music Centre Wind Band, about the same time joining his church worship team and the APPA Concert Band as a drummer. But when you realise that Nathan taught himself to play the bass, it’s clear that the 13-year-old has special abilities. Nathan started playing the drums when he was seven, keyboard at nine and piano at 10. “I have been involved with many bands and musical activities,” Nathan explains, “which helped augment my musical knowledge and experience. These experiences, and my love for music as well as achievements and awards I have attained, made me applicable to sign up for the Junior Excellence Awards.” He has received many awards, distinction in every exam he has completed for piano and drums (recently passing his grade 6 drum exam with distinction); he was the recipient of the Big Band Cup and the Top Rock Band Drummer at Murrays Bay Intermediate; and has played with the Westlake Boys’ Symphonic Band as percussionist this year. Next year, he hopes to get into the Premiere Big Band and the Stage Band at Westlake, all whilst doing Year 9 Music Institute

extension courses and achieving high excellence in all tests. One of Nathan’s highlights has been to be selected as the APO Little Drummer Boy for the children’s Christmas Concert last year. “I played along with APO’s head percussionist Eric Renner and performed many times at the Auckland Town Hall,” he says. “Winning the AIMES awards means a lot to me because I now know that I have improved considerably in my music to be able to receive this award,” Nathan says. “I will take this as inspiration to work harder and achieve greater things. I am also glad that I am one step closer to my goal of going to one of the top US universities. The AIMES award is the most valuable award I have won/received, and it is a true honour to receive it.” Nathan hopes to pass grade 8 drums with distinction by Year 11, so he can focus on his academic education when it is most vital. His funding will be used for university funds. “My musical pathway has been created and set; I will endeavour to the very end.” Nathan Jin receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.



Photo credit: Tommy Pyatt.


Liam Richards

FREESTYLE SKIER AND SAILOR (11) Born in Switzerland and emigrating to New Zealand in 2015, Liam Richards has been skiing since the age of two and has never looked back. At the age of seven, he attended his first ever New Zealand Junior Freeski Nationals and now holds several awards, and last year was selected for the Snow Sports NZ national development team at the tender age of 10, even though it is generally just for skiers aged 12 to 14. Just this year alone, Liam has won the USA Freeski Nationals in Slopestyle U12 category (beating more than 60 competitors); was second in the NZ Slopestyle series U14 category; achieved gold in

the North Island New Zealand Slopestyle series U14; and won two events at Turoa. He attended a training camp in Colorado early this year, and is sponsored by Scott Freeski. His future goal is to win a medal at the 2026 Winter Olympics in either Slopestyle or Halfpipe, and to do that will take training over several months of the year both in New Zealand and Europe. However, skiing is not Liam’s only passion. He took up sailing when he arrived in New Zealand, and has been very competitive within the Optimist fleet over the past three years. In 2018 he was ranked 34th overall and the second 10-year-old boy, and this year is ranked the top 11-year-old nationally and 17th in New Zealand overall. He also qualified to represent New Zealand at the Asian and Oceanian Championships in Oman. All of Liam’s sport is complemented by achieving excellence in his school work. He attends Belmont Intermediate School and is in the extension class for Year 7. While training down in Cardrona, he completes correspondence school with Te Kura three days a week. Significant costs for Liam’s sports are paid by his family, which this year totalled around $25,000. He needs a new $10,000 trampoline for training at home, allowing him higher bounce and the opportunity to practice bigger tricks before taking them to snow. In addition to the skiing, Liam spent $13,000 attending the Optimist Asian Championships in October, and is hoping to qualify for the Optimist Worlds or European teams in 2020, with a likely cost of $15,000. “I’m really excited to be receiving this award, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Liam says. “The thing I remember most about the interview is being really nervous before it and really happy after. I thought the interview went well!” Liam Richards receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.


Photo credit: Hamish McDougall.



Daichi Iizuka

KARATE AND FOOTBALL (12) Kristin School’s 12-year-old Daichi Iizuka says training for karate is difficult and tiring, but he never gives up. The sport, he says, has taught him many life skills, such as courage, respect, integrity and resilience. “Sometimes you lose despite training for months and competing at your very best,” he says. “This can be disappointing. However, my sensei taught me that you only lose if you don’t learn. “I therefore take every defeat as an opportunity to develop myself and to get better. Karate has taught me about the importance of humility, respect and teamwork. I have learnt to show humility when winning, and courage and composure when I lose.” Daichi started karate at seven, and now competes at national and international level. His achievements have included first place in many New Zealand and Australian competitions, such as first place in the NZ National Kumite Championship U13 and second place in the Australian Schools Kumite U13. Not only does Daichi compete, but he also mentors and coaches younger students, and says he enjoys seeing the younger student develop. However, Daichi’s passion also extends to football, and he competes for the East Coast Bays 12th Grade rep team. He was selected to travel to an international football tournament in Korea earlier this year as part of the Wyners Football Academy. Daichi – who represented Kristin school in football at the AIMS Games in both Year 7 and Year 8 – is also his primary school’s Year 8

Daichi started karate at seven, and now competes at national and international level. cross-country champion and competed regionally and city-wide. He is Kristin’s Year 8 champion in the 1500m, 800m and 400m events, setting the school record for all three events. Next year, Daichi is aiming to win the Oceania Karate Champs in April, and be selected for the Auckland Metro football squad. His longterm goals include representing NZ at the 2024 Olympics, compete at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, and secure a scholarship into a US university. Any funding will go to costs for competitions, but if he has spare, Daichi will buy flowers and chocolate for his mum and dad who “spend all of their spare time supporting me” and some gifts to say thanks to his karate sensei, school sports teacher and football coach. Daichi Iizuka receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Amy-Lee Pateman

SPORT (13)

Amy-Lee Pateman is one of those people that can do anything sporty. In fact, her love of sport drives her to always strive for improvement in her self-discipline, skill level and attitude. Basketball, Touch, Tag, Netball, Swimming, Cross-country, Dancing – you name it and Amy-Lee loves it. It’s been her commitment that has seen a whole host of achievements, and the 13-year-old has just realised that she has the ability, dedication and passion to make it all the way to the World Basketball Championships in 2022. Just look at her record and you’ll understand why, Amy-Lee is a squad member for the 2020 Basketball Oceania U15; the 2019 New Zealand Development Coaching Camp; and the 2019 U14 Mixed Team. Don’t forget a New Zealand rep for Tag in both 2018 and this year. In terms of North Harbour representation, it’s not surprising that she works to a discipline far beyond her peers. Amy-Lee is a prize-winning member of the 2019 U15 team, the 2017 and 2018 U13 team, and the 2017 U11 team. In touch, she was a 2018 U13 girls touch team member, and represented the region in Tag in 2017, 2018 and 2019 U13 girls team.

…the 13-year-old has just realised that she has the ability, dedication and passion to make it all the way to the World Basketball Championships… There’s more, in netball, she has represented North Harbour in 2018 and 2019 Year 7 and 8 girls team. At Takapuna Normal Intermediate, she was the 2018 AIMS Tournament MVP and the Year 7 best player award-winner for all teams. At Hauraki Primary School , Amy-Lee was the 2017 best sportswoman in swimming, cross-country, netball, basketball and dancing. Despite her successes, Amy-Lee is a very humble and grateful person, and gets a lot pleasure from supporting and nurturing friendships with her team mates. She is of the mindset that she can always improve and because of this, she is always training and working on her skill level. Amy-Lee will use her funding to attend the New Zealand Camp, individual training sessions and tournaments out of Auckland. Amy-Lee receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Zoe Ellis


BMX rider Zoe Ellis is very excited about winning this award. The funds, she says, will go straight into her special BMX bank account to help pay for competitions, coaching sessions, training and upgrading protective gear and bike parts. “I love BMX,” she says. “It has given me such cool experiences so far, and I have made some awesome life-long friends. I am very thankful for everyone that supports me.” A Year 8 student at Northcross Intermediate, Zoe started riding her BMX when she was four, racing at five with North Harbour BMX and competing in her first world champs in New Zealand’s 2013 UCI BMX World Champs. After intensive training, Zoe (then six) came 9th in the world for five-to-seven-year-old girls. The following year, she was placed sixth in New Zealand, and in 2018 qualified for the Trans-Tasman test team. “This New Zealand team is for the top four 11-year-old girls and boys to race the top Australian girls and boys. When I made the team, I was able to travel to Australia to race the Australian team and it was an awesome experience. I also made the same team later in the year when we hosted Australia in a return challenge. This was cool because it was in front of my home crowd. “ This year, Zoe achieved her highest ranking of third for 13-year-old girls, and can’t wait for the 2020 season to start. Her goal is to represent New Zealand again at future world champs - the next one is in Houston next year, and Zoe hopes to move into the Junior Elite and then Elite racing teams once she is older. “Maybe one day I could possibly go to the Olympics,” she says. With high costs for training and competing, Zoe hasn’t committed to the Houston World Champs next year, due to financial constraints. The AIMES Award means she has a real shot at going, something Zoe is desperate to do. “BMXing means so much to me and it has given me so much,” she says. “I love riding so much that I have started to help younger riders at my club that are just getting into the sport. For me coaching seems like a huge benefit for everyone - I get to help the younger kids get better and I get to give back to my club and earn some pocket money at the same time. I hope that in the future I can keep coaching and helping others while doing what I love.” Zoe Ellis receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.




Benedict Thomas

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY (10) It’s pretty easy to recognise that Benedict Thomas is full of life. When he was little at Birkenhead Kindy, he loved doing monkey bar tricks for his friends, as well as playing the violin and piano. One day, he accidentally stepped on his brand new violin and it broke. “My mum was really upset,” he remembers, “and my teacher suggested that I busk with a temporary violin and buy a new one.” Playing in front of shops, Benedict loved how the community enjoyed his music, so once he’d paid for a new violin, he started playing at church every week and raised $300 for St John Vianney, a home for retired priests. He was excited when the Bishop asked he and his brother to play at the opening ceremony for the new priests’ home. Next, he asked his sister to join his busking, and they raised $250 for the Starship Foundation. Then last year, Benedict’s dad wasn’t well and the ambulance visited their house often. “I decided to fundraise for the wonderful paramedics who helped my dad,” Benedict says. “This time, I raised $350 to buy lunch for the paramedics, all by myself. It took me many months! But I got to visit the ambulance station and see the ambulances!” This year, he was sad when his parents told him about the Christchurch attacks. “My mum told me there was a GiveALittle page and asked if I’d like to busk. I made a signboard and made $183 in 40 minutes! We donated it online to the Christchurch victims’ families.” Benedict loves Bennett’s Chocolates and has been to their shop in Mangawhai many times. One day, he saw a note from the Mangawhai Fire Brigade asking for donations to build a new fire station, with


those donating $250 or more getting their names written on a brick. So he busked some more. Benedict says busking improves his violin playing, hence he scored a Distinction in his Grade 5 violin exam this year. But the piano is still his favourite, as it was the first instrument he started learning from an early age. He played at the Lewis Eady Junior Piano Contest earlier this year and got a Gold Award. “Busking can also be challenging because some people have shouted at me and told me to stop,” Benedict says. “They get a headache, they say. Some of the shop owners sent me packing and made me cry. I finally found three spots to busk where I am welcome – outside the hair salon where my mum goes; the $2 shop at Browns Bay and at Takapuna Market! With his funding, Benedict will buy an old German violin he has seen for $2000. “My current violin is a ¼ size violin and I am growing taller, so I need a ½ size violin,:” he explains. “It has a beautiful sound and people will love listening to it. It will help me to continue fundraising, as I know it can make so much money for me to help others. “The remainder of the monies will be used to replace two broken benches outside the retirement home on my street so that the residents can have a place to sit and rest. I love music and I will continue to learn violin and piano for many many more years.” Benedict Thomas receives the Junior Excellence Award from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Precise Homes – including a cash grant of $3000. All of the winners also receive a 12 month gym membership from AUT Millennium.

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Mikayla Smyth


Blink and you might miss Milford’s Mikayla Smyth. The 14-year-old New Zealand representative alpine ski racer has been competing since the age of six and is currently the 2019 Whistler Cup Giant Slalom gold medallist and the Zagreb International Cup International Youth U14 Giant Slalom champion - amongst other titles - making her one fast sportswoman who aspires to compete at world-class level and one day represent her country at a future Winter Olympics. Mikayla has been lucky to train and race in the Northern Hemisphere winter with help from her snowmad family. After three seasons in Colorado, this year the Kristin School student joined a new elite training academy – one of 12 all-female athletes to train at the Italy-based International Ski Racing Academy founded by internationally acclaimed women’s coaches (including Kiwi Chris Knight). “Living with my family and training in Italy was an incredible learning experience for me, off and on snow. I was there for almost four months and I trained at more than 20 different locations - sometimes alongside the best international female ski racers. I competed in local races and watched the best in the world compete at a World Cup race. “While training with ISRA I learned and got to practice a ton of new technical things. I also learned how to analyse video of myself in detail and compare my technique to the world’s best athletes. I keep a daily journal of my focus, progress and learnings. As a result of these learnings my ski racing IQ went up a lot.” Mikayla has competed in major international children’s events this


year, alongside hundreds of competitors from more than 20 countries, and has made friends with other athletes around the world. She says her immediate training goals are to improve her technique, technical skills and cope with pressure, and is planning to return to Italy before Christmas to train with ISRA for another winter - but this time she will go without her family. “This funding will allow me to make a contribution myself towards the significant costs of pursuing my dream of becoming a great ski racer,” she says. Mikayla Smyth receives a North Harbour Club AIMES Sport Scholarship – sponsored by Vantage Windows – including a cash grant of $2000.

AIMES SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP Right from the times the AIMES Awards clock started ticking back in the mid-90s we have had a disproportionate number of sports applicants. Applicants from the sport sector for AIMES Awards have averaged 47.6% over the last three years. Applicants who have won medals for their country in various sporting codes often don’t make the final cut for an AIMES Award. For this reason the North Harbour Club have decided to add four sport scholarships recognising sporting achievements to the annual AIMES Awards programme. The scholarships will be awarded to applicants between 13-18 years of age. It is hoped that this will provide assistance to those who are achieving excellence and a high level of success but are no longer eligible for a Junior Excellence Awards and have not attained the standard of those older athletes (up to 25 years of age) who are winning Emerging Talent and AIMES Awards. The recipients are selected form the current years applicants using the judges discretion. Thank you to our valued sponsor Vantage Windows North Shore for supporting this new initiative.


Cameron McTaggart


For Cameron McTaggart, making the 2020 New Zealand Olympic team has always been a dream since he first touched a barbell. For the 21-year-old, that is now a distinct possibility - but there’s much to do before then. To be eligible for the Games, Cameron must compete in a minimum of six international competitions in a 14-month period – and that’s costly when you don’t attract significant funding. That includes flights, accommodation, nutrition, physiotherapy, supplements and a range of other costs that go towards keeping him at his best day-in/day out. “Last year I was working full time at the Drug Detection Agency North Harbour to help pay for my training, however at the start of this year I decided to train full-time in order to give myself the best possible opportunity to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Cameron explains. “This so far has paid off. My training is the best it has ever been. However, there has been a massive financial strain on myself and my very hardworking parents.” Cameron’s successes have been strong in the past eight years, and include several junior medals at Oceania Championships, Youth World Championships, Youth Olympics, World Junior

Championships and Commonwealth Champs. Most recently, the Youth Olympics representative was the first lifter ever to break more than 100 national records, won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (-77kg), a bronze at the 2019 EGAT Cup (-81kg), a gold at the ARAFURA Games (-81kg), a gold at the 2019 Oceania Championships (-81kg) and bronze at the 2019 Commonwealth Championships (-81kg). Each international competition costs at least $2500 on top of other costs, and Cameron visits a physiotherapist twice a week and a professional nutritionist regularly. Next year he has three international competitions before the Olympic Games in Tokyo - Brisbane in February, Naru in March and Ohio in May. “As long as I am able to afford the costs associated with these competitions, show steady improvement and stay injury free, it is very likely I will make the 2020 NZ Olympic team which has been a dream of mine,” Cameron says. Cameron McTaggart receives the AIMES Sports Scholarship from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Vantage Windows – including a cash grant of $2000.




Seb Menzies (14) and Blake McGlashan (16)


Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan are pleased they met at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club and decided to combine their talents. The formidable pair, who have sailed various boats at local, national and international level, have blitzed nearly everything they’ve done since, and the Olympics are firmly on their radar. Seb, who is in Year 10 at Rangitoto College, and Year 12 Westlake Boys’ student Blake have been sailing together for two years in a 420 Doublehanded Dingy. To date, the two won gold at the 420 Youth World Championships in Poland, the 2018 World 420 championship in Newport and a silver at the same competition in Portugal this year. The duo say quiet determination and focus are amongst the personal characteristics that they have used to achieve great results. “These attributes, when coupled with our on-going development and training, are likely to continue to assist us as we pursue future goals,” they say. With lofty longer-term goals of winning Olympic medals and


competing in the America’s Cup, Seb and Blake’s next immediate goal is to swap from the 420 class to the 29er class of yacht and continue sailing as a team. “We aim to win the New Zealand 29er Nationals and gain selection for the 2020 New Zealand youth team,” they explain. “Finishing on the podium at Open and Youth World Championships for the 29er class is our key objective. Our development and competition programmes are structured specifically to help us achieve these goals.” The boys say their AIMES award will enable them to gain additional recognition of their talents and broaden the support networks they require in order to achieve their ambitious goals. Both are still studying at school but competing internationally, and so scholarship money will be of great assistance. Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan receive a North Harbour Club AIMES Sport Scholarship – sponsored by Vantage Windows – including a cash grant of $2000.



Taine Murray

BASKETBALL REP (17) Taine Murray is a 17-year-old basketballer who has already caught the eye of experts. A Year 12 student at Rosmini College, he is a North Harbour representative player currently in the North Harbour U19 Boys team, and has been selected in the New Zealand Tall Blacks long list of 24 in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “Taine caught my eye at the U16 Aon Nationals this year,” Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare said last year. “I like the skillset and work rate that he has.” Taine says his passion for basketball has seen some hard work to achieve at a high level. “My most successful achievement at present is being selected in the New Zealand Tall Blacks long list. This is an honour and a privilege at 17 years of age to be a part of this environment.” As well as the Tall Blacks, Taine is a New Zealand U17 rep, plays in the Rosmini premier team, is in the Junior NZ Breakers, the North Harbour U19 A team and the North Harbour USA Tour team, which won the Great American Shootout in Texas earlier this year. He has played with the U19 Nationals champions, the U17 Nationals, the U15s and the U13s; and earlier this year was named one of five top players of the tournament at the ISF World Secondary School Championships in Greece. Taine has received from Rosmini a high excellence for sport, Junior Basketballer of Year 10, Junior Physical Education Award in Year 10 and Premier Most Improved Player in Year 11. Academically, he passed Year 9, 10 and 11 with Excellence.

He has been invited to attend the Nike All Asia Camp in China and India; and the Steven Adams High School Invitational in Year 11 for the top 20 high school players in the country. Taine is hoping to gain a college scholarship in the US so for the next 18 months, he will focus on development projects to achieve his goals. “I am honest, hardworking, committed to a sport I love, a strong communicator and coachable. I have continually progressed to display a high skill level in the international arena,” Taine says. His AIMES funding will go towards the costs of development opportunities both here and overseas. Taine Murray received an AIMES Sports Scholarship from the North Harbour Club – sponsored by Vantage Windows – including a cash grant of $2000.



The AIMES Award winners for 2018 were:Supreme ($15,000) & AIMES Innovation Award ($15,000) – Sharndre Kushor Arts Award ($15,000) – Natasha Wilson Music Award ($15,000) – Sally Kim Education Award ($15,000) – Michael Chieng Sport Award ($15,000) - Georgia Williams Service to the Community Award ($15,000) – Alexander Kuch Emerging Talent Awards 2018 ($7,500 each) – Ella Cornfield, Max Lawton, Anna Smart, Matthias Balzat, Dougal Burden, Ethan Dick, Oscar Gunn, Matthew Goldsworthy 2018 Junior Excellence Winners ($3000 each) - Janayah Wadsworth, Alia Cauty, Hermione Aris, Alexander Beattie, Tiffany Ho, Ryan Jefferson, Sebastian Menzies, Jessie Honey, Kate McIntosh


The AIMES Award winners for 2017 were:Supreme ($15,000) & AIMES Education Award ($15,000) – Lewis Fry Arts Award ($15,000) – Melanie Bracewell Innovation Award ($15,000) – Jun Bing Music Award ($15,000) – Jacky Siu Sport Award ($15,000) - Alex Maloney & Molly Meech Service to the Community Award ($15,000) – Alexia Hilbertidou Emerging Talent Awards 2017 ($7,500 each) – Zoe White; Blake Tolmie; Lauren Bennett; Matthew Beardsworth; Courtney Davies; Michaela Sokolich-Beatson; Cameron Webster; Olivia McTaggart; Ian Lim. 2017 Junior Excellence Winners ($3000 each) - Jasmine Jarad; Jesse Oh; Caitlin O’Reilly; Chantelle May; Maggie Squire; George Rush; Logan Somerville.


The AIMES Award winners for 2016 were:Supreme ($15,000) & AIMES Sport Award ($15,000) – Eliza McCartney Arts Award ($15,000) – Joel Granger Innovation Award ($15,000) – Sian Simpson Music Award ($15,000) – Miller Christensen-Yule

Education Award ($15,000) - Michael McDonald Service to the Community Award ($15,000) – Joseph Bergin

AIMES Judges Special Award ($15,000) - Avalon Biddle Emerging Talent Awards 2016 ($5,000 each) – Emma Lane, Andrew Coshan, Scott Wilson, Jacky Siu, Alexia Hibertidou, Florida Fatanitavake, ($8,000) - Kate and Greta Stewart 2016 Junior Excellence Winners ($3000 each) - Satine FinerNeuhauser, Henry Meng, Rico Bearman, Nadia Evans, Daniel Stoddart, Northcross Kapa Haka Group.



The AIMES Award winners for 2015 were:Supreme ($15,000) & AIMES Education Award ($15,000) – Carl Hume Arts Award ($15,000) – Emily Scott Innovation Award ($15,000) – Sian Simpson Music Award ($15,000) – Alexander Verster Sport Award ($15,000 each - Joint Winners) – Michael Brake & Gemma Jones Service to the Community Award ($15,000) – Mattea Mrkusic Emerging Talent Awards 2015 ($5,000 each) – Elizabeth Mandeno, Elizabeth Lunn, Shauno Isomura, Louisa Wang, Brendon Thomas, Danielle McKenzie, Britt Kindred, Lina Kim. 2015 Junior Excellence Winners ($3000 each) - Matthew O'Connor, Cameron Brownsey, Iain Lam, Blake Tolmie, Catherine Oh, Jaden Movold, Quillan Denton (awarded $1500).


The AIMES Award winners for 2014 were:Supreme ($15,000) & AIMES Arts Award ($10,000) – Ben Sanders IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Leighton Watson Music Award ($10,000) – Hye-Won Suh Education Award ($10,000) – Finn Lowery Sport Award ($10,000) – Teneale Hatton Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Dannie Cullen Judges Special Award ($4,000 & $6,000 respectively) – Tayla Alexander & David Light Emerging Talent Awards 2014 ($4,000 each) – Harry Bartlett, Lewis Fry, Emily Scott, Kit Reilly, Nicole Ashby, Eliza McCartney, Gemma Jones, Daniel Hoy.


The AIMES Award winners for 2013 were:Supreme ($20,000) & AIMES Music Award ($10,000) – Ella Yelich-O'Connor Arts Award ($10,000) – Bridget Costello IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Sarah Mitchell Education Award ($10,000) – Michael MacDonald Sport Award ($10,000) – Andrew Maloney, Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Loren O'Sullivan Judges Special Award ($10,000) – Liam Stone Emerging Talent Awards 2013 ($4,000 each) – Joel Granger, Matthew Jones, Alex Taylor, George Muir, Georgia Williams, Finn Howard, Natalie Te Paa, Keon Park.


The AIMES Award winners for 2012 were:Supreme ($20,000) & AIMES Sport Award ($10,000) – Lydia Ko Arts Award ($10,000) – Rob Tucker IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Amy Smith Music Award ($10,000) – Jason Bae Education Award ($10,000) – Andrew MacDonald Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Joseph Bergin Emerging Talent Awards 2012 ($4,000 each) – Petra Bullock, Nick Hall, Teneale Hatton, Sarah Mitchell, Mattea Mrkusic, Jeremy Reid, Ben Sanders.

2018 TO 1995 2011

The AIMES Award winners for 2011 were:Supreme ($20,000) & IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Richard Stebbing Arts Award ($10,000) – Elliot Christensen-Yule Music Award ($10,000) – Moses MacKay Education Award ($10,000) – Blake Hansen Sport Award ($10,000) – Thomas Abercrombie Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Amanda Judd Emerging Talent Awards 2011 ($4,000 each) – lexandra Foster, Adam Gerrett, Seok Jun Bing, Aine Kelly-Costello, Lydia Ko, Rebecca Dubber.


The AIMES Award winners for 2010 were:Supreme ($20,000) & AIMES Sports ($10,000) – Jacko Gill Arts Award ($10,000) – Verity Burgess IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – David MacDonald Music Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – Sophie Bird; Will Martin Education Award ($10,000) – Andrew MacDonald Service to the Community Award ($10,000) – Anita Walbran Judges Special Award ($6,000) – Shaun Quincey Emerging Talent Awards 2010 ($4,000 each) – Maddie Dillon, Chloe Francis, Stephanie Mitchell, The Naked & Famous, Michael Macdonald, Joseph Bergin.


The AIMES Award winners for 2009 were:Supreme ($20,000) & Sport Award ($10,000) – Melissa Ingram Arts Award ($10,000) – Anna-Louise Dillon-Herzog IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – Daniel Playne & Yvette Perrott Music Award ($10,000 each - Joint Winners) – Grayson Masefield & Amalia Hall Education Award ($10,000) – Adrienne Anderson Service To The Community Award ($10,000) – Cameron Calkoen Emerging Talent Awards ($4,000 each) – Sophie Corbidge, Chris Rahardja, Jenna Gallie, Jason Bae, Ellen Deverall, Arkesh Patel.


The AIMES Award winners for 2008 were:Supreme Award ($20,000) & Sport Award ($10,000) – Tom Ashley Arts Award ($10,000) – Sophie Henderson IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Daniel Playne Education Award ($10,000) – Naomi Jones Service To The Community Award ($10,000) – Sean Yang Judges Special Award ($7,000) – Melissa Ingram Emerging Talent Awards ($4,000 each) – Verity Burgess, Brittany Carter, Andrew MacDonald, Andrew Maloney,Yvette Perrott, Yousif Rassam, Chris Steele, Erin Taylor,The Earlybirds (Filip Kostovich, Jared Aisher, Michael Cannon, Sean Patterson and Kane ter Veer).


The AIMES Award winners for 2007 were:Supreme Award ($15,000) & Education Award ($10,000) – Matthew Flinn Arts Award ($10,000) – Ananth Gopal IT, Innovation & Science Award ($10,000) – Daniel Playne Music Award ($10,000 each - three Winners) – Sarah McCallum, Tanya Cooling & Hollie Smith Sport Award ($10,000) – Jo Aleh Service To The Community Award ($10,000) – Loren O’Sullivan Emerging Talent Awards ($2000 each) – Samuel Coldicutt, Robert Ellis, Mikhail Koudinov, Alexandra Maloney, Stephen Smith, Rob Tucker


The AIMES Award winners for 2006 were:Joint Supreme Award ($10,000 each) & Sport Award ($10,000 each) – Juliette Haigh & Rebecca Spence Arts Award ($8,000) – Dmitri (Dima) Ivanov IT, Innovation & Science Award ($8,000) – Hayley Reynolds Music Award ($8,000 each - Joint winners) – Julia McCarthy & Sarah McCracken Education Award ($8,000) – Chye-Ching Huang Service To The Community Award ($8,000) – Cameron Calkoen Emerging Talent Awards ($2000 each) – Tom Ashley, Richard Chen, Caroline Grey, Blake Hansen. Violinist Richard Chen also received $5,000 from Corelli School for production of his own CD.


The AIMES Award winners for 2005 were:Supreme Award ($10,000) & IT, Innovation & Science Award ($7,000) – Nodira Khoussainova Arts Award ($7,000) – Ananth Gopal Music Award ($5,000 plus $5,000 from Corelli School for production of a CD) – The Checks (Rock Band) Karel Chabera, Jacob Moore, Ed Knowles, Sven Petterson, Callum Martin Education Award ($5,000) – Elizabeth Duncan Sport Award ($5,000) – Hannah McLean Judges Special Award ($5,000) – Amalia Hall


The AIMES Award winners for 2004 were:Supreme Award ($10,000) & IT, Innovation & Science Award ($7,000) – Heather Brown Arts Award ($5,000) – Kendra Oxley Music Award ($5,000 plus $5,000 from Corelli School for production of a CD) – Simone Roggen Education Award ($5,000 each, Joint winners) – Vicki McCall & Nicole Roughan Sport Award ($5,000 each, Joint winners) – Juliette Haigh & Corney Swanepoel (CONT.)



The AIMES Award winners for 2003 were:Supreme Award ($20,000) & Music Award ($7,000) – Kristen Darragh Arts Award ($8,000) – Felicity Rogers IT, Innovation & Science Award ($8,000) – Nodira Khoussainova Music Award ($5,000 plus $5,000 from Corelli School for production of a CD) – Matthew Flinn Education Award ($8,000) – Karen Lindsay Sport Award ($8,000) – James Cressey


The AIMES Award winners for 2002 were:Supreme Award ($10,000) & Sport Award ($8,000) – Terenzo Bozzone Arts Award ($8,000) – Anna-Louise Herzog IT, Innovation & Science Award ($8,000) – Michael Brown Music Award ($8,000) – Sarah McCallum Music Award ($5,000) – Robbie Ellis Education Award ($8,000) – James Russell


The AIMES Award winners for 2001 were:Supreme ($5,000) & Education Award ($8,000) – Mark Robinson Arts Award ($8,000) – Helen Candy Music Award ($9,000) – Sarah McCallum Music Award ($4,000 each) – Emma Buckton, Vanessa McGowan Education Award ($5,000) – Paul Bracewell Education Award ($3,000) – Ian Munro Sport Award ($8,000) – Michael Bullot Sport Award ($7,000) – Terenzo Bozzone Sport Award ($2,000) – Dean Kent Sport Award ($2,000) – Jennifer Dryburgh Judges Special Award ($1,000) – Fleur Ritchie Judges Special Award ($500 each) – Jordan Barnes, Jonathan Coulam


The AIMES Award winners for 2000 were:Supreme Award ($5,000) & Education Award ($8,000) – Clarissa Dunn Arts Award ($8,000) – Andrea Proud Music Award ($8,000) – Lara Hall Sport Award ($8,000) – Monique Robins Sport Award ($5,000) – Scott Talbot-Cameron Sport Award ($5,000) – Steven Ferguson Sport Award ($3,000) – Michael Bassett Sport Award ($3,000) – Terenzo Bozzone Sport Award ($2,000) – Simon Rea


The AIMES Award winners for 1999 were:Supreme Award & Music Award ($8,000) – Rainer Gibbons Arts Award ($1,500) – Mark Wells Arts Award ($1,000) – Helen Candy Arts Award ($1,000) – Felicity Rogers Arts Award ($1,000) – Elaine Dowsett Arts Award ($1,000) – Jon Gorrie Arts Award ($500) – Bradley Fagan Music Award ($500) – Ji-Hyun Kim Music Award (Presented with a Picolo Clarinet) – Teresa Davis Education Award ($3,000) – Nikolozi Meladze Education & Sport Awards ($2,000) – Jamie Voss Sport Award ($5,000) – Benjamin Pilley Sport Award ($5,000) – Jennifer Dryburg Sport Award ($2,500) – Slavik Shorinov


The AIMES Award winners for 1998 were:Supreme Award & Sport Award ($8,000) – Nathan Handley Music Award (Presented with Baby Grand Piano) – Justin Bird Music Award ($3,750) – Neil Watson Education Award ($2,500) – Amanda Rubick Sport Award ($2,000) – Jemima Smeadley Sport Award ($2,000) – Alister Gair Sport Award ($2,000) – Felicity Gould-Hope Sport Award ($2,000) – Jennifer Dryburgh Sport Award ($2,000) – Jayson Herbert


The AIMES Award winners for 1997 were:Supreme Award & Education Award ($6,000) – Philip Misur Music Award ($3,000) – Lara Hall Education Award ($2,000) – Claire Speedy Sport Award ($2,000) – Sarah Macky Sport Award ($2,000) – Jayson Herbert Sport Award ($2,000) – Alastair Gair Sport Award ($2,000) – Julie Worth Sport Award ($2,000) – Craig Harper Sport Award ($2,000) – Matthew Davies Sport Award ($2,000) – Nathan Handley


The AIMES Award winners for 1996 were:Supreme Award & Arts Award ($10,000) – Patricia Bolton Music Award ($2,000) – Ben Hoadley Music Award ($1,500) – Aron Ottingon Sport Award ($5,000) – Daniel Slater Sport Award ($2,500) – Matt Brown Sport Award ($2,500) – Simon Cooke Sport Award ($1,000) – Jacqui Ashworth Sport Award ($1,000) – Abby Lye Sport Award ($1,000) – Emma Tepavac Music Award ($1,150) – Cameron Bettridge (Presented 1995)


The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust acknowledges the ongoing support of our fantastic sponsors… NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AIMES AWARDS SPONSORS






At Benefitz we love celebrating excellence achieved by the young people of our region through the annual AIMES Awards. Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners. We are hugely proud that for over 20 of those years we have been supporting the North Harbour Club with design, web, print, signage and display.


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