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Top effort ... Mana Pounamu junior award winner Joshua Thompson-Holloway, from Waitaki Boys' High School. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Waitaki Boys’ High School year 11 pupil Joshua Thompson-Holloway has been presented with a Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Award.

He received a pounamu toki and a certificate at a recent ceremony at the University of Otago College of Education auditorium in Dunedin.

Joshua was nominated by his school, in recognition of his academic and community service record. He has already earned 50 NCEA Level 1 Excellence credits, been a member of the Combined Schools Firing Party and the Big Choir, and taken part in smallbore shooting.

As a member of the Air Training Corps, Joshua has attained the rank of Corporal, led the Sioux Crew 26th Squadron, received the Endeavour Award at the junior non-commissioned officers’ course, and was recommended as an instructor at the senior course. He has also volunteered with ATC at Anzac services, the Oamaru Foodbank, A&P Shows, drag racing and fireworks displays, and has bagged and delivered fundraising compost.

Joshua, who is descended from the Nga Mahanga sub-tribe of the Taranaki iwi, said he was “nervous” about attending the Dunedin ceremony.

His older brother, Mitchell, received a Mana Pounamu award in 2012.

The awards are a Kai Tahu initiative supported by Ka Papatipu Runaka ki Araiteuru, the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, the Ministry of Education and the Otago Daily Times

Two more Oamaru pupils also received Mana Pounamu awards. Incorrect information was supplied to the Oamaru Mail last week. A story on the two Waitaki Girls’ High School recipients will appear next week.