Robin Kapeteni recognised at NZ Youth Awards
25 June 2019
Robin Kapeteni, a youth leader for MYSTORY is among the 14 recipients of this year’s New Zealand Youth Awards announced by Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare at a celebration event which took place on 24 June at Parliament.
There were seven Awards categories and Robin, 20 from Manurewa, was the recipient of the Mahi Tahi - Collective Award.
Robin play an integral part in the development and delivery of MYSTORY which entails youth-focused events designed to give space to young people to share their stories. She has contributed a youth rainbow voice and connected the rainbow community to this initiative by sharing her story with more than 200 young people throughout South Auckland.
At the MYSTORY Summit dinner, Robin who identifies as transgendered, shared her story about opening up to people that she has never met before. “I’ve been vulnerable throughout my life because I am different. I was afraid of being judged and potential negative reactions.”
“Being part of the MYSTORY project I gained confidence about myself and I thought what better way to explore pathways in life than telling my story. I want people to know that it’s not a choice to be the person I am today.”
Robin encourages more young people and youth of South Auckland to be part of MYSTORY.
“What resonated with me personally from the MYSTORY framework is a platform to allow us to tell our stories and have others listen and respond to them, not necessarily by giving advice or an opinion, but by listening, reflecting on, and of course respecting the story. Many of our young people want to tell their stories.”
SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo congratulates Robin and her family for their support. “We all have a story to tell and it’s great that Robin has taken the opportunity to utilise the MYSTORY framework to express her uniqueness. This is an amazing achievement for Robin, her family and for our community in South Auckland. It ignites so many agendas, initiating conversations that need to be had.”
Minister Henare says Aotearoa is incredibly lucky to have such a diverse group of young people working hard to make our country a better place. “The recipients of this year’s Awards have achieved so much and contributed to their communities in many ways. I believe that recognising positive actions taken by young people is one of my most important roles as the Minister for Youth.”
The New Zealand Youth Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the passion, success and commitment of rangatahi aged 12 to 24 years, who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
There were 133 Awards entries which were assessed by an external judging panel and included youth representation.
Click here to read the detailed biographies of each Award recipient.
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