Young hero makes grade
When Saachi Shahri was 3 her parents uprooted the family from India in hope of a better life in New Zealand.
Now the 16-year-old has been recognised as the latest Botany Town Centre Young Hero award winner for her determination to succeed.
Saachi suffers from asthma and a severe allergy to dairy.
The Botany Senior College student says it is the sacrifice of her parents and how hard they work that inspires her.
"My parents had to give up everything they had in India. If they can do that for me then I can do anything for myself."
When asked what she plans to spend her prize - a $300 Botany Town Centre gift card - on, she says she has already asked her parents what they need.
Saachi was nominated by her mother Rosche Prakash who describes her daughter as a determined, self-driven, hard-working and passionate teenager.
"She is a very down to earth, polite and respectful girl who makes a wonderful person to be around."
Botany Town Centre senior marketing manager Desiree Clark says Saachi exemplifies what it is to be a "young hero".
"Saachi is an inspiration to those around her and we know there are many more young heroes in our local community whose stories are waiting to be told."