In the South
A Heriot School student's hard work and kind manner have paid off after being recognised as the school's top young leader.
Ten-year-old Emma O'Meara has been awarded a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award for showing leadership within her school.
Teacher Erica Milligan said Emma stood out as a leader due to her willingness to always go the extra mile, whether in her school work or helping out in the school community.
"She was always very good with younger students out in the playground, especially new students (by) showing them around."
In the classroom, Emma was a diligent worker, often going above and beyond to get work done, she said.
Emma was presented with a medal and certificate by Westpac Gore agribusiness analyst Debbie Hunter during Sir Peter Blake leader week.
Heriot School joined about 220 other schools around New Zealand who took part in the annual awards programme, which aims to recognise youth leadership in action.
Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive Shelley Campbell said Sir Peter, through his own achievements and leadership, inspired all New Zealanders to dare to dream and to have the drive and determination to make their dreams a reality.
"The Young Leader Awards are a great way to recognise and build confidence in our young people, and show them that they're on the right track, so that they may one day go on to be a future New Zealand leader."
Westpac Gore branch manager Joanne Wright said the bank was right behind cultivating New Zealand's future leaders.
"Our Young Leader Award winners can be exceptionally proud of what they've achieved."