A Waverley teenager's work with youth was recognised at an awards ceremony held in Wellington last night.
Abbey Luff is the only Taranaki recipient of a Youth Week award which was given out to 24 others from around New Zealand in recognition of the work they do in their communities.
Luff said she was humbled by the award, which she received seven nominations for.
"I was privileged to win," the 19-year-old said.
Luff, who travelled to Wellington to attend the ceremony, said she got a lot out of the work she did with young people.
"Just seeing that the youth are enjoying what they are doing and that they have something to do," she said.
One of the biggest events she had planned to date was a triathlon in March which was attended by about 60 people. Her next project is to host a quiz night in the town.
Luff, who is in her last year of study towards a Diploma in Business at UCOL in Whanganui, said she wanted to develop a career around her passion.
"I'd like to keep working with youth," she said.
Luff said one of the people who inspired her was Whanganui MP Chester Borrows although she had yet to meet him.
"He always thinks about the youth and what they're doing and what's best for them," she said.
The inaugural awards coincide with Youth Week, which runs until May 25.
- Taranaki Daily News
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