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National award for Tok' High School head girl
South Waikato News, Waikato  by Luke Kirkeby
01 Nov 2017
General News - page 8 - 208 words - ID 867348324 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 215.00cm2

Tokoroa High School head girl Lahaina Solomon has become the national "star" of a student peer mentoring programme.

The 18 year old was one of two New Zealand students to receive awards for Outstanding Contribution from a Peer Mentor during the Graeme Dingle Foundation's 2017 Excellence Awards held at Government House in Auckland.

The recognition follows Lahaina's involvement with the Stars mentoring programme where student leaders work with Year 9 students to make their transition from intermediate to high school easier.

Earlier this year she also received a regional award for her involvement.

"It was a real shock but a huge honour as I was the only Cook Island Maori student there which was awesome," she said.

"Oji are the main sponsor at our school with Kinleith Mill just there and they presented the award so it was really interesting being able to relate to them as well and actually be able to have a conversation."

"There were a lot of privileged guests such as the governor general along with her bodyguards, sponsors from the programme, and lots of representatives from the Green Party so it was a really great experience," she said.

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Tokoroa High School head girl Lahaina Solomon with her excellence awards. LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

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