‘I want to be what youth, especially Pasifika need to see in the world.’
Okirano Tilaia, Age 17
We're proud to announce Okirano Tilaia as the winner of the BLAKE Leader Award - Youth Category, presented by Westpac.
In just 17 years, Oki has shown leadership within his community, school, sport and culture. Motivated by a desire to give back to his community and beyond, it's easy to see how Oki has become a voice for youth, Pasifika and the environment.
Alongside his many achievements, Oki demonstrated his remarkable leadership abilities when he stepped up and initiated a large community response following the tragedy in March this year. Through his acts of service, he created an opportunity to connect, give and show love.