2019 Blues Awards Winners

The 2019 Blues Awards ceremony was held on Friday 27 September at the Pavilion on Old Government House lawn. Eight major awards, and 130 Blues, were given to students who achieved in sports, the arts and culture, innovation, and service and leadership.

Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution (Innovation) 

Rebecca Jelley 
Rebecca co-founded the Ultimate Bowls Championship as a way to revitalise the sport of lawn bowls. She introduced a new format that allowed scoring off every bowl and increased the speed of the game. She also made technological improvements through the use of LED screens, and tablets for umpires. The company’s first event this year attracted over 1 million television viewers from around the world.

Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Arts and Cultural) 

Clovis McEvoy
Clovis was selected to present on the subject of compositional practice for visual music at the highly selective Electroacoustic Music Studies Network conference in Florence. His ‘A Study in Virtual Reality – Active Observation’ was presented at the International Computer Music Conference in South Korea. The prestigious conference has been running for 44 years and is the preeminent annual gathering for computer music researchers and practitioners from around the world. Clovis was also selected to exhibit at the MusInfo Conference in Bourges and the Diffrazioni Music Festival in Florence.

Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution (Service and Leadership)


Major Pasifika Award 

Sivendra Michael
Sivendra delivers social leadership training across communities in New Zealand and the Pacific as one of only eight master facilitators for the Active Citizens global programme. He works with local youth organisations on building trust and understanding around issues that concern their communities. In 2018, he secured more than $NZ 50,000 in grants for the programme. Sivendra is a young leader who is passionate about meaningful participation and has represented young Pasifika people at many international events.  He has been shortlisted for the Young Global Leaders 2020 and the One Young World Queen Fellow. He prioritises serving his community, despite the challenging schedule involved with pursuing PhD studies.

Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Sport) for Taekwondo


Sportsman of the Year 

Riley Phillips-Harris
Riley competed in the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup in 2018 and came away as a gold medallist and World Cup Champion in -78kg sparring. He was ranked number one in the world in 2018. In 2019, Riley competed in the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Germany, making it to the quarter finals. Riley is currently ranked eighth in the world.

Sportswoman of the Year 

Isla Norman-Bell
Isla has competed in touch football and rugby sevens. She was a member of the NZ Touch Blacks Open Women's Team that competed at the Touch World Cup in Malaysia. In 2019, she also played in the NZ Warriors NRL Touch Premiership Open Women’s Team and the NZ Black Ferns 7s Development Team, which competed in Japan and New Zealand.

Major Māori Award 

Turuhira Hotene
Turuhira performed alongside her rōpū Ngā Tumanako at Te Matatini ki te Ao (the biennial national kapa haka championship). This year, Wellington hosted 48 teams from New Zealand and Australia in a five-day competition. Ngā Tumanako made the final and went on to be crowned World Champions of Kapa Haka for 2019. As a result of winning, Ngā Tumanako were invited to fly to China in September and Hawaii in June to perform at the World Polynesian Festival. 

Sports winners

Name Activity
Abby Murphy Futsal
Altaaf Ali Ultimate Frisbee
Amy Roberston Athletics
Andi Shen Liu Fencing
Anna Crosby Ultimate Frisbee
Anna Dolan Ultimate Frisbee
Annmarie Holst Squash
Bradlee Wong Judo
Brianna Stephenson Athletics
Britney Ford Canoe Sprint
Bruce Ng Ultimate Frisbee
Catherine Layburn Rowing
Chantelle Conroy Water Polo
Christine Chen Fencing
Daniel Keleghan Fencing
Dylan Schmidt Trampolining
Ela Hyatt Brown Hockey
Emily Cavell Archery
Erena Wikaire Touch
Gabriella MacDonald Water Polo
Gabrielle Milicich Water Polo
Helen Miriam Evans Lacrosse
Imogen Ayris Pole Vault
Imogen Skelton Athletics
Isla Grace Moana Norman-Bell Touch Football, Rugby Sevens
Jacey Elizabeth Cropp Triathlon, Swimming
James Steyn Pole Vault
Jamie Hume Netball
Jenny Ling Ultimate Frisbee
Jordan Stevenson Sailing (Match Racing)
Kim Thompson Canoe Sprint/ Surf Lifesaving
Kristopher Ato Middleton Touch Football
Lara Molloy Orienteering
Lillian Parker Ultimate Frisbee
Logan Dunning Beck Yachting
Loran Parker Softball
Mariana Winiana Touch Football
Max McLachlan Sailing
Maxine Cooper Futsal
Millar Mercer Ultimate Frisbee
Naji Ghamri Futsal
Natasha Eady Athletics
Nicholas Kazunari Rowsby Karate
Nicholas Stankovich Water Polo
Oscar Guo Badminton
Oscar Williams Surf Lifesaving
Paige Grant-Huggett Rhythmic Gymnastics
Peter Vodanovich Motorsport
Rebecca Cole Canoe Sprint
Reece Leite Long Range Target Shooting
Riley Phillips-Harris Taekwon-Do
Ryan Pike Water Polo
Ryan Smith Ultimate Frisbee
Saachi Shahri Cricket
Sam Barnett Yachting
Samuel Hudson Archery
Sarah Morton Football
Shehnaz Hussain Powerlifting
Shivanthi Anthony Futsal
Sunny Zhou Ultimate Frisbee
Tariel Lamb Cricket
Te Ariki Te Puni Rugby Union
Tessa Leong Futsal
Tyla Grafas Lacrosse
Vaughan Somerville Futsal
William McKenzie Yachting

Arts and Cultural winners

Name  Activity
Benjamin Seto Mediation
Clovis McEvoy Composer
Diana Qiu Mooting
Diane Huh Violin
Emily Hildesheim Young Vocal
Emma Richardson Debating
Enoka Wehi Kapa Haka
Finn Forstner Architecture
Frank Chen Piano
Grace Leehan Viola/Violin
Isabelle Kwek Mediation
Jack Potaka Kapa Haka
Jae Jun Kim Mooting
Jeremy Priest Architecture
Jillin Yan Mooting
Jireh Lalotoa Peniata Dance
Jodie Llewellyn Mediation
Karan Kalsi Debating
Kerira Tapene Kapa Haka
Kun Ding Architecture
Louis Norton International Commercial Mediation
Madison Hughes International Commercial Mediation
Maggie Mengzhi Zhang Singing
Marianna (Naeun) Kang Piano
Matthew Bennett Singing
Max Ashmore Mooting
Michael Greatrex Mooting
Naushyn Janah Mooting
Rachel Buckman Mooting
Rachel Thomas Percussion
Sharuka Wikramanayake Debating
Susie McCluskey International Commercial Mediation
Tui Kaumoana Kapa Haka
Turuhira Hotene Kapa Haka
Umbar Kaur Sandhu Debating
Yao Dong Mooting
Zachary Chambers Debating

Service and Leadership winners

Lexie Qiao
Lucy Cowie
Naomi Grey
Sivendra Michael
Tristan Pang
Yue Lin
Zak Devey

Innovation winners

Name Activity
Amaan Merchant Global Microfinance Competition
Anzel Singh Socius
Arash Tayebi Kara Technologies
Arianna Bacic Loyaltrees
Benjamin Jonathan Seto EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Case Competition, Trans-Tasman Case Competition
Christopher Walker Electroclear Ltd
Connor Talbot ProsthetiX
Emma Kerr Chulalongkorn International Case Competition
Henry Frear Loyaltrees
Kendall Wu National Strategy Consulting Competition 
Matthew Canham Geemo
Noel D'Souza EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Case Competition
Patrin Illenberger Electroclear Ltd
Rebecca Jelley Ultimate Bowls
Sara Marsden EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Case Competition 
Sarah Mwashomah Socius
Sulin Phee EY Asia-Pacific Cyber Case Competition 
Winnie Chau Trans-Tasman Case Competition
Yan Li (Jenny) Liu Global Microfinance Competition
Ziyi (Jacky) Zheng Pataka Project