2020 Blues Awards Winners
Over 100 Blues, including nine major awards, were awarded to students across four categories - Sports, Arts and Culture, Service and Leadership, and Innovation.
Major Award Winners
Award for the Most Meritorious Innovation
Taylor Grey co-founded Radic Performance, the first company in the world to dedicate themselves the design and manufacturing of 3D printed mountain bike brakes, designed and made in NZ.
Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Arts and Cultural)
Postgraduate student Abdallah was was finalist in the student category of the reowned 2019 Interior Awards for the design project ' Te Papa North' which was also recognised at the Best Awards with a Gold Pin for spatial excellence. Abdallah was also highly commended at the Auckland Architecture Association's Visionary Architecture for his work 'Faith in Fiordland' which was also profiled in the magazine Architecture NZ and as the cover story for the March New Zealand Listener Magazine. The work was created in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack and was described as being "premised on inclusivity and inspired with optimism"
Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution (Service and Leadership)
Sita Tarini Clark
Sita initiated and led a significant fundraising event for the CatWalk Trust, New Zealand’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust. ThirtyEight in 38 involved a team individually climbing Mauao (Mount Maunganui) 38 times, the equivalent height of Mount Everest, in 38 hours. The team raised publicity for people living with spinal cord injury in NZ, with social media and radio campaigns and exposure in print media as well as $33,674.81 in support of their mission.
Major Pasifika Award
Arts student Sulu was a member of the 2019 Central Pulse Netball Team that won the ANZ Netball Premiership. She was also selected in the 2019/2020 Silver Ferns Netball Development Squad and named as a non-travelling reserve for the Silver Ferns team in the 2019 Netball World Cup. This year, Sulu is a member of the Northern Mystics Netball team and the Silver Ferns Netball team.
Sportsman of the Year and Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Sport)
Engineering student Michael earnt silver at 2019 World Rowing Championships in Men's Pair, Austria. Additionally he received the Men's Pair Silver and Bronze at World Rowing Cups Two and Three respectively.
Sportswoman of the Year
Brianna is a Bachelor of Commerce student and sailor who, with her team mate, placed 15th at the 2019 470 World Championship in Enoshima in Japan, 7th at the Enoshima World Cup and 1st with the female team at the 2020 470 NZ Championships. Brianna is also part of the duo that qualified to represent New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics in the 470 Womens Class.
Major Māori Award
Bachelor of Sport student Isla competed in the New Zealand Rugby Red Bull Ignite 7's Tournament and New Zealand Rugby 7's National Tournament, placing first and third respectively. Isla was also named the most valuable player for the second year at the Ignite Tournament. She was invited to the New Zealand Black Ferns 7's development team. Isla is also a current New Zealand Open Women's Touch Black, competing at the 2020 Trans-Tasman Tournament.
Anna, a student in the Facutly of Science, was selected to represent New Zealand in the T64 100m and T64 200m at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, placing 7th in the 200m final and 14th overall in the 100m - a new Oceania Area Record.
Service and Leadership winners
|Sita Tarini Clark||Funder for CatWalk Trust - New Zealand’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.|
|Simon Matāfai||Samoan radio producer and international representative|
|Afiqah Ramizi||National Vice President for New Zealand International Students Association|
|Chas Samoa||Choreographer, dancer and director|
|David Saul||National Director of Bnei Akiva New Zealand and Auckland Hebrew Congregation Board Member|
|Moses Tanielu||Community Firefighter|
|Caterina Barton|| National League Case Competition
Global Microfinance Case Competition
EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Competition
|Taylor Grey||Founder of Radic Performance|
|Tribhuvan Krishnan||Business Case Competitions|
|George Liu||SBS National League Case Competition|
|Sasha Mates||My Auto Shop|
|Connor McDowall||Chulalongkorn International Business Case Competition|
|Jordan Parratt||UBC Sauder International Real Estate Case Competition|
|Paul Rassie||My Auto Shop|
|Vincent Wong||My Auto Shop|
Arts and Cultural winners
|Atareta Black||Kapa Haka|
|Jingyuan (Cindy) Huang||Architecture|
|Alexander King||Music - Tuba|
|Grace McKenzie||Music - Violin|
|Victoria Medina||Dance - Hip Hop|
|Kahukiwi Piripi||Kaupapa Māori Mooting|
|Shaanil Senarath-Dassanayake||Voice - A Capella|
|Nishaa Senarath-Dassanayake||Voice - A Capella|
|Dion Westrupp||Kapa Haka|
|Imogen Ayris||Athletics - Pole Vault|
|Samalulu Clifton||Canoe Racing|
|Chantelle Conroy||Water Polo|
|Matthew Henry||Inline Hockey|
|Alexander Kiechle-Cornish||Rock Climbing|
|Gabby Macdonald||Water Polo|
|Lucy Matehaere||Canoe Sprint|
|Katie McKenty||Water Polo|
|Gabrielle Milicich||Water Polo|
|Keegan Pitcher||Para Athletics - Track|
|Anna Steven||Para Athletics - Track|
|Savanna Stirling||Equestrian - Eventing|
|Kim Thompson||Canoe Sprint|