The future of Rotorua is in good hands if last night's Rotorua Young Achievers ceremony is anything to go by.

The awards are in their 28th year and this year more than 2100 students were nominated by their schools for their contribution to their school and community, academic, cultural, sports and leadership skills.

The exhibition of photos, taken by Rotorua photographer Andrew Warner, will be on display at Pak n Save from October 23 to November 9 and at the Rotorua Library from the November 12 until December 7.

Hohaia Macfarlane performed at the Rotorua Young Achievers.

Since the awards have been going, more than 1250 students have been nominated and photographed.

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This year the students themselves took responsibilty for the awards, with some students taking over MC duties and some performing.

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said there was a range of community participation.

"It was a night showcasing our youth talents in so many ways.

"It began with a pohiri by Rotorua Lakes High and moved at a sharp pace.

"We were collectively proud of what our schools and parents enable in their children's learning pathways. What we saw bodes well for our school community.

"Young Achievers ran the programme their way. It was crisp and professional.

"The photos and video that Andrew Warner produced were pictures that told 46 stories. We look forward to growing our own alumni stories - a new touch added by Pita Anaru the deputy chairman of Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust," Chadwick said.

Warner said it took two-and-a-half weeks to photograph and video all 46 students.

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"They're amazing kids," Warner said.

Rotorua Boys' High School head boy Hohaia Macfarlane, who also performed an aria at the event, said it was an honour to be among other Young Achievers alumni.

"Since Year 9 I've seen all the Boys' High young achievers on the walls of our main building. Quite an honour to think I'll be up there myself."

Rotorua Young Achievers 2018 - full list
- Jack Apperley
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, School and Community Service

- Anipatene Biddle
Te Kura O Te Koutu
Excellence: School Leadership, Academic Performance,
Maori Cultural Performing Arts, Community Service and Public Speaking

- Teina Cassidy
Rotorua Girls' High School
Leadership, Academic, Arts, Sports, Service to School and Community

- Kairangi Cox
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in Leadership

- Manny Crawford
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and General Excellence

- Alice Croucher
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Tyla Davis Leo
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Takeshi Endo
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and General Excellence

- Julia Florence
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement, Sporting

- Sophie Glasgow
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, School and Community Service

- Bailey Gordon
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Sport

- Daniel Gray
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and Academic Excellence

- Hayley Hope
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement, Academic

- Te Waoriki Hunia
Murupara Area School
Cultural, Leadership and School Environment

- Fern Irvine
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic

- Emma Jackson
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in School and Community Leadership

- Sion Kang
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Warna Karunanayake
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Te Ao Leach
Rotorua Girls' High School
Leadership, Academic, Arts, Cultural, Sports, Service to School, Community
and Global Representation

- Jason Lee
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Georgia Lovegrove
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement

- Hohaia Macfarlane
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadershp, Academic Achievement and Excellence in Performing Arts

- Jalen Massey
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Sport, School and Community Service

- Waitahi McGee
Reporoa College
Leadership, Cultural, Performing Arts and Academic

- Joape Nagera
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and Academic Excellence

- Ana Nagera
Rotorua Girls High School
Sports, Arts, Cultural, Service to Community

- Leroy Nurkka
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in Leadership, Visual Arts & Performing Arts

- Selesitino Ravutaumada
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and Excellence in Sport

- Euan Robinson
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in Academic Achievement

- Danielle Selwyn
Rotorua Girls' High School
Leadership, Arts, Cultural, Sports, Service to School and Community and
Global Representation

- Titoki Shelford
Te Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi
Academic, Kapa Haka, Maori Performing Arts

- Juyong Shin
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Academic, Cultural, School and Community Service

- Samuel Smallbone
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement, Sporting

- Cullen Smith
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement, Sporting

- Simon Smith
John Paul College
Community/School Involvement, Academic

- Poukohe Sorenson-Tawhara
Rotorua Boys' High School
Leadership and Excellence in Sport and Performing Arts

- Hana Stubbing
John Paul College
Sporting, Community/School Involvement

- Te Ohongaake Swanson-Hall
John Paul College
Cultural, Sporting

- Hemaia Tauroa-Apete
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Sport, School and Community Service

- Hikawai Te Nahu
Te Kura Kaupapa O Ruamata
Academic, Cultural, Sporting

- Brooklyn Tomo
Western Heights High School
Leadership, Sport, School and Community Service

- Maria Trass
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in Leadership, Performing Arts, School & Community Involvement

- Fisher Wang
John Paul College
Community/ School Involvement

- Keagan Wharemate
Reporoa College
Leadership and Sport

- Te Ririu Williams
Rotorua Girls' High School
Leadership, Arts, Service to School and Community

- Tangaroa Yorke
Rotorua Lakes High School
Excellence in Cultural Leadership, School & Community Leadership