Ezekiel Raui isn’t your average teenager. He was raised in the tiny Northland town of Taipa, he saw his community hurting after a string of suicides and set up a peer support group to help, and decided to do something about it.
He was only 14.
Since then he’s set up an ambassadors programme to connect northland kids with mentors, won the Hawea Vercoe scholarship, and he travelled to the white house to meet the Obamas.
He’s been nominated in the young leader section at the Inaugural Matariki Awards this Sunday.
Ezekiel joined Paul Henry on Monday.