21 year old, Young Volunteer wins Coastguard Award


Mana local, Kate Stewart, has won the 2020 Coastguard Supporter Young Volunteer of the Year Award.

Every year Coastguard recognises its young volunteers from across the country who give up their evenings, weekends and many hours of their time to save lives at sea.  They are selfless young heroes committed and dedicated to helping others.

Kate has been volunteering for Coastguard since she was 16 years old. Now, five years on, she is a well-respected senior crew member and has recently qualified as a Coastguard Instructor. Starting out as a quiet trainee Kate has blossomed into a confident young leader.

The winner of the Coastguard Supporter Young Volunteer of the Year Award is ‘the people’s choice’ decided by donors and supporters of Coastguard. This year there were four very deserving finalists from around the country, with Kate receiving the most votes to win.

The crew at Coastguard Mana, say Kate, who is also a student paramedic, has developed into a confident, knowledgeable and mature young leader. She inspires others with her dedication and professionalism.  

Kate has won an Outward Bound course that will further develop her leadership and build on the skillset she has gained through Coastguard.

Young volunteers are the future of Coastguard, but in some parts of the country the charity is short of new recruits. Click here for more information about volunteering for Coastguard.


Thanks to our life-saving partners:
  • Auckland Council
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Hutchwilco
  • Marine Deals
  • Tower
  • Kordia
  • Hyundai
  • Line7
  • Century Batteries
  • Half Moon Bay
  • NZCT
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity