Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2009 NT Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Ngaree Ah Kit

Town: Karama
State: Northern Territory

Young Indigenous leader

Ngaree Ah Kit is a young woman of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Chinese descent who is passionate about encouraging other young people to take a leadership role in the community. She is the Chairperson of the Top End NAIDOC Committee and voluntarily coordinated the 2007 NAIDOC Week youth events in Darwin where she addressed the crowd, speaking of the Prime Minister’s apology to the Stolen Generation and the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention. Ngaree said, ‘Some may like this Intervention, some may not, but what is important is the improvement it has made for the lifestyle of our people.’

Her advocacy for Indigenous affairs has seen her take on numerous roles, including becoming a member of the National Indigenous Leadership Group, the local Youth Round Table, and the Board of Danila Dilba, a non-profit organisation that provides health services to the Indigenous population. Ngaree is employed as a Support Business Officer in the Australian Government, and is studying part-time for a Bachelor of Business at Charles Darwin University. She works tirelessly to encourage Indigenous people to participate in the decision-making processes that affect them and make a real difference.