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Mr de Bres presented the girls with certificates yesterday to honour their stance.
"Your message to stand up for yourself is clear. You acted with real dignity and calm and quietly stood up for what you thought when dealing with such rubbish from Wanganui's mayor.
"There has been a huge response from around the country for what you did. I hope the minister in charge of this issue will decide to correct the spelling," Mr de Bres said.
He believed the way they had dealt with criticism was an example for everyone in New Zealand.
Ngarui Wihongi-Manukau, Rautini Thompson, Maria Logan-Richards, Amokura Rangiheueu, Teina Davis and Te Rangiamohia Nikora-Davis were disappointed Mr Laws had failed to respond to issues they had raised about the spelling of the town and asked him to apologise."
"Although shy about receiving the honour, the girls said they were pleased they had stood up for themselves and would do so again."Awesome. This is our future and it is great.