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Tiaki's Journey

"Before coming to St Paul's, it did not even cross my mind about going to university but here I am attending Canterbury University."
15 May 2023
Written by Andrea Douglas


Futures Fund

St Paul's has been nothing but beneficial for me because of the quality of teachers, guidance counsellors and coaches. I loved the fact that to play sports your grades and attitude in the class must be up to standard.  Sport is played for only a short time in your life, so it is important to be just as committed in class.

Reflecting on my time has made me realise how grateful I am. In 2018 when I first attended St Paul’s, I was nervous and shy but an excited boy from Northland not knowing what to expect. Although it was a hard decision to leave behind everything, I had up North, I knew it was going to have a positive impact on my life. 

In Year 13 I became a full school prefect and head of Williams House. I was very proud to lead the school haka after learning it in Year 11.  I became a member of the Over the Fence Ministry, a programme where St Paul’s students spend lunchtimes helping the local low decile primary schools – Bankwood and Fairfield. We would coach sport, help with reading and music or simply eat lunch with the students. I loved the mentoring as it kept me grounded and reminded me of where I am from and how far I had come. Someday I hope to be able to financially help kids that are just like me.

Five years ago, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today.  None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the Future Leader's Scholarship and my sponsor.  

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