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Ray White Allens Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Ray White Allens Education Foundation is an approved charitable trust offering scholarships annually to Northland youth who demonstrate a passion for excellence and are looking to achieve their career goals through further education and training. The Foundation was established by the team in 2006 to encourage and assist young Northlanders who are aspiring to be the best they can be.  Since inception we have given away more than $86,000 in scholarships to over 71 young Northlanders. This year six scholarship recipients were selected from an impeccable field of applicants representing schools and families from across Northland.

Mathew Espiner

Mathew is a Prefect at Whangarei Boys High School. He is hard working and diligent, constantly striving to improve.  Matt is an academically driven student and a passionate supporter of various sports. He has been described as a positive and determined young man with high spirit and enthusiasm. He possesses the necessary problem solving skills and accuracy essential to a career in Engineering through his ability to find alternative ways to achieve difficult tasks. He plans to study for a Bachelor in Engineering (Civil),

 “Matt was an exceptionally well behaved student who showed compassion, empathy and willingness to give his best in all that he did” (Senior Teacher)

Krystal Ryan

Krystal is Head Girl at Bream Bay College. Her affinity with the ocean has led to her to enrol in a Diploma in Marine Studies. She balances her time between school responsibilities, leadership positions, coaching football, paid work and volunteer life guard duties. Her dream is to be an agent of change on the behaviours of New Zealanders towards the ocean so that marine ecology is protected and respected yet sustainable. She has done everything within her power to be an inspiring, successful student, an outstanding citizen and responsible community member.

“Krystal is an exemplary student who is destined to perform at high levels in her future studies and life endeavours. She is a great community minded person, hardworking, witty, humorous, positive and conscientious.” (Deputy Principal)

Samantha McSweeney

Samantha is an Elite Honours student and Prefect at Kerikeri High School. She has represented the school through music, gymnastics, athletics, netball and swimming while also tutoring a flute student. Amongst her long list of accomplishments, she was joint winner of the 2014 Prime Ministers Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award and awarded the Best Jazz Festival Flautist at the Tauranga Jazz Festival. Samantha has spent many hours perfecting her technique and musicianship passing multiple Royal examinations with honours and winning competitions both regionally and nationally. She wants to study a Bachelor of Music with the goal of becoming a registered Music Teacher.

“Samantha is an outstanding student, she constantly maintains a high level of motivation and diligence, she sets a good example for other students and shows promising leadership” (Principal)

“Her deep love of the flute, and of music itself, is an integral part of who she is” (Music Teacher)

Madison Brooke

Madison is a Prefect at Pompallier Catholic College. She has always been a diligent and focussed student of the highest calibre, balancing school commitments with leadership roles, sports (rowing, swimming, netball), community and part time work. Her passion for health, healthy lifestyles and sport has encouraged her to study Physiotherapy in the hope of working with high performance sports teams in the future.

“Madison is a well-mannered, confident, determined and polite young woman who not only accepts responsibility well, but willingly volunteers for responsibility when she sees the need arise” (Year13 Dean)

“Maddi is self-motivated and loves pushing herself physically and mentally” (Rowing Coach)

Jayden Rudolph

Jayden is Prefect and Head Boy of Bream Bay College. He is an outstanding academic student and a top performer in the dance/drama arena. Jayden has always been very passionate about performing, whether it be dance, vocals or theatre. He is heavily involved in performing arts around the community and performs at regional, national and international levels. His aim is to become a successful performer and to ultimately create a World Leading Performing Arts Centre in NZ.

“Jayden is always interested in looking out for others…. He sets himself high standards and then goes about achieving them” (Principal)

Tia Saunders

Tia is a Prefect at Whangarei Girls High School. She is a top academic student with outstanding attitude. In addition to her various academic and leadership roles, Tia is involved in a large range of sports, including Captain of the WGHS Cricket Team and Northland Secondary Schools Team (being awarded 2015/2016 Girls Bowler and also Player of the Year), and member of the school’s squash team (also a qualified Kiwisquash coach). She wants to use creative thinking to solve problems and is interested in projects that help people in their everyday lives. Tia intends to study for a Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Biomedical.

“She is a polite, modest young woman with a high level of integrity. Tia is a highly motivated, diligent student who will persevere to achieve the high standards she sets for herself” (Principal)

Rebekah Robb

Rebekah is a Prefect at Whangarei Girls High. She strives for excellence and is constantly searching for opportunities to extend her learning and skills. She is enthusiastic, compassionate and hardworking. Rebekah is an outstanding language student receiving a Ministry of Education Language Immersion Award. She is a respected school leader, student Dance Teacher and volunteer youth leader. Rebekah is very excited to be enrolling for a Bachelor of Nursing and hopes to practice nursing in third world countries to provide them with much needed medical attention.

“Her genuine love of people and ability to bring out the best in everyone is inspiring and a big part of her success as a leader. Her bubbly, outgoing nature and ever ready smile exemplify this young woman with her ‘glass is half full’ attitude to life” (Principal)

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2015 Scholarship Recipients

Hikiama Taulangau

Hikiama is Head Girl for Okaihau College and fully deserves the honour. She is an exceptional student well respected by the school and wider community. Hikiama balances her study, work, school, church and community involvements impressively while also giving support to her mother and siblings.  Hikiama is a very mature, responsible young woman who is focused on her long term goal in a health career supporting her community. She has applied for Health Science at Otago University.

“Her strength of character shines through her humility and is polished by her Tongan background” (Teacher)

“Hikiama is a natural leader and I believe in time she will be a doctor working in her community” (Careers Advisor)

Megan Brewster

Meghan is Head Girl and Senior School Academic Leader for 2015 at Ruawai College. In addition to her many school responsibilities, Megan is also a volunteer netball coach and umpire, volunteer for community volleyball, a qualified firefighter and works at a local bar/restaurant. She has a real passion for paramedicine and significantly contributes to her local rural community. Megan is to attend AUT and major in Paramedicine.
“I have found Megan to be an extremely gifted and talented student who always maintained a hardworking and diligent approach…and constantly strives to improve” (Senior Dean).

“Megan is a willing and enthusiastic brigade member and shows a level of maturity beyond her years” (Deputy Chief Fire Officer)

Kelly Still

Kelly is a Year 13 Prefect at Whangarei Girls High School. She is a dedicated young lady and a top scholar with strong personal drive. She has an aspiration to make some difference in the world by pursuing a career in Dentistry and ultimately play a part in helping to reduce the lack of access to dental services for Northlanders. Her warm and friendly nature and natural air of calmness would be an advantage when dealing with nervous children.

“She is unfailingly diligent, organized and positive in the way she approaches her academic work….I am excited to see the bright future that awaits Kelly, as she has the attitude and attributes to be a successful leader today and into the future” (Form Teacher)

Greer Moor

Greer is an outstanding student at Kerikeri High School well respected by her peers. She is determined to succeed and balances school, sporting and community commitments as well as a part-time job. Greer was the joint winner of the inaugural 2014 Prime Minister’s Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award, and a finalist for the 2015 Sport Northland Junior Volunteer of the Year.  Greer has a fascination for rehabilitation and improving performance. She begins her teriary education at AUT studying a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (majoring in Physiotherapy) with the long term goal of becoming a Sports Psychologist.

“Greer is a polite, focused, highly competent student and a consistent achiever who is friendly and hard working… we hold her in very high regard” (Principal)

Evangeline Liddicoat

Evangeline is a top student and Head Girl at Kaitaia College. She sets high personal and academic standards contributing to all aspects of school life, including Whanau Group Leader, Sports Council, Senior Council and participating in a wide variety of sports. She has been described as “intelligent, diligent and empathetic to those about her”.  Evangeline has a burning desire to become a doctor where she can help people experience the best quality of life possible. Her long term goal is to become to a qualified Physician specializing in neurology and the repair of brain function.

“Her tenacity and determination means that she works very hard to achieve and does not let obstacles become barriers…this young lady is one of Northland’s best” (Assistant Principal)

Kesia Coutts

Kesia is Head Girl and Head Prefect at Kamo High School. She is a conscientious student with considerable sporting prowess. Kesia has received Year 9 and Year 12 Deans Awards, Player of the Year, Most Dedicated Player, Team Spirit Awards and Sportswoman of the Year.  In addition to school responsibilities, Kesia supports the community through sports coaching and volunteering. She is also a surf lifeguard and instructor.  She has chosen a Bachelor of Physical Education at Auckland University with the long term goal of teaching P.E./Health in line with her passion for sports and fitness.

“She is an admirable young woman who is focused and demonstrates the maturity needed to successfully adapt to any situation” (Assistant Principal)

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Sophie Short

Sophie is a Foundation pupil of Huanui College and their first Head Girl. She has strong personal drive balancing school commitments with a multitude of community activities – such as Student Council, Whangarei District Council Youth Advisory Group, Onerahi Community Association, Whangarei Netball Centre Leadership and has even liaised with the school nutritionist to help benefit the junior Sports Academy.  She is passionate about health, sports and nutrition, and wants to improve the health of Northlanders. It is for this reason that she has applied to Otago University to complete a Bachelor degree in Human Nutrition with a further goal of a Masters Degree in Dietetics.

“Sophie is the epitome of ‘old head on young shoulders’ and… has a natural air of calmness which attracts people to her, knowing that she will be fair and kind to them” (Principal)

Holly Meese

Holly is an outstanding student at Pompallier College having achieved Level 1 & 2 NCEA with excellence endorsements and placed on the Honours Roll for academic attainment. Following her interest in the environment, she will begin her tertiary education at Auckland University to study a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and Environmental Science. Holly wants to contribute to the sustainable future of New Zealand and make a difference in the world.  In addition to her duties as Prefect, Holly has been involved in various community activities. As part of the school’s environment group she participated in establishing a recycling system which involved meetings with Whangarei District Council and Eco Solutions. She has also attended the Northland Youth Summit Programme and worked on projects aimed towards making Whangarei a more youth-friendly place.

“What sets Holly apart is not only her determination and effort to succeed but also her endurance and attention to detail in her work.” (Lecturer)

Josh Kiwikiwi

Josh from Whangarei Boys High is a top scholar, artist, talented musician and singer. Last year he was awarded the prestigious Barry Willott Art Award and Year12 Top Creative Arts Trophy.  As a young Maori student and evolving artist, Josh is keen to further his education in Fine Arts or Visual Arts and Design, and majoring in painting and sculpting. His dream would be to work in prosthetics, FX character artistry or the film industry.  Josh is already known locally for his art work and has also assisted with several Whangarei initiatives – for example volunteering his time to ‘Paint the Town’ and ‘Whangarei Youth Space’.

“My personal interests would be to find who I am as an artist, expanding my compositional and conceptual thinking and creative process to communicate ideas visually, whilst enhancing my growing skill sets to find my own sense of style” (Josh)

Bree Martinac

Bree is a Prefect and Deputy Head Girl at Tauraroa Area School. She is passionate about agriculture and wants to study a Bachelor of Agricommerce, with a dream of one day owning her own farm.  Bree has battled dyslexia and is an example of how enthusiasm and hard work bring results. In addition to academic success, she has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and is a key member president of the Teen Ag group. She received the Citizenship award for years 11-13.   Also Bree is an active and successful sportswomen (awarded Sportswomen of the Year at Manaia Swim Club and has competed at local level in Horse show jumping and hunting). She also volunteers as a surf lifeguard and has offered swimming lessons to the primary students this year.

”Bree always gives her best in everything she undertakes. Indeed Bree is known for her positive ‘can-do’ approach and is willing to go the extra mile if needed.”  (Teacher/Dean)

Kane Turketo

Kane is a Prefect at Tikipunga High School and has enrolled at Auckland University in Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy).  He is an outstanding sportsman, and is identified as one of 14 top young Northland sportspeople. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Kane is interested in sports medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. He wishes to see the joy that the patients get when they are succeeding in recovery and overcoming difficult challenges.  Kane has volunteered for the Northland District Health Board (Physio unit) and also the local community support group ‘Tiki Pride’. He has been a coach and volleyball representative (at regional, national & international level). For his many achievements, he received the Commitment and Focus award in 2013.

“(Kane) is able to discipline himself in the sporting arena and is a good role model to other young men and juniors around him. He plays with fairness and good grace, is respectful of his opposition and is always complementary of a good performance by his opponents.” (North Tec/ Coach)

Emily Houston

Emily attends Tikipunga High where she excels at drama and sports. Her passion is to mix learning and working with people, especially the younger generation. She has enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Whangarei Tai Tokerau campus.  Emily feels that teachers are often undervalued but they certainly shape our future. She quotes “the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires” (William Arthur Ward).  Emily is a driven hard-working student with talents ranging from inside the classroom to community level. She received the School Support Award for Year 9, 10 & 12 and attended an Outward Bound school leadership course. She has shown maturity beyond her years and is able to exercise diplomacy and patience when relating to others. She has volunteered at preschool & primary schools, SPCA (for 4 years), Rising Star Drama Club, and participated in the Leadership in League Programme.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Harry Linford

Pompallier Catholic College – Bachelor of Architecture
Harry, a Prefect at Pompallier College, is a conscientious and hard working student who achieves at a high level and encourages others to do the same.   As the eldest of six children, he is compassionate and supportive of others as evidenced by his various community involvements and coaching roles. – Also an accomplished athlete, Harry has been the Athletics and Cross Country Champion for the school for each year he has attended, and you may recognise him as the young man who is regularly seen running through Kensington, or crossing the finishing line at the various Sport Northland Run/Walk events.

Chris Soufflot

Kamo High School – Bachelor of Architecture
Chris has a passion for graphics and design which shone though in his application – and it was no surprise that he has applied for a Bachelor of Architecture at Victoria University.    The judges were impressed with his passion to challenge himself from a very young age – taking part in a multitude of extra curricular activities and responsibilities which has clearly provided him with a broad knowledge and skill base.  Chris mentions returning to Whangarei to be a part of the city’s development scheme – and talks about the great potential of the area.  We would certainly be proud to see him return – and no doubt run his own architecture firm here.

Cassy Osokin

Kerikeri High School – Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Biomedical Engineering. With an incredible ability to balance her studies, work and extracurricular activities while clearly succeeding in all that she commits to Cassy is a School Prefect with Elite Academic Honours and is heavily involved in both the school and community. She demonstrates she is more than able to balance a huge range of demands including the support of her family in times of adversity. Cassy is another delightful young student to graduate from Kerikeri High School, and an individual who will clearly go far, and succeed in all that she sets out to.

Jaime Newton

Bream Bay College – Bachelor of Medicine.  A highly motivated and compassionate person, Jaime wants to be able to make a positive change to the lifestyle and well being of rural communities and it’s her dream to become a general practitioner.  In addition to her many responsibilities as Head Girl at Bream Bay College, Jaime is not just a top academic student, but an outstanding all-rounder.  She has proven to be highly positive, driven, disciplined and generous of her time – and has worked as a first aid officer at the Waipu Cove Surf Lifesaving Club.  We were impressed with the high standards Jaime sets for herself – and the positive role model she is.  And we wish her all the best as she strives to make a difference in the lives of others.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Daniel Thompson

A keen interest in science and the human body matched with a genuine desire to help people has led Whangarei Boys’ High School Student, Daniel Thompson, to pursue a career in the medical profession – working as either an advanced paramedic or the fields of medicine and surgery.  With a genuine desire to help and work with people, Daniel is also personally affected by a heart condition – which saw him give up his own sporting interests.  This, matched with a genuine passion for science and people helped lead him to this profession.

Zac Doar

Kamo High School student, Zac Doar’s goal is to gain a degree where he can “teach others about languages as a window to the world and its varied cultures.” –  Ultimately keen to work as either an interpreter, translator, foreign language teacher, diplomat or embassy worker, Zac is planning on undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Language and Linguistics at Victoria University.

Chantelle Orchard

Passionate about animals – Chantelle, who has been home schooled, wishes to study to become a vet-nurse and ultimately use, her skills to teach communities how to look after their animals while continuing to be an inspiration to other pet owners and animal carers.

Sean Thorburn

One of this years’ Ray White Allens Education Foundation – NorthTec Scholarship Recipients, Sean Thorburn from Pompallier Catholic College, seeks a productive career in the fields of cinematography and video editing.  After media studies ceased at his school, Sean pursued his interest through other avenues – joining Channel North to further develop his skills.  Discovering a natural talent for video editing.

Louis Davis

Louis, from Whangarei Boys’ High School, wants to learn how to effectively work with people – recognising and cultivating the potential in others and learning how to create productive environments.  With a  challenging and enquiring mind he enjoys, and has demonstrated his ability to, work alongside people with a common goal to achieve amazing and unexpected results and is keen to further develop these skills by undertaking a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato University.

Kelly Springford

A family family experience led Whangarei Girls’High School Student, Kelly Springford, to choose nursing as a career path – one that she is keen to pursue locally at NorthTec. Excited for her future as a nurse Kelly looks forward to the challenges and experiences from which she can learn and grow in her role as a nurse to care for her patients to the best of her abilities.  She is then keen to further her skills overseas so that she can develop a better understanding of the many cultures we have inside our own communities here in New Zealand and bring back a stronger more diverse skill-set.

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Kevin Kruse

Kevin is a pssionate sportsman from Tikipunga High School. His main goal is to become a professional sportsperson (Golf) or P.E. teacher, and will be studying a Bachelor of Sport & Leisure at Waikato University.

Cole Johnston

Cole is a seventh generation Northlander from Kamo High. His passion for science and finding out how things work are the rationale for his choice to study for a Bachelor on Engineering in 2012.

Dane Dreyer

Dane is a budding young scientist from Dargaville High who is fascinated by the human psyche. She has applied to Otago University to complete a double degree majoring in Forensic Analytical Science and Social Anthropology.

Samantha Ellis

Samantha is from Bream Bay College. Being naturally inquisitive, Samantha has always been interested in science and has chosen to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Otago) or Biomedical Science (Auckland University).

Sylvan Kuczera

Having spent 7 years on his family’s sailing yacht, it is no surprise that his passion lies in all activities involving the sea. After completing studies at Kerikeri High School Sylvan will be attending the NZ Maritime School to study Marine Engineering.

Troy Horan

Troy, from Whangarei Boys High School, and has chosen a career in Engineering (Mechanical) which he sees as a practical outlet for combining his love of design and art.

2010 Scholarship Recipients

Bryn van Vliet

Bryn, a multi talented student from Kerikeri High School, has a passion for music and has chosen to study at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.  Already a talented musician, and five year veteran of the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival, Bryn plays alto-saxophone (as well as guitar, piano, saxophone, drums, trombone … and “any other instrument [he] can get his hands on”).

Reuben Hindriksen

Reuben came from Okaihau College.  He chose to attend Auckland UIT to complete a Bachelor of Communication Studies in order to fulfil his dream of working as a TV presenter or journalist.  He states “I see the influence the media has on people’s perspectives and lives.  I want the opportunity to be able to represent truth and integrity in an industry that can sometimes forget these values in the pursuit of a story.”

Samuel Frizelle

Sam went to Kamo High School.  His passion is for engineering – how things are made, how they work, and the science behind it.  He wants to be the one that runs towards a problem when others run away.  He planned to study Engineering (Mechatronics) at Auckland University.

Nicola Boyce-Bacon

Nicola came from Whangarei Girls High School.  With a strong interest in justice, the legal system and the natural environment, Nicola chose to study a conjoint degree in Law & Science at Victoria University majoring in environmental studies.  Her dream is to become a partner in a major law firm working on environmental issues.

Hannah Thompson

Hannah went to Whangarei Girls High School and planned to study a Bachelor of Dance Studies at Auckland University.  Hannah loves to dance – “Dance allows me to be myself, and it is when I am dancing that I can really speak to people without having to use words”.

Tariki Manawaiti

Tariki, from Tikipunga High School, has chosen to complete a Bachelor of Sport & Leisure at Waikato University followed by teacher training.

2009 Scholarship Recipients

Shelane Lomas

from Whangarei Girls High School. Shelane’s career goal is to gain a Bachelor Degree followed by a Masters in Architecture.  Her long-term goal is to “set up my own business that pushes the boundaries of modern architecture in NZ while creating warmer, drier and healthier buildings that maintain a reduced impact on the environment”.

Barney Olson

a multi talented student from Kerikeri High School with a passion for the theatre and performing arts. His career goal is to obtain a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce degree at Victoria University and combine this with further study in theatre.

Kawiti Jack Waetford

Kawiti has immense passion for singing and performing, and chose Otago University as a starting point to further develop his classical singing technique. His aim is to be ranked among the top singers in the world.

Corinne Marti

from Kerikeri High School. Corinne chose to study a Bachelor of Law conjoint with a Bachelor of Science at Auckland University with a goal to specialise in the law and ethics of medicine.

Sam Sharp

from Whangarei Girls High School. Sam’s career goal is to obtain a double degree studying a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Physical Education in Outdoor Education.

2008 Scholarship Recipients

Aaron Millar

from Whangarei Boys High School – Aaron has chosen to complete a Degree in Engineering, majoring in Chemical and Process Engineering.

Jared Olsen

from Kaitaia College – Jared’s career choice was a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical or Civil & Environmental) at Auckland University.

Sarah Snowden

from Northland College – Sarah’s career goal is to become a PE and Health Teacher.

Rex Hooper

from Tauraroa Area School – Rex is interested in Chemical Engineering.

Dhamendra Unka

from Kamo High School – Dhamendra comes from a unique cultural background as a Maori-Indian New Zealander. He has a genuine social conscience and his sense of justice is acute. He was inspired by a trip to India in 2001 to complete his Law Degree and become a Crown Lawyer.

Sheridan Mellor

from Tikipunga High School – Sheridan chose to study for a Bachelor of Visual Arts followed by a jewellery apprenticeship.

Holly Pratt

from Whangarei Girls High School – Holly has aspired to be a teacher since primary school and will be studying for a Secondary Teaching Degree conjoint with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English or Geography. She is also considering a Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

2007 Scholarship Recipients

Simone Ackerman

From Kamo High School who wanted to pursue her love of sport through a Bachelor of Science.

Sara Bignell

From Whangarei Girls High School who wished to study a Bachelor of Law/Arts majoring in Geography.

Yvette Meara

From Whangarei Girls High School who chose to pursue a career as a Primary School Teacher.

Gauri Prasad

From Pompellier College who is pursuing a career as a Medical Practitioner.

Rory Taylor

From Bream Bay High School who wished to study a Bachelor of Science degree.

Alyx Pivac

From Kamo High School who wished to study a Bachelor of Science degree.

Emma Daly

From Tauraroa Area School who chose to complete a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience.

Cameron Leslie

From Pompallier Catholic College who wished to gain a degree in Journalism specialising in Sports Writing.

Josh Hodgson

From Pompallier Catholic College who was looking to complete a BA in Sport & Recreation and work with and coach young children.