Julia-May Aramoana

An outstanding all-rounder and role model, what comes across most poignantly about Julia-May is her desire to succeed. She puts 100% into everything she does in the hope to better her and her family's future. Julia-May shows incredible potential as an influential spokeswoman for New Zealanders and in particular for Maori.

In choosing Julia-May for a First Foundation Scholarship, Spark New Zealand Manager Gemma Hardaker commented that Julia-May stood out in the interviewing process. 'She talked about being able to give the treasures of knowledge and have a voice to speak to other people in the world to make a difference...I sensed a real resilience in this young woman and found it hard to believe she was only 16 when she was talking about changing the cycle of uneducated, unemployed lives within her family.'

Julia-May graduated from The University of Auckland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Maori Studies and is employed at the Mahi Tahi trust as a Youth and Support worker. This is evidence of her main motivation of being able to assist people from all walks of life and be their voice.