Amanda Heffernan

Class of: 2017
School: Otahuhu College
Scholarship Partner: Spark New Zealand

A famous quote from Anne Frank says, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Amanda is a young woman who not only wants to succeed but, by doing so, derail the negative stereotypes that have been attached to the achievement of Pasifika peoples, and more so Pasifika women. Her success would not only be completing a degree at university, but inspiring other young Pasifika students to realise that they can do the same and that anything is possible.

Amanda attended Otahuhu College which saw her excel not only in academics, but also in school life, holding many leadership roles. She volunteers her time at Middlemore Hospital and has a keen interest in robotics.