Class of: 2005
School: Birkenhead College
Scholarship Partner: Bell Gully
Quiet, independent and studious in nature, Chye-Mei was a high achiever at secondary school. An NCEA Excellence student, Chye-Mei was known, said her Yr 13 Dean, for her goal setting abilities and for maximising opportunities. Her strongest subject was Science and she won the Mitchell Shield several years running.
Bell Gully's Christine Innes said "Chye-Mei will fit in very well with the team at Bell Gully with her hardworking team spirit and excellent communication skills."
While still a school Chye-Mei volunteered for years at a SPCA Birdwing unit and developed a love for conservation and empathy for animals. She went on to study a Bachelor Science at the University of Canterbury and spent 2009 volunteering at Orana Park in Christchurch. She graduated from this degree in 2010.
In 2011 she obtained one of the contested places in Unitec's postgraduate programme in Wildlife Management. In 2012 Chye-Mei gained a permanent position as a keeper at Wellington Zoo.