Daniel is described by his school as being " a well- grounded, respectful, self-motivated young man who approaches life with a smile and is dedicated to succeed".
Daniel has also developed sound leadership skills over the 12 years that he has been a Venturer in the New Zealand Scouts.
When considering the award of this scholarship, John and Leonie Hynds stated that they were looking for a candidate who was entrepreneurial, passionate about their career path, ambitious, had a strong academic record and the potential to really give back to New Zealand through their training. Daniel impressed them during the interview, particularly as he displayed an obvious passion and enthusiasm for his preferred career path and had already received recognition for previous endeavours in the IT field.
As well as intending to study computer engineering / computer coding and software development at university, Daniel is planning one day in the future to publish his first novel, which heis currently writing.