Franz Liua'ana

Class of: 2005
School: Porirua College
Scholarship Partner: Gibson Sheat
This determined young man excelled academically at school and was also a talented sportsman with a particular strength in rugby. Franz found time to be involved in cultural events such as the Polynesian festival representing his Samoan culture. Franz managed all this without the direct support of his parents who reside in Samoa.

"Franz is clearly a young man with exceptional personal qualities who has a strong desire to succeed both professionally and personally. He has a strong sense of community and a willingness to positively influence the lives of others. We very quickly realised Franz would be an ideal choice for Gibson Sheat," said Tony Southall of Gibson Sheat. In Franz' own words, "the whole process was a big positive for me. The experience, as well as the confidence boost has helped me get to where I wanted. The support from my Scholarship Partner was influential, as well as the guidance from the First Foundation team and both have really set a solid foundation for my future".

At the age of 16 his future goals included playing Rugby to a high level and gaining a Commerce degree, both of which he has now achieved. Franz studied Business through a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with Victoria University, graduating in 2010. He then went to Sydney where he is played professional Rugby and work.  He returned to New Zealnd in 2015 and is currently working at Xero as a Customer Experience Team Leader.