Hamish is a young man with tremendous academic and leadership potential. During his time at Kamo High School, he consistently achieved good academic results. Hamish achieved all three levels of NCEA with a Merit Endorsement, showing specific strength in English. He has also proven to be a talented sportsman. From the age of 5 he was involved in Surf Lifesaving and is now a qualified lifeguard with team leadership responsibilities. Hamish was also a member of the school First XI Soccer team and the U/19 Futsal team.
"Hamish demonstrated a maturity beyond his years when articulating to his interviewers his career, financial and family goals. He was found to be respectful, polite, attentive, articulate and resourceful; many facets which we at Manaia PHO can utilise and learn from," said Karen Giles from Manaia Health when naming Hamish their First Foundation Student.
Originally from Whangarei, Hamish made the move to Auckland in 2010 to study a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in criminology and social science for public health at the University of Auckland. In 2014 he began working at Youth Service West as a youth service co-ordinator and following a secondment in early 2015 he was made a personal advisor.
"The work I have done since completing university has been really fulfilling as I have the opportunity to work one on one and help produce positive outcomes with young parents and disadvantaged, high risk West Auckland teenagers. For me it feels as though my journey as a First Foundation scholarship recipient has now come full circle as one component of my work is to encourage and assist often disadvantaged young people to apply for scholarships.'"