Kahurangi is an exemplary role model for aspiring Maori academics and sports students alike. Throughout school his love for sport saw him playing Rugby in the school's1st XV team and for the Wellington Centurions as well as Table Tennis and Dragonboating. As a Peer Mediator and Councillor in Yr 12, Kahurangi found opportunities to exercise leadership as well.
In selecting Kahurangi, Telecom was impressed by his passion, focus and determination. Michael Townsley, Telecom Regional Manager at the time, said that these strong qualities are accompanied by an inspiring unselfishness and ability to help others.
Enrolled at Victoria University, Kahurangi is working towards completing a Bachelor of Science and Technology whilst balancing time with family commitments.