Kahutia Maxwell

Class of: 2011
School: Hato Petera College
Scholarship Partner: Fletcher Building

With his bold and vibrant personality, Kahutia is a young man with incredible leadership potential and drive to succeed. Coming from the rural outskirts of Whangarei, Kahutia (the youngest of three brothers) was "raised by my solo Mother and Nan in a house without power, a gas stove, a drop toilet and water pumped from an underground spring." He joined Hato Petera as a boarder at the age of 13.

At boarding school Kahutia took hold of every opportunity set before him with focus and vision. He mentored the younger students and was a strong role model in everything from rugby to Kapa Haka. Fletcher Building also saw this strength in Kahutia. "We selected Kahutia because he came across as energetic, dynamic and a self-starter. He was enthusiastic about both the First Foundation programme and the opportunities offered by Fletcher Building."

Kahutia is studying Business at AUT and aspires to be a successful businessman.