Kristal Stephenson

Class of: 2002
School: Taita College
Scholarship Partner: Tvnz
Kristal, an outstanding sportswoman at school, a recognised leader and a Cook Island dancer was also the first in her family to pass School Certificate.

When awarded a First Foundation scholarship David Wright, the General Manager at Avalon Studios, TVNZ, noted that "Kristal has already shown an ability to adapt and succeed." Pursuing a career in Tourism, Kristal studied towards a Bachelor of Tourism Management at Victoria University, which she graduated from in 2007.

Kristal describes her scholarship, as having a flow on effect. "It gave me the motivation to carry out my studies and experience to enter the workforce with confidence, skills and intelligence." A mere 11 months into her first fulltime job with Accor Hotels she won the NZ Employee of the Year Award.

Once she finished a stint working at Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge, in Sun Peaks, Canada, Kristal  returned to the Southern Hemisphere where she is futhering her career in the tourism industry in Brisbane. She is currently the Cluster Reservations Manager for the Mantra Group. Her future dreams include one day investing in a hostel in New Zealand holiday town Queenstown.