Naomi Tuilagi

Class of: 2005
School: Tangaroa College
Scholarship Partner: Ernst & Young

The Principal of Tangaroa College described Naomi as "reliable, loyal and hard working. Her ability to interact at all levels makes her stand out as a leader amongst her people." After the death of her parents Naomi was raised by her grandparents, with two younger siblings who she helped to care for. Despite this commitment, she made a significant contribution to both the school and church community. Her determination to succeed had her completing her NCEA 2 in Mathematics and Computer Studies, a year ahead of her peers, and being ranked 1st in New Zealand for bible studies within the Samoan Methodist Church. In her Yr 11 she won an overall prize for excellence, the Bev Adams Trophy and a Scholarship to attend Hands-on Science Days at Otago University.

Roma Falck of Ernst & Young said "we were impressed by Naomi's straight forward, honest and mature approach together with her excellent academic achievements, family and community involvement. Naomi is an able and well rounded - the perfect cultural fit for our organisation."

Naomi went on to study for a Bachelor of Health Science, graduating from The University of Auckland in 2011. In 2011 she studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science focusing on Mental and Pacific Health whilst working part time at Armour Guard in Auckland.  She has been a Mentor for high school students since 2010 through the Pacifika Medical Association.

In 2014 Naomi started a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery and was awarded a 2015 Ministry of Health Aniva  scholarship.