Peni Matua

Class of: 2013
School: Tangaroa College
Scholarship Partner: NZI

Peni is a New Zealand born Samoan, originally from Christchurch but moved to Auckland after the earthquake in September 2010.

In his NZI interview, Peni explained that he had a choice - he could sit and feel sorry for himself or he could get out there and make new friends and make the most of the new opportunity. He chose the latter, and this is an indication of his character. NZI were impressed with his integrity, respectfulness and amazing drive to succeed.

At school he has received many academic awards and demonstrated leadership by captaining basketball teams in and outside of school.

Peni is the eldest in the family and wants to be a role model for his younger brothers by graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.