Renee Rowlands moved from Taupo to Auckland to live with her extended whanau at the start of 2008 and began Yr 11 at One Tree Hill College. "From the outset, Renee quickly slotted in, and as a new Year 11 student she was identified as a potential leader gaining a position on the student council. This year she was selected to participate in the RYPEN 2009 leadership camp. She is a friendly young woman with a cheerful disposition who easily builds and maintains relationships with those around her. Renee is perceptive and level-headed, with a high level of maturity for a person of her age," commented the College's Principal.
Renee demonstrates a genuine respect for her Maori culture, her family and her school. Her Scholarship Partner A+ Trust recognised her as "a resilient young Maori woman with an obvious passion for a career in Maori health." This is something she is passionate about and is therefore currently fulfilling her goal to complete a Bachelor of Nursing in the hope of helping to improve clinical practices in Maori health. Remee graduated from MIT in Auckland with a Bachelor of Nursing and is currently working at Auckland Hospital.