HEAD BOY 2009
The Principal of Kelston Boys' High school saw Sam as a role model for others. At school Sam was known for carrying himself with mana, integrity and real commitment to his culture, school and community. Sam displayed these qualities throughout his participation in sport, kapa haka, debating and in his role as a Regional Korero Representative. 'Sam enjoys making a difference in other people's lives' said his Principal. In his last year of school, Sam was elected Head Boy. And while still at school Sam had the goal of becoming a Maori teacher and passing on knowledge to the next generation.
As part of awarding Sam's First Foundation scholarship, Heather Kean from Fonterra said 'we saw in Sam the desire for a big future and we were very impressed with his willingness to throw everything at every opportunity.'
Sam has pursued a career in teaching, through a Bachelor of Education at The University of Auckland. He graduated in 2012 and gained a job as Head of Maori and classroom teacher at Waikowhai Intermediate School.
He is currently Maori Academic Advisor for the University of Auckland Business School.