Class of: 2003
School: Hato Petera College
Scholarship Partner: North Shore City Council
Tahauariki has always displayed real leadership qualities that earned him considerable mana from his peers, family and teachers and in acknowledgement of this his school appointed him kaihono (prefect) in 2004. Throughout school he excelled in academic subjects with excellent results in Maori, Mathematics, English and Physics. Tahauariki was also a talented sportsman in rugby, basketball, touch rugby and rugby league. He played representing New Zealand in the Under 14 Basketball team and North Harbour in both rugby and basketball in 2001.
His interest in pursuing a career through tertiary study combined with his strong interpersonal skills satisfied North Shore City Council that he will seize the opportunity of being a First Foundation Scholar with both hands. Tahauariki is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours majoring in Maori and Philosophy at The University of Auckland.