Tamatu Abraham

Class of: 2013
School: Waitakere College
Scholarship Partner: Westpac New Zealand Limited

HEAD BOY, 2014

Tama has overcome challenging family circumstances to achieve academically at school as well as contributing to the wider life of school and his community. He constantly asks himself "What else or what more can I be doing to try and make an effective imprint in my community".
He is certainly achieving this in the role of Head Boy 2014.

As well as gaining excellence endorsements at NCEA level 1 and 2, Tama was acknowledged with Arts and Culture Awards and has also contributed to the welfare of his peers with activities that include Kiwibuddy, peer mediator, and as active member of Sadd.  He was actively involved in the wider community as the Youth MP for Te Atatu, member of the West Auckland Council and facilitated a Youth forum about housing and homelessness amongst other accomplishments.

Maree Bolt from Westpac said "We're really excited to have Tama join us, and for the opportunity to mentor Tama through the next four years of his learning.  Tama has already demonstrated some great qualities through his work as a Junior MP as well as the other organisations that he is involved in.  We believe that Tama has embraced the philosophy of First Foundation and we look forward to watching him further develop as both a person, and through his tertiary journey."

Tama wishes to pursue a career in Politics and Youth Development and started a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts conjoint degree at the University of Auckland in 2015. He is due to complete in 2020