Class of: 2012
School: Aotea College
Scholarship Partner: Warehouse Stationery
The 2012 national winner of the Ngārimu VC Maori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition, this young woman of Pakeha and Maori descent is the eldest of her five siblings. "I definitely want to be the first of my family to attend University and hopefully 'pave the way' for my younger siblings," wrote Tayi in her application to be a First Foundation Scholar. Tayi seems to be a student who sets high goals for both future and the present, and she achieves them with fervor.
Tayi, though focused on doing well academically, also managed to keep up with dancing both within and outside of school, the school Barbershop Chorus, the 1st XI girls' football team and school leadership roles. Across the board she displayed great aptitude to work well in teams. Tayi's friendly persona and warmth towards people is further demonstrated through the time she spends volunteering with the Wesley Community Youth Action Programme, helping troubled youth in the Waitangirua/Porirua Region.
Tayi studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Victoria University of Wellington and has started her masters in 2017. She has many ideas of what to wants to do in the future, ranging from writing a book to developing a small clothing line.