Joshua Hemara

Class of: 2005
School: Taita College
Scholarship Partner: Research New Zealand
Joshua's Yr 12 Dean regarded him as a dedicated young scholar and sportsman with great leadership skills and an honesty that underlies his ambitious nature. Throughout his schooling Joshua showed all round talent and was involved in many sporting, musical and dance activities. He played premier Basketball, Table Tennis, Water Polo and Dragon Boating and won awards at school and at national level for Swimming. While at school, Joshua worked hard towards his future goal of achieving a place at Victoria University to study Accounting.

Emanuel Kalafatelis of Research New Zealand said that they were impressed with Joshua. "He carries the hallmarks of an astute and conscientious young man," said Emanuel. Reflecting on his First Foundation experience Joshua remarks that working with Research New Zealand was an all round valuable experience.

Joshua counts finishing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University with three Majors as a highlight since completing his First Foundation programme. He graduated in 2010 and in 2011 he embarked on a Professional Diploma in Accounting. Having worked for a while with NZ Post, in 2012 Joshua transitioned to working for Tertiary Education Commission in Maori Strategy. Joshua is currently working as a Business Support Specialist for Xero.

Joshua is also a keen athlete and spent his years at University training for multi-sport and in 2015 became the North Island 25-19 age group Triathlon Champion. This means he has qualified for the Triathlon New Zealand team and will be competing at the ITU Triathlon World Championship in Chicago on 20 September.