Lafoai Luaitalo

Class of: 2012
School: One Tree Hill College
Scholarship Partner: Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd


'I have overcome many obstacles along my journey that have tested me and made me a stronger person,' stated this outstanding young lady, of Samoan and Chinese descent, in her application to become a First Foundation Scholar. "Lafoai Tusa is an amazing, spirited young individual that strives to take hold of opportunities to accomplish her ambitions. A magnanimous and amiable person committed to give back to society. She will 'be the change that you wish to see in the world' - Mahatma Gandhi," said Jason Blackmore of Coca-Cola Amatil about their 7th First Foundation Scholar.

Academically bright and mature in her work ethic and goal setting, Lafoai excelled at school. In 2012 she took English, Mathematics, Maori, History, and Level 3 Classics ahead of her Yr 12 peers. Lafoai consistently worked towards excellence. In 2012 she was named the top academic Pasifika student in Yr 11 and in addition received the runner up for top academic overall student in Yr 11.

Through her involvements at school, Lafoai was known as a debater, library monitor, committee member for the One Faith Group, Year Book and a Pacific Pride class Mentor, and a Whanau leader. Her confidence and maturity also developed through the Duke of Edinburgh Program. Her significant leadership potential was realised in her selection to be the school's Head Girl for 2013.

In 2014 she started Conjoint degrees in Law and Arts at the University of Auckland which she will complete at the end of 2018.
October 2016,  saw Lafoai as one of the inaugural students to be awarded an internship through The TupuToa - Maori and Pasifika Corporate Pathways Programme. She was also the 2016 First Foundation Trustees Award recipient, sponsored by the Ockham Foundation.

'I love people and, seeking justice and truth is what I am passionate about as I understand how it feels to go through a long process before justice prevails.' Lafoai Luaitalo