2018 Toloa Tertiary Scholarship Winners
This Year’s Award Recipients
Anna Clark from North Canterbury
Master of Science, University of Otago
Anna is of Fijian descent. With a goal to help fill research gaps of genetic pest control methods in NZ, Anna is starting her two-year Master of Science degree specialising in genetics at the University of Otago. Selected for the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust expedition to the Kermadec Islands, Anna is the eldest and first in her family to progress to tertiary study. She wants to be an inspiration to her younger siblings and peers.
Bruce Graham from Wellington
Bachelor of Engineering (HONS), Canterbury University
Bruce is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent. His long-term goal is to work for ‘Engineers without Borders’ with a passion to work with Pasifika communities to connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering. Bruce is in his second year of study towards his Bachelor of Engineering (HONS) at Canterbury University. He worked on engineering solutions for recycled water in Solomon Islands in his first year and is keen to continue designing Pacific focused engineering solutions.
Campbell Talaepa from Auckland
Conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (HONS) and Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland
Campbell is of Samoan descent. A school dux in 2017, Campbell produced video resources for his school from 2013-2015 that were an integral part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme. Campbell is studying towards a conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (HONS) and Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland.
Finau Taungapeau from Dunedin
Master of Dietetics, University of Otago.
Finau is of Tongan descent. She has a teaching and health promotion background and is a highly respected leader in the Dunedin Tongan community. After piloting a health project working with Pacific peoples in their homes, she demonstrated how the targeted approach was more successful. Now Finau is determined to become a Pacific dietitian who can help our Pacific people and is completing a two-year Master of Dietetics at the University of Otago.
Hayes Okesene from Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering (HONS), University of Auckland
Hayes is of Samoan descent. Educated in Samoan bilingual units from pre-school through to intermediate school, Hayes firstly struggled with the massive cultural change when he started Kings College but went on to become Senior Prefect, Head of House and First XV captain in 2017. He is proud to be a key liaison for new Pasifika students to Kings. A helper at the annual IHC Fundraising Social, this Akarana, Toa Samoa and Auckland Blues U18 player is studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Auckland specialising in chemicals and materials engineering.
Jacinta Faitotoa from Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering (HONS), University of Auckland
Jacinta is of Samoan descent. Church choir, Zumba instructor and sports leader at school, Jacinta and will be attending the University of Auckland, studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (HONS) with a focus on mechanical or civil work. She would like to become a civil engineer to work and give back to the community.
Jade Christiansen from Palmerston North
Bachelor of Science, University of Otago
Jade is of Samoan descent. Jade is looking to complete Zoology and Ecology papers to help the community through conservation or ecological research with a view to help conserve the environment that our ancestors fought hard to preserve. Jade is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago.
Karizma Tuilaepa from Auckland
Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, Massey University
Karizma is of Samoan descent. Appointed Deputy Sports Captain at McAuley High School, she is a qualified member of the schools’ barista training programme. Karizma is studying her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University. Her goal is to become a vet technologist, wildlife technologist or emergency and critical care vet technologist.
Linda Fatialofa from Wellington
Master of Science at Victoria University
Linda is of Samoan descent. After completing a Bachelor of Science (HONS), Linda is completing her Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (P2) at Victoria University this year. Her research this year broadly investigates youth offending behaviour. With an interest in improving outcomes for Pasifika youth who come into contact with the justice system, Linda’s long-term aspiration is to become a clinical psychologist in a field where a Pasifika perspective is of value.
Lueni Jasmine Havea from Palmerston North
Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Victoria University
Jasmine is of Tongan descent. Jasmine is completing a conjoint degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Acctg) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at the Victoria University. While Head Girl at Palmerston North Girls’ High School, her Technology project group won the Manawatu Science and Technology Fair. Jasmine’s ultimate goal is to build her own business after interning at a major company like Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Trade Me or Google.
Lukan Paitai-Tuiatua from Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Auckland
Lukan is of Cook Islands and Samoan descent. Former Head of House, Head of School Cultural Activities and Senior Prefect at Kings College, Lukan is a keen rep player in multiple sports who has volunteered in the literacy programme at Otahuhu Primary. Lukan is first in his family to attend university. He is studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland. His goal is to become a civil engineer.
Siaosi Jordan Koloamatangi from Auckland
Bachelor of Science (HONS), Massey University
Siaosi is of Tongan descent. Rugby Captain and Canterbury age grade rep player, Siaosi is involved with coaching rugby. He was the Co-founder and Patron of the Youth Kava group that has inspired younger generations from his church into the STEM field. After completing his Bachelor of Science (HONS), Siaosi will start his PHD in Genetics at Massey University. His goal is to become a researcher / lecturer.
William Asiata from Auckland
Master of Information Technology, University of Auckland
William Asiata is of Samoan descent. Willie is completing his Master of Information Technology over three semesters at the University of Auckland. His future goal is to become a promoter of mathematics, data science and ICT career skills among Pasifika and Maori with a view to grow cultural aptitude for indigenous Oceanic societies around the advancing STEM technologies.