Noel Leeming Group's CEO comes on board as a mentor

Tim Edwards, CEO of Noel Leeming Group talks about his support for First foundation.
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Tama's insight - working in a Corporate Environment

Tama answers questions about working in a Corporate Environment and what he has learnt.
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JJ's valuable lessons learnt at Tru-Test

JJ Blucher, class of 2005 describes his journey with his Scholarship Partner, Tru-Test Ltd. He is pictured with Hikurangi Ratu, who was awarded the 2016 Tru-Test scholarship.
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Kaycie's top three tips

Kayie O'Connor, class of 2012 gives her advice to students intending to go to University.
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Welcome to our class of 2016 Scholarship Students

Awards ceremonies were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for the Class of 2016. We welcome all the new students and their families, new mentors, Scholarship Partners and Funders to the First Foundation Whanau.
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Sheree Nicholas - Currently mentoring her third student

Sheree Nicholas knows very little about art – by her own admission she can’t even draw a stick figure. And yet the first student she mentored through First Foundation, Yolunda Hickman, graduated as top scholar from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, has a Masters in Fine Arts and exhibits her work around the world. “I certainly couldn’t help her with her art!” Sheree laughs.
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John Belford-Lelaulu - Class of 2009

John Belford-Lelaulu quotes poet and activist Maya Angelou when outlining how he lives his life: “When you learn, teach; when you get, give.” Having learned, and received – through a First Foundation scholarship – John is now in a position where he can teach and give back. With a Master of Architecture under his belt, he is now working in New York City, providing opportunities for the chronically homeless.
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Lafoai Luaitalo. Class of 2012

Her mentor describes her as “the change that you wish to see in the world”, and a young woman who “will conquer anything she wants to in life”. Yet when Lafoai Luaitalo received a First Foundation scholarship in 2012, she was living through the “toughest time”, and couldn’t see how she could realise her goal of helping others less fortunate than herself.
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Chloe Destrieux receives awards from her school

Chloe Destrieux, Sistema Plastics Ltd 2015 Scholarship student, received three awards at Alfriston College's Maori Achievement Awards last week.
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Brad Olsen awarded prestigious Queen's Leadership Award

Recently one of our First Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Brad Olsen, received an outstanding award for his contributions - the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
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