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Tiumalu Peter Fa'afiu - NZ Herald article on Mentoring

First Foundation Trust Board chair, Tiumalu Peter Fa'afiu, talks to the NZ Herald about the rewards of mentoring.
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CEO Comment

One of the great advantages of First Foundation having been in existence for 18 years is that we have had time to build the base of what the organisation set out to achieve. With this has also allowed the opportunity to build reputation, establish key partnerships and the opportunity to improve and enhance the programme.
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Shanna Rope Interview

Shanna Rope, Class of 2008 (Spark NZ) spoke with Steve about her First Foundation journey. Please read below what they talked about. Shanna is currently Kaiako Māori at McAuley High School.
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John Belford-Lelaulu finalist for prestigious Design Award

Unitec architecture graduate Tuputau John Belford- Lelaulu has been chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Cadimage Group Student Design Awards, New Zealand’s top prize for final year architecture students. Spark NZ awarded John a First Foundation scholarship in 2009 and he was then awarded the First Foundation Trustees award in 2013
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Apaula (mentor) writes about Bernadette (mentee)

I just wanted to share my gratitude and thanks for the opportunity to mentor Bernadette Robertson, Class of 2010. I wish to let you know of her progress to date sharing just how far she has come and where we are excited for her to be going. I truly believe your Scholarship programme suited Bernadette so well
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Comment from the CEO

Over the past few months I have been reminded of the importance of collaboration. As a small not for profit the value of collaboration is vital to our everyday existence. It can be easy for us to remain in our patch but the great thing about collaboration is it helps in building stronger connections and robust systems and processes to ensure that we deliver on our mission. The definition of the word collaboration is: the action of working with someone to produce something.
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Comment from the CEO

One of the fundamental elements that First Foundation is able to provide a student in our programme is a mentor (coach). I have had the privilege of mentoring a student for a number of years through First Foundation. I think as Kiwis we are not naturally ones to put ourselves forward to coach or mentor others but it’s such an important part that we can all contribute in terms of encouraging or supporting a young person. This is a way we can serve our young people.
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Christina awarded Emerging Leader Scholarship

At the Huihunga Māori Womens’ Leadership Summit held on Friday 24th July, Christina Leef (class of 2007) was awarded the Huihuinga Wahine Emerging Leader Scholarship.
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Ryan goes to Stanford

"A foreign place with foreign foods and foreign sights - a scary proposition for anyone travelling overseas, but the experience of meeting new people helped me to overcome my nerves and allowed me to make the most of this fantastic opportunity".
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Three RYLA Leadership Awards for First Foundation Alumni

Sarah Tang, Lele Talagai, and Praneeta Prasad, (back row 3rd, 5th, and 9th from the left) won from Newmarket Rotary, Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards RYLA is a week-long leadership development programme for 20-28 year-old participants, hosted and sponsored by Rotary Clubs in district 9920. RYLA is an experiential live-in programme designed to help young people develop their team work and communication skills and fulfil their potential as leaders.
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