1st Place: Super 8 Debating (2019)

“Formed in 1997, the New Zealand Super Eight group of schools incorporates the eight boys’ high schools from their respective provincial cities of the central North Island. The first sporting competitions were sponsored by Canterbury International and commenced in 1998, involving rugby and cricket. Since that time, the Super Eight[…]

3rd Place: NZ Business Consultancy Secondary Schools Case Competition (2019)

In 2019 I competed alongside Nikhil Banerjee, Antariksh Nag and William Wood in the Auckland University Business Consulting Clubs Secondary Schools New Zealand Business Schools Case Competition. Over 3 rounds we competed against 86 other teams from around the country, culminating with a 3rd placing against the top 6 teams[…]

Aotearoa Youth Declaration (2019)

In 2019 I successfully applied for and attended the Aotearoa Youth Declaration. This conference, held in Auckland over the 4 days at the beginning of the first term holidays, provides an opportunity for 250 of the Rangatahi of Aotearoa to provide their opinions and provide directional suggestions for Aotearoa’s future.[…]

National Student Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (2018)

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings (CHOGM) are biennial meetings between the heads of government of all commonwealth countries to discuss pressing issues relevant to commonwealth countries. The meetings favour a consensus view on solving issues and prioritise working together and exploring countries opinions over a more competitive environment inside[…]

Senior A Debating – PNBHS (2017-2019)

As a Senior at Palmerston North Boys High School, I debated and achieved at a high level within regional and national competitions. Most of this time was spent in the school Senior A team – the best group of debaters in the school. This experience has helped me to develop[…]

Massey University M3S Mathematics and Statistics Competition.

This is a competition open to Year 12 students which I attended along with a team from Palmerston North Boys High School. We placed 9th out of 27 attending teams in the competition. This was due to some errors with the manipulation of algebraic sequence, a common theme in Level[…]

Festival For The Future (2018)

We live in a world with urgent and complex challenges that need solving. When people from diverse backgrounds and industries come together to explore the issues and share ideas, remarkable things can happen. The Festival is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops, entertainment and more. It’s been[…]

Amau Ao: Houston Experience 2018

One of my involvements is in the Massey University “Pūhoro STEM Academy”. This academy strives to foster and support interest in STEM within young (Year 11-13) Maori as well as support more subscription and involvement in STEM related careers in the future. One of the ways that the academy does[…]

Pūhoro Massey University STEM Academy (2017-2019)

The Pūhoro STEM academy is an initiative funded through Massey University to promote the STEM fields within Maori communities, as well as tutor and support Maori academic achievement in STEM subjects. On a school-focused level, this means that Pūhoro holds tutoring and development sessions every Wednesday Morning from 8:30-9:30am as[…]

Senior Secondary School Debating (2018-2019)

Through the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council I have competed in multiple events throughout 2018. Firstly, I competed at an intraschool level in order to ensure a competing placement at the Manawatu regional competition. Then I competed at the regional competition where I achieved 4th equal with my team of[…]

PNBHS OK Chorale Development Squad (2017-2019)

The schools premier singing group, the 16 member limited OK Chorale is selected and auditioned from a much larger audition group. Some 50 individuals auditioned for this group in 2017 and 2018 where 20 of the individuals were selected as a part of the “development squad”. The development squad focuses[…]

PNBHS Drone Club (2018)

This was an opportunity in an area of the school that I had previously pushed for, however previously had found no teacher to support my escapades in running a school UAV/RPAS/UAS and model flying club. However, when a new teacher decided to adopt the notion of a ‘drone club’, I[…]

VEX Robotics: Judges Award NZ Nationals 2017-2018

As part of the team 2903S, I competed in the 2017-2018 VEX robotics nationals. One of the components of the competition is the robot and team judging that occurs during the matches. As part of this, awards for innovation, building quality as well as an overall Judges Award are given[…]

Winner of the PNBHS Buisness Studies “Buisness Competition” (2016)

As part of the Year 10 Buisness Studies Course, it is required that individuals undertake the construction of a business to develop and manufacture a product that would be sold (either indirectly, or through the school ‘trade fair’). A “Best Business” is then picked, based on the analysis of research[…]

Manawatu Regional Spelling Bee Y9/Y10 – Winning Team (2016)

In 2016 two teams, composed of 4 spelling-minded students, joined as competitors in the Manawatu regional spelling bee, held at FAHS. With my Y10 team in 2016, we achieved 1st placing.

Volunteer Work – VEX APAC/VEX IQ Nationals (2017-2019)

I have supported the propagation of VEX Robotics throughout New Zealand for several years now. One of the best ways to do this, as well as gain invaluable skills in event and people management is to volunteer. Thus, in 2016, 2017 and 2018 I have volunteered at VEX IQ Nationals[…]

VEX Robotics (2015-2019)

I am one of the long-standing and Senior-most participants in the PNBHS VEX Robotics team. This is an opportunity to take the learning in the classroom inside of STEM subjects and apply it to different ‘games’ (such as the one below) involving robots. This emphasises the development of skills critical[…]

Debating Mentoring Programme (2017-2019)

As part of the Senior Debating programme, students have an opportunity to mentor a Junior team in debating, including oratory, case building and assessment. I took up this opportunity and used it to build leadership skills as well as develop and spread something that I am passionate about (debating) within[…]

Interschool Junior Debating (2015-2016)

As a part of my extra-curricular activities, debating is one of my favorite pastimes. it presents an opportunity to develop: Oratory skills Empathetical skills through topical understanding and viewpoint deconstruction Writing skills in prepared material and Research skills in preparing a case. In terms of achievement: In 2015 I was[…]

S.O.A.P Choir (2015-2018)

I have attended each Tuesday morning session to the all-comers S.O.A.P choir for all of my years at PNBHS as it offers an opportunity for me to develop my singing through the production of many styles and singing types within a choir. Unfortunately in 2019 I was unable to attend[…]

School Senior Production: Footloose, Anything Goes and Addams Family! (2016-2019)

I am a regular within the dramatic arts and musical theater circles of PNBHS. Within this respect, it seems only natural that I should be one to perform in and enjoy the annual musical extravaganza of the Senior School Production. The group is auditioned and performs a chosen play to[…]

Ngā Manu Kōrero (2017-2019)

Ngā Manu Kōrero is an annual speech competition that presents an opportunity to immerse myself in my culture as well as develop oratory skills towards an important set of overarching goals. I have completed at both a school and regional level from 2017 to 2019.

High School Ambassador Programme (2017-2019) – UNYouth NZ

As part of my commitment to political science, law and debating, I have become greatly involved with the UNYouth ecosystem and youth development opportunities. As part of being an ambassador for my school within the high-school and tertiary event organization. I assist in organizing events, transport and accommodation when appropriate[…]

Spirit of Adventure – Voyage #760 (2018)

As part of the first stage of the Pinnacle Programme, I undertook a 10 day voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand as a notion of personal and leadership development as well as personal exploration. I had a great time and recommend the experience to anyone that is interested. Embedded[…]

Winner of the PNBHS Year 10 and Year 11 Speech Competition

As part of year 9 & 10, each student of PNBHS is required to complete and perform a speech to their class. The best from their respective classes are selected to perform in front of their form and a winner is crowned from that group.In Year 11,12 and 13 the[…]

Designed and Built a Magazine issue (Year 8 Extracurricular program – 2014)

Designed and built a Modern ‘Gaming and Tech’ Magazine from scratch as part of an extension program in Year 8 to develop Visual Art, Writing, Journalism and extend students knowledge of magazines and their qualities. We were given a brief then given time to develop a product to fit those[…]

Pinnacle Programme (2017-2020)

The Hyandai sponsored “Pinnacle Program” is an opportunity for 15-18 year olds to undertake 3 stages of personal development through multiple Pinnacle “Stages”. These stages include experiences on the spirit of adventure, outward bound and personalised work experience and mentoring in the chosen specialisation or career of the individual. The[…]