2017 Toloa Tertiary Scholarship Winners
This Year's Award Recipients
Lana Cleverley - Resides in Wellington
(Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Victoria University Wellington)
Lana is of Samoan and New Zealand European descent. Lana is studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at Victoria University and has already started contributing to her Samoan village through STEM. She is currently working on a project where she is monitoring the reef in her village of Saoluafata (in Samoa) by building three reef monitoring structures for the marine biologists to monitor the state of the coral ecosystems crisis. Lana is also a winner of the ‘ASB Brightsparks Technology Competition’ and the youngest recipient of this year’s Toloa Scholarship cohort.
Lupesina Koro – Resides on Auckland
(Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Engineering (conjoint), University of Auckland)
Lupesina is of Samoan and Tokelaun descent. Lupesina is studying towards conjoint degrees in Commerce and Engineering at the University of Auckland. She was Head Girl at St Mary’s College (Ponsonby) and spends time as a volunteer at the St Vincent De Paul Shop. Lupesina also has a summer internship at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Joshua Mafi – Resides in Auckland
(Bachelor of Engineering, University of Auckland)
Joshua is Tongan, his parents and most of his family still reside in Tonga. From high school at Southern Cross Campus, Joshua is now attending the University of Auckland, studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering. A keen rugby player at school, Joshua has lent his time to supporting an after school homework centre for Tongan youth.
Joshua Tafili – Resides in the Wellington Region
(Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Canterbury)
Joshua is of Samoan and New Zealand European descent. Joshua is completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Canterbury with the aim of majoring in mechatronics, which is a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering. He also has a strong interest in robotics. His school reference stated he has an extraordinary talent in mathematics.
Sisilia Teu – Resides in Auckland
(Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Information Science, University of Otago)
Sisilia is of Tongan and Samoan descent. Sisilia was born in Tonga, and represented the Kingdom in tennis. She attended Mount Albert Grammar where she served as a prefect. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Information Science at Otago. Over the summer she has been working as an intern at KPMG.
Christian ‘Uhila – Resides in Auckland
(Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland)
Christian is of Tongan descent. A former Kings College student, Christian was the winner of the Endeavour Scholarship - awarded to Maori and Pasifika Boys for All Round Achievement from Year 7 to Year 13 (2010-2016). Christian is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland.
Antony Vavia – Resides in Auckland
(Bachelor of Science (Honours), Auckland University of Technology)
Ant is of Cook Island Maori and Fijian descent. Antony was the inaugural winner of the STEM category for the Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Awards in 2015. He has completed a Bachelor in Science (BSc) in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and is currently doing his Honours year at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He serves as a Science Mentor as part of AUT’s pipeline project in South Auckland primary schools. The aim of the project and the mentors is to encourage more students into STEM related study and career pathways.
Hawaiki Wallace – Resides in the Wellington Region
(Bachelor of Engineering, University of Canterbury)
Hawaiki is of Samoan and Maori descent. Hawaiki is studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) at the University of Canterbury. He was a student prefect at Tawa College and the student representative on the schools Board of Trustees. Hawaiki has been involved in a variety of activities, from performing arts, sports and community work.