Previously disengaged from school, Lineti joined the Foundation’s He Ara Ākonga programme after her school Dean recommended and encouraged her to take part. Lineti was afraid to engage and initiate herself in conversations. This led to her revealing very little about herself and keeping reserved. Through her involvement of the He Ara Ākonga programme, Lineti exhibited outstanding leadership qualities by showing consistency in her attendance and connecting with other students by volunteering first and encouraging others to do the same. Lineti shares with us her story and the impact the Foundation’s programme had on her journey.
My name is Lineti Tu`uta, currently Year 10 at Wesley College. I was selected to join the Leadership Camp (Project K) programme last year at Great Barrier Island. This camp had a significant impact on my self-motivation, and I highly recommend this programme to continue.
These words of thank you are not enough for the opportunity that has been given to me. A quote Albert Einstein says, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
There are two things I would like to share with you about this programme in my personal experiences.
First is how the Leadership Camp (Project K) helped me. It has been an unforgettable experience being part of the camp and witnessing the positive impact it has on young people’s lives. The camp has provided me with invaluable opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and building lifelong friendships.
Second, is how appreciative I am of everything I have as I understand that not everyone can access the necessities.
My future goal after finishing my journey is to continue to push myself to my limits, never question myself, and to think that my own self assurance and attitude will define how successful I am.
I am incredibly grateful to receive the He Ara Ākonga Excellence Award. I am truly honoured to be recognised for my contributions. I want to express my gratitude to the amazing individuals who have supported and inspired me along the way. This award is not just a reflection of my efforts, but also a testament to the power of the Graeme Dingle Foundation in shaping the lives of young people.
Thank you all for believing in me and for the incredible honour and I hope you continue to support the founder and the organisation of Graeme Dingle Foundation to continue to inspire the young youth of New Zealand for better Future.”