Like many girls presented with the prospect of boarding school, I wasn’t convinced that leaving the comforts of home in Christchurch to spend five years at boarding school was such a good idea.
That all changed when I came across the Nga Tawa school horse truck down south at Springston Trophy. I met a few of the girls and they looked like they were having so much fun.
Right then and there I asked Mum if I could go.
I finished year 13 in 2022 after fully immersing myself in life at Nga Tawa. I loved Performing Arts and was Head of Humanities. It’s cool to be a leader at Nga Tawa and I'd always looked up to the older girls. Hopefully I was an inspiration for the junior girls.
I'm also a keen sportswoman and represented Nga Tawa and New Zealand in athletics and cross country. I wasn't a runner before I started at Nga Tawa and they really nutured me in the sport.
But it really was the time I got to spend down at the yards with my horse, Puzzle, that I loved most about Nga Tawa.
A few of my friends from Pony Club in Christchurch have since come to Nga Tawa.
I just said to them, if you’re thinking about coming to Nga Tawa I recommend you do because it’s the best time you’ll ever have.