Pictured: PAK’nSAVE Owner Nigel Ollett, Scholarship winner Tristan Ah-Sui, Surinder Edwards and Mark Ball



Tristan Ah-Sui from Wesley College has won the 2019 PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe Scholarship. The 18-year-old will put the $12,000 scholarship fund towards studying a Bachelor of Law at Auckland University with a long-term goal of becoming a Judge.

The Wesley College student who is an accomplished piano player and poetry blogger is a UN Youth Auckland High School Ambassador and works part time in the Wesley College kitchen. He teaches young kids reading and writing and is heavily involved in the community.

Tristan who comes from a large family was rapt when he learned he had won the scholarship. Overwhelmed by the information, Tristan said “Are you serious?”

Upon hearing the news his mum started screaming with joy while Tristan expressed his gratitude.

Owner of PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe, Nigel Ollett, who funds the scholarship said “It gets harder every year to pick a scholarship winner as the candidates are all of such a high standard and they are all worthy recipients. It is a real privilege to meet such inspiring and high achieving young Franklin people.”

The other impressive finalists were Hunter Cochrane and Aanya Stuckey from Tuakau College, Petra Batters, Joanna Coleman-Chaiman, Samantha Rasing and Levi Preston, all from Pukekohe High School

Previous winners of the Scholarship Programme that has been running for eleven years include Tyler Gillibrand from Tuakau College, Jemimah Elley from Onewhero, Grace Wilcox and Zac Butters from Pukekohe, Alice Ward-Allen from Mauku, Mau Minhinnick and Dominic Melchers from Pokeno, Adam Moss from Waiuku and Doctor Hannah Gill from Pukekohe. The recipients have studied a wide range of topics including Science, Business, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Law and Paramedicine

Tristan was selected by the Scholarship Committee made up of: PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe Owner Nigel Ollett; Former Franklin Mayor, Mark Ball; local icon Surinder Edwards and Scholarship Manager Kylie Sousa.

The PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe financial hardship scholarship programme is open to Year 13 Students to study any course they wish to and that have attended Onewhero Area School, Tuakau College, Pukekohe High School, Pukekohe Christian School, Waiuku College, Wesley College and ACG Strathallan College for five years. Further details on the scholarship will be published in the Franklin County News later next year.