The original 30 under 30 profiles published in 2015 following the launch of the project.
The first 30 profiles feature on this page - click on the name to find out more about the individual participant.
Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar – has received consistently high grades whilst competing internationally in Triathlons. Also has served as a volunteer in many roles.
In the final stages of completing a doctorate, which will be presented internationally. Plans to pursue a career in academia.
Is Head Girl at Hamilton Girls' High School. Has consistently received high grades, making the Scholar board and is the Top Pacific Academic Student. Also involved in many sporting and cultural pursuits.
Works for Waikato Regional Council in Hazard Management – has run several Iron Man events as well as establishing a small business. Recipient of the Cameron Brown Award in 2014.
Head Boy at Hamilton Boys High School in 2013. Is now an Edmund Hilary Scholar studying business at the University of Waikato. Has finished in the top 5 per cent of all classes and invited to the Golden Key Honour Society.
Brierlee is involved in the Pasifika community in Hamilton. A new student at Wintec, Brierlee is involved in a number of Pasifika groups and was a Polynesian Group Leader and winner of awards for Pasifika leadership at Melville High School in 2014.
Influential in the street dance culture. Nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year and has trained many other young people in street dance.
Influential as part of Te Ahurei a Rangatahi, leads youth groups as a mentor. Is studying music and is a sketch artist.
A talented artist who has exhibited work in four countries and attracted $20,000 in awards and scholarship for his work. The youngest artist invited into the NZ Academy of Fine Arts. Looks to use art to raise social and environmental issues.
Originally from the Philippines, Jess is the editor of Blacklisted Magazine and also organises the Pecha Kucha festival in Hamilton.
Has given up his time to coach and be involved in mixed martial arts in Hamilton. He has coached extensively, as well as mentoring youth involved to give them something positive to be involved in.
Glen has Down's syndrome and presents motivational speeches about living with a disability. He is a member of the Enabling Good Lives Waikato Leadership Group, and is a national advisor to the Health and Disability Commission.
Kimberley is working towards a law degree while caring for her son as a solo parent. She volunteers for a community advocacy group, and recently received a scholarship to attend the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Her commitment to community activities has inspired others.
Heavily involved with the New Zealand Red Cross as well as with refugee resettlement, and a committee member for the Waikato Branch of Save the Children. Originally from Belgium, Elodie first came to Hamilton for a year as an exchange student, then came back 5 years later to settle permanently in New Zealand. She is passionate about helping vulnerable people, particularly refugees and children.
A Refugee Support Volunteer for the Red Cross. He has worked as Red Cross Volunteer Coordinator in Hamilton, and represented the Waikato at the NZRC National Youth Forum in 2014.
Group of 16‐17 year olds from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Just Kidding Babysitting won the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year award in 2014.
Holly has overcome losing her sight to pursue an interest in music. Holly plays guitar and piano and recently played on stage at the Tauranga Multicultural Festival.
Wiki has overcome an abusive relationship and the death of her young son. She is now working as a health promoter in Hamilton.
Currently a Year 13 student at St John's College, he is achieving academically, and through both sporting and cultural pursuits. He is seen as a natural leader.
Norman has overcome a distressing start to life, during which he and his family were rescued in Columbia. He is now a peer support leader at St John's College and involved in various sporting and cultural pursuits, as well as volunteering his time to many causes within the school.
Sabira is a refugee from Afghanistan, and spoke no English when arriving in 2005. Since that time, she has gained a nursing degree and is employed in the Emergency Department at Waikato Hospital. She also provided support to Refugee groups assisting after the Christchurch earthquakes.
A Hillary Scholar, achieving academically but also a high performance rower. She won gold and bronze medals at the Under 21 Rowing World Champs and has been selected as a travelling reserve for the Under 23 team. She has earned a Redcoat in rowing, and is the president of the Waikato university Rowing Club.
A boxer and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist at Glasgow in 2014. Has represented New Zealand at many international boxing events, achieving high placings. He has also made himself available widely for events since returning from Glasgow.
Currently is Head Girl at Hamilton's Fraser High School. She has achieved academically and culturally, and represented New Zealand in inline hockey and ice hockey. Also coaches inline hockey.
Is high achieving in football. Has played in tournaments in Australia and has had to do significant fundraising to allow this to happen. Was selected to attend the Valencia Football Academy in March 2015. Has also achieved high grades in his academic studies during this time.
A New Zealand representative in triathlon, having been selected for four World ITU events. This is a result of consistent high placing’s in New Zealand events, and he has two podium finishes so far in his four international events.
Current New Zealand record holder and Australia/New Zealand champion in 400m hurdles. Has qualified for the World University Games in Korea.
Cricketer who has recently been selected for the first time to play for the Black Caps. Has achieved consistently at a high level for the Northern Knights over the last few seasons.
One of the top female football referees in New Zealand, and one of the few who can officiate men’s games. She has been selected to referee at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Also a management student at Waikato University.
A Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and member of the NZ White Ferns Women’s Cricket team. She has also represented New Zealand in badminton. She has been a consistently high performer for the White Ferns, as well as an Earth Sciences student at Waikato University.