Meet Student Ambassador: Mikayla

We talked to Mikayla Lawrence from Whangarei Girls’ High School about what makes Northland special for her.



Why do you love Northland

The beautiful landscapes and the community is what I love about Northland. The beaches in Northland are so diverse, from the huge sandy hills out on the west coast, to the rocky bays of Tutukaka… I just love how quickly we can get to places like these. But it’s the people who live in these places that just make it the best. 


What do you love most about studying at school in New Zealand?

I love how easy it is to make connections, even in high school I’ve already met people and created relationships that could help me in my future. No matter where I’ve lived in NZ I’ve always met someone who has the same interests as me and has been able to teach and pass down some advice that they have learned in their experiences. New Zealand is a diverse country so when it comes to studying there is always someone who you can connect with easily and be able to get the most out of your learning. 


What are your favourite experiences and places to go in Northland?

My favourite experience I’ve had in Northland would be walking my dog around the Whangarei Heads walking tracks, every corner on these tracks brings so much beauty and different things to look at. I love how walking through these places makes me feel. We are so lucky to be able to have so many clean and safe tracks to walk and enjoy, but honestly my dog loves it more than me… he gets to meet and sniff so many different people 🙂 


What are your interests, sports, and hobbies?

I love to play video games and watch streamers online. I also love hanging out with my family and friends and being a leader in my youth group. I have little hobbies like drawing and painting, I am also interested in game design and programming. 


What is your favourite local place to hang out with friends?

My favourite place to hangout with my friends would be all the different types of cafes and restaurants we have scattered around whangarei, it’s in these places crowded around a table with my friends that I’ve felt the happiest. It’s no joke when they say food brings people together! 

“I am passionate about learning about different cultures and what the rest of the world has to offer. I believe Global Citizenship is especially important because it’s gives each individual an insight into what different people struggle with in life. “

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