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Friday November 01, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Tschan Hagai with sister Avana. 19103134 Tschan Hagai with sister Avana. 19103134

Sixteen-year-old Tschan Hagai has given a top leadership role at New Zealand’s leading public girls’ school.


The Epsom Girls Grammar School student has been named deputy head girl for next year. She will continued to be heavily involved in netball, and in the school’s Cook Islands Group for Polyfest.

Mum Lynette Hagai said it would be a huge year for Tschan.

She and her husband Willy Hagai, the former chief fire officer of the Airport Authority, both feel their daughter will handle the extra duties with confidence.

Tschan and her sister Avana lived in Rarotonga, until it came time to attend high school, to learn their Cook Islands culture, language, “and experience the island life just like their Dad”.

Lynette said that as parents, they always encouraged their daughters to work hard, but also enjoy school, meet people, build friendships.

In talking about Tschan’s dreams, Lynette said her daughter had many choices, but was a little unsure about what she wanted to do next.

“She is thinking of joining the navy and looking to be an engineer, or joining the Police Force.  She attended a Leaders Pacifica Careers evening at the Manukau Police Station and said, ‘hmmm detective or forensics would be good, Mum’. 

“So I said, think about it and we will do whatever we can to help you to achieve this.”

Study history so far:

-          In 2008, Tschan started at Avarua Primary School (same school her father attended) in Grade 1 and went through to Grade 5. 

-          She moved to St Joseph’s in 2013 and completed Grade 6. (Achieved “Dux” Award). 

-          In 2014 she moved onto Nukutere College to complete Year 7 and Year 8.  In Year 8 she achieved “Dux” at Nukutere College.

-          In 2016 at the age of 12 and a half she packed her bags for New Zealand as she was accepted into Epsom Girls Grammar and off to boarding school for her. 

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