Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Earth school – The school for our lifetime.…
Shameela is the eldest of the three Nassery siblings. She loves the performing arts and was involved in many cultural groups during her time at Rutherford. Shameela also achieved academic excellence in NCEA and was both Cultural Captain and School Prefect in her senior year. She is a passionate advocate for social justice, wellbeing, and giving back to the community.
Shameela went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland with a double major in Criminology and Film, Television & Media Studies. Following this, Shameela completed a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Auckland and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court. She is an active volunteer at Radio Lollipop (Starship) and was part of the ‘I, Too, Am Auckland’ anti-racism initiative. Shameela has since worked at a prominent Human Rights firm, the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court, and was also a Defence Lawyer.
Meena was a Prefect at Rutherford College and participated in a variety of extra curricula activities – which lead her to her passion of the performing arts. She was in the ‘Bring it On’ (hip-hop) dance group, performed at studio shows, won cultural awards for outstanding performances and received an NCEA subject endorsement for dance. Meena completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland in 2015.
After having her son in 2016, Meena decided to go back to University to obtain her honours degree in Sociology, which she completed in 2018. While studying, Meena also self-published a poetry book called Blue Canvas, which speaks on issues regarding love and life. She has also set up an online business (Nassery Cosmetics Limited) that she manages from home, which focuses on selling beauty products to customers worldwide.
Hewahd is the youngest in the family and prided himself on achieving both academic and sporting excellence during his time at Rutherford. He was a pivotal member of the First XI football team which went on to win a national title down in Nelson in 2014. Hewahd has since completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland with a double major in Accounting and Management. Hewahd topped his class in numerous accounting papers and was employed as a tutor at the University in his final year of study.
In February 2018, Hewahd secured a graduate position at Deloitte as an auditor. His job allows him to see the ins and outs of some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses such as Air New Zealand, Hyundai, Harcourts and TR Group. He still plays football at Te Atatu FC alongside four of his best friends from Rutherford. He is studying towards becoming a chartered accountant and has continued his strong academic success by attaining the highest endorsement in his recent paper.