Franky Maslin 2003 - 2010
When Franky Maslin had the opportunity to spend time abroad with the Australia and New Zealand student exchange, she chose Italy. It meant that she was able to follow in the footsteps of her great grandfather who fought there with the Maori Battalion in World War II. Franky is Māori, from her mother’s side, and Pākehā, from her father’s side. Franky’s Māori heritage plays an important part in her life and she hopes to do future post graduate study on the interplay between Māori and Pākehā cultures.
Franky is a Gore girl. She was a pupil at St Mary’s and then made an easy transition with her friends to St Peter’s College, where she found a welcoming environment. Keen on sport, she loved PE lessons and played for netball and basketball teams. Her father and grandfather were involved with the Eastern Basketball Association, so there was plenty of support at home along with her mother on the sidelines at netball. In school, teachers Kate Leebody and Lindy Cavanagh provided inspiration and encouraged her netball talent.
Franky liked maths but felt she wasn’t too good at English, so she worked hard on that to improve it – a good move as things turned out.
While at school, as Chair of the Youth Council, Franky represented Māori interests from the Hokonui Marae, where her family have close ties. She did dance in school Eisteddfods, and took part in the Bishop’s Shield competition. In 2010 the International year of Youth, as a Unicef Youth Ambassador she was able to organize an event at the St James Theatre in Gore to highlight Children’s Rights. Having been brought up in a household where you had to be able to debate with conviction, Franky belives that she had a balanced upbringing which gave her a sense of self assurance and led to her gift of advocacy.
Intending to take a year out when she left school, the awarding of a Maori Entrants’ scholarship meant that she was able to change her mind and go straight to Otago University to study politics and then on day one to sign up for a law degree as well. Her time in Italy came during her first year at university and she had to sit her university exams overseas. She funded her following years at university, by working part time and taking on the role of pastoral care assistant in her residence. Despite the years of study, she still managed to fit in both social and competitive sports.
Having decided on a career in the law, she found that the extra study in English as well as debate and advocacy practice on the Youth Council had produced skills well suited to her new life.
After graduating, she stayed on in Dunedin and took a research assistant’s job and was part of a long term project on young people in New Zealand – a transitional study for Massey University.
By 2017, Franky now works as a judge’s clerk at the District Court in Wellington, having been admitted to the Bar at a ceremony in Invercargill with her proud family in attendance. In the future she wants to build on her earlier role as a Youth Ambassador and represent children’s interests within the law.
Franky returns to her much loved home town of Gore whenever she can, but admits that her work means that she must live elsewhere. She recalls a thrilling moment during her time near Turin, in Italy, when her hosts took her to see an ancient church. Inside was a map of schools around the world set up by the Rosminian Order and there on the map was her own school, St Peter’s College in Gore.