During New Zealand Youth Week, we are finding out what it is like being a teenager. Today, in the fourth of five profiles.
Zoya Timms, 13 - Queen Charlotte College
Q. The three words that best describe me are ... outgoing, driven and committed.
Q. It's a bit uncool, but I love ... to sing all the time, even in the shower.
Q. In five years, I'd love to be ... passing NCEA in Maori at Queen Charlotte College.
Q. Would you like to live in Marlborough when you leave school?
A. H'm. I would consider living in Marlborough, but I really haven't made up my mind yet where I want to live. I would like to live in a bigger town than Picton, that's for sure, but Picton is good in the meantime.
Q. One thing adults really need to understand about teenagers today is ... we think we are way cooler than you and we think we are always right, but still give us advice just in case.
Q. How long have you been playing the guitar and do you have any plans to join a band or go solo?
A. I have been playing the guitar for about a year, and I really love it, but I'm not the kind of person who is into performing. It sounds funny, but I get extreme stage fright.
Q. Tell us about your badminton achievements. What is it like representing Marlborough for under 15s? Low point? High point?
A.Yes, I love badminton. Well, the South Island championships last year were awesome, I loved them.
It's really fun just hanging out and meeting new people and making new friends from all around New Zealand.
Q. What's it like growing up as a 13-year-old in Marlborough these days?
A. Picton is great because you know everyone. It has its low points, because it does get kind of boring, as there isn't anywhere to go when we "hang out in town". All we have is the skatepark and foreshore, but it's OK.
Q. You are a keen netballer, too. Can you tell us about a memorable moment for you in netball.
A. There isn't really a favourite memory, because there is heaps for me. I just love playing the game.
Q. How do you manage all these commitments and how do you balance schoolwork?
A. It's quite easy. I have badminton Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5.30pm, so I do it before then. Then I have netball on Tuesday and Thursday at 3.10pm, after school.
So what I do is juggle and more juggling. But it kind of does suck how I have no free days after school because I'm just so busy. I won't change it, though. I love doing sports.
- The Marlborough Express