Tash Astill

Tash Astill | Achiever 2017

My Achieve2B Story

“I FOUND MY VOICE!”
Inaugural Regional (National) Exchange Student – Whangarei.
4 weeks in duration.

In Term 1 2017 Tash was Achieve 2B’s first ever Regional (National) Exchange student.  Tash left her home in Auckland for 4 weeks.  She moved from her city life to a rural setting in Whangarei.  She went from a co-ed school to a girls school at Whangarei Girls High School.  Achieve 2B was able to ensure that Tash’s disability supports of a Teacher aide and home help were in place before she arrived in Whangarei.  During her exchange Natasha volunteered at the Hospice Shop.

Tash advised that from this exchange she found her voice.  She is confident enough now to express her opinion, define herself, and to look forward to the future.


  • Tash’s Vlog – Week 1

    Here is the first of my VLogs for my adventures during my exchange. Hope you enjoy part one and look forward to next weeks addition.


  • Tash’s Vlog – Week 2

    Here is my second VLog of my exchange.


  • Tash’s Vlog – Week 3

    Here is my final Vlog from my exchange.


  • A Mother’s Perspective

    written by Denise (Tash’s mother) “Now she has found her voice!” Hi, my name is Denise, and my daughter Natasha was the very first person chosen to do a regional exchange with Achieve 2B. Since completing this exchange – which involved her in moving to Whangarei for 4 weeks, attending an all-girls’ school, living on a … Continue reading A Mother’s Perspective


  • The Discussion – Achieve2B Movie

    Check out our Achievers Dennon, Tash and Taylor having a chat about their exchanges and hanging out.


  • Achieve2B Launch Highlights – Tash’s Graduation Speech

    In 2017, Achieve2B proudly saw the successful completion of our pilot exchange programmes. Our inaugural students each gave a speech after their graduation about their experience with an Achieve2B exchange.


  • A Successful Launch

    Our Launch was a spectacular day – a day of celebration, a day of acknowledgement, a day to reflect back and look  forward. What an honour and a privilege it was to see our Inaugural Achievers  graduate, and to yet again hear their stories which touched the hearts of  many. We were graced with presence … Continue reading A Successful Launch


  • Achieve2B Parents Interview

    Dennon, Taylor and Tash’s Mothers give us an insight into what Achieve 2B’s exchange program was like for them!