Alumni Success Stories: Graciano Aganze

Graciano is a dedicated member of the Mixit whānau. He started as a teenager when he first arrived in NZ from Congo via Uganda, going on to become a committed Youth Leader before taking on a role as a trustee on the Board

Alumni Success Stories: Graciano Aganze

Graciano is a dedicated member of the Mixit whānau. He started as a teenager when he first arrived in NZ from Congo via Uganda, going on to become a committed Youth Leader before taking on a role as a trustee on the Board. He continues to be a Mixit champion supporting young people coming up behind him.


Always with a focus on securing a stable future Graciano undertook an apprenticeship as an electrician and has now stepped forward as a professional running his own electrical company. These days he is also a happily married man to Rachel and they have a young son, George.


With a steady eye on their future Graciano has recently brought a house and is determined to work hard now so he can kick back when he plans to retire at 50. He hopes his children will have opportunities to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be and will do all he can to ensure that.


His message is – “The world’s a beautiful place but greed has denied us the ability to be our best self” and quoting Nelson Mandela – “We learn to hate but everything that’s learnt can be unlearnt”.

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