After spending half of his life in care, Tobias recently turned 18 and is ready to take on the world.
'I am a free bird! I can get out of my nest, and do the things that I love doing, like chase a new career, or explore the world,' says Tobias, with his trademark grin.
Tobias will leave Whanganui High School at the end of this year (but not before his starring role as Danny Zuko in the upcoming musical Grease) and plans to study musical theatre and performing arts, before heading offshore to Sydney to dance.
'When I'm on stage or playing the piano or dancing, it is a great way to express myself, I feel relaxed and calm, and all my worries seem to go away.'
Resilience, respect and ‘pushing himself every day’ are part of Tobias’s daily mantra.