Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust has announced the recipients of the 2016 tertiary study scholarships.
The school leaver’s scholarships have awarded three Māori students from across Aotearoa $5,000 towards their study costs for 2017.
Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust was established to promote, develop, and provide for the education and advancement of Māori within the banking, finance, and general business industries. The scholarships set out to acknowledge diversity and leadership, with recipients being both Tāne and Wāhine and from throughout Te Waka-a-Māui – the waka of Māui (South Island) and Te Ika-a-Māui - the fish of Māui (North Island).
Karen Silk, Westpac General Manager Commercial, Corporate and Institutional and a Trustee of the Trust, was very impressed with the quality of applications that came through. ‘The applications were of high quality and the judging panel were particularly impressed with the recipient’s leadership and involvement in their school and community. The Trustees were also moved by their obvious passion for wanting to ‘give back’ to the community once they graduate’.
The 2016 Recipients:
Name: Stuart Leslie
Secondary School: Kerikeri High School
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāpuhi
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Bachelor of Commerce and Tourism Management Studies Conjoint degrees, Victoria University
Name: Kimihia Parata
Location: Te Ika-a-Māui
Secondary School: Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu & Ngāti Whātua
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Business and Communications conjoint degree, AUT
Name: Hinemoana Markham-Nicklin
Location: Te Waka-a-Māui
Secondary School: Motueka High School
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Commerce and Law conjoint degree, Victoria University
The fourth available scholarship for Te Waka-a-Māui is still being processed and will be awarded in 2017.
Westpac will also support the scholarship recipients with the opportunity to consider work experience during their holidays while they complete their degree.