Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the winners of the prestigious Ngārimu VC and 28th Māori Battalion tertiary scholarships.
Parata, who chairs the scholarship fund Board, says, “The eight winners of the 2016/17 Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships exemplify excellence in education as well as service and commitment to the community.”
The role of the Board is to support Māori achievers to succeed in education and to contribute as leaders both at home and overseas.
Among the winners is a former teacher who is now aspiring to become a documentary filmmaker specialising in kaupapa Māori and the arts; a Stanford University student of environmental law and policy; and a business student who was chosen as a New Zealand representative at the White House Tribal Leaders Gathering hosted by President Obama.
"The scholarships recognise the exciting futures these eight exceptional winners have. They have already demonstrated what young Māori can achieve with hard work and dedication and I look forward to seeing what more they can achieve,” says Parata.
The three winners of the masters scholarships will receive $15,000 per year for up to two years, while the five undergraduate scholarship winners will receive $10,000 per year for up to five years.
All winners of the 2016/17 Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships will be recognised at an awards ceremony in April 2017.
Winners of the 2016/17 Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships:
Ana Montgomery-Neutze (Muaūpoko),
Maia Wikaira (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa)
Arena Williams (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Tūhoe, Whakatohea, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu)
Ezekiel Raui (Te Rarawa ki Hokianga, Ngāpuhi)
Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel (Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāi Te Rangi)
Steven James (Te Arawa)
Jack Potaka (Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
Kaahu White (Te Rarawa, Kāi Tahu)