April 23, 2013
Top scholars get financial boost
Aspiring artists, lawyers, paediatricians, philosophers and teachers are included in this year's line up of Ngarimu Scholarships.
The scholarships, which mark the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, recognise the achievements of top Maori students and their potential to recognise for their potential to make a contribution to their whānau, hapū, iwi and country.
Past winners include former Māori Party President Professor Whatarangi Winiata, Dr Patu Hohepa and Education Minister Hekia Parata.
Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples says identity, language and culture have been critical ingredients in the success of this year's winners.
Five undergraduate scholarships of $10,000 each were awarded to Kiharoa Milroy of Te Arawa and Tūhoe, Kohukohurangi Isaac-Sharland of Raukawa and Rangitane, Nikau Hindin or Ngapuhi, Pania Newton of Ngapuhi, Maniapoto and Tainui, and Te Rina Popata of Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whatua and Ngāi Tūhoe).
A $15,000 master’s level scholarship was awarded to Horiana Irwin of Ngāti Porou, who is studying law at Harvard University in the United States.
There were also two $25,000 doctoral scholarships awarded to David Karena of Ngāti Mahanga, who is in his final year of study towards a Doctorate of Indigenous Philosophy in Indigenous Studies at Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiārangi, and Joseph Bristowe from Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui and Te Aitanga-ā-Mahaki, who is majoring in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato.
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