June 20, 2014
Ngarimu scholars celebrated
An opera singer mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the nine outstanding Ngarimu scholarship winners whose achievements were celebrated at a ceremony at Parliament yesterday.
Education Minister Hekia Parata, who chairs the Ngarimu VC and 28th Maori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, says the winners must demonstrate education excellence and embody the Battalion’s characteristics of commitment, service and leadership.
Kawiti Jack Waetford of Ngati Wai and Ngati Hine received a masters level scholarship to continue his advanced vocal studies at the University of Wales.
He has already performed alongside Dame Kiri, who says he has a remarkable voice and talent.
Other recipients include medical students Ariana Andrews of Whakatohea and Moerangi Tamati of Te Atiawa, law students Devon Demant of Te Whanau a Apanui, Aperahama Hurihanganui of Te Arawa, Ngati Porou and Ngati Ira, te reo Maori masters scholars Jamie Huia Rolleston of Ngati Whakaue and Kristin Cherie Ross of Ngati Kahu, and doctoral student Inez Tracie Awatere-Walker of Ngati Porou.
Last night's hui, which was attended by more than 100 former Ngarimu scholarship recipients, also heard of progress on plans to form an alumni association of past winners.
Applications for the next round of Ngarimu VC & 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships open on 1 July 2014 and close on 26 September 2014.
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