Māori/Pasifika scholarship recipients named

  • Hekia Parata
Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships.

The prestigious scholarship aims to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education.

“I’m delighted by the outstanding calibre of scholars that the Kupe Scholarship continues to encourage into a teaching career,” says Ms Parata.

“The scholars that we’re celebrating today come from across the country and include a science graduate of Longwood University in Virginia, a former Māori All Black and a Pacific Music Award winner.

“They have already demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership, and close links with their communities, and this scholarship provides them the opportunity to make a real difference for kids in the classroom.”

The Kupe Scholarships fund course fees and study allowances, and offer mentoring and recruitment support after graduation.

Each recipient also receives taonga keepsakes in the form of a stylised paddle ‘hoe’ or waka / vaka / va’a as a permanent recognition of their achievements.

More than 90 applications were received for the 30 available scholarships.

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Region

Scholarship (PRM Primary – SEC Secondary

Teacher Training Provider

Local

 

AUCKLAND

 

 

 

 

North Shore

 

 

 

1

Merimoana Kenrick

Kupe PRM Māori

Massey University

Bayswater

 

East Auckland

 

 

 

2

Fredrick Simpson

Kupe PRM Pasifika

University of Auckland

Mt Wellington

3

Salamasina Leilua

Kupe SEC Pasifika

University of Auckland

Howick

 

Auckland Central

 

 

 

4

Thomas Ikitongia

Kupe PRM Pasifika

University of Auckland

Mt Roskill

5

Amanda Kirk

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Canterbury

Mt Eden

6

Patrick (Iopu) Mose

Kupe SEC Pasifika

University of Auckland

New Windsor

 

South Auckland/ Manukau

 

 

 

7

Siona Tesese

Kupe SEC Pasifika

University of Auckland

Papatoetoe

8

Theresa (Fiana) Tuli

Kupe PRM Pasifika

University of Auckland

Favona

9

Moana Tautua

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Auckland

Mangere

10

Tautuimoana Toleafoa

Kupe SEC Pasifika

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Wiri

11

Mosese Uhila

Kupe PRM Pasifika

University of Auckland

Mangere Bridge

 

WAIKATO

 

 

 

12

Te Whaiwhaia Ritchie

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Waikato

Raglan

13

Mieke Elkington

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Waikato

Te Awamutu

14

D’Arcy Pomare

Kupe SEC Māori

University of Waikato

Hamilton

15

Kerrian Duff

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Waikato

Turangi

16

Joseph Katene

Kupe SEC Māori

University of Waikato

Hamilton

17

Rhema Jakeman

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Waikato

Waiuku

18

Suit-Keen Kovati

Kupe PRM Pasifika

University of Waikato

Waiuku

19

Te Wairere Ngaia

Kupe SEC Māori

University of Waikato

Hamilton

20

Jane Caffery

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Waikato

Hamilton

21

Ngawai Toka

Kupe ECE Māori

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Huntly

 

BAY OF PLENTY

 

 

 

22

Te Whare Kotua Hare

Kupe SEC Māori

University of Waikato

Rotorua

23

Desma Koia

Kupe PRM Māori

University of Canterbury

Rotorua

24

Lanne Jensen

Kupe PRM Māori

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Rotorua

25

Hailey McLean

Kupe PRM Māori

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Whakatane

 

TARANAKI

 

 

 

26

Lionel Skipper

Kupe SEC Māori

Massey University

Waitara

 

WELLINGTON

 

 

 

27

Seteuati Nofoaiga

Kupe SEC Pasifika

Victoria University

Lower Hutt

28

Zivana Eriha

Kupe PRM Māori

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Otaki

29

Kiriwera Su’a

Kupe SEC Māori

Victoria University

Kilbirnie

 

DUNEDIN

 

 

 

30

Matani Schaaf

Kupe SEC Pasifika

University of Otago

Dunedin