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Statistics NZ Calls Mäori Scholarship Applications

Statistics New Zealand Calls For Mäori Scholarship Applications

Statistics New Zealand is seeking applications for the Te Tari Tatau Scholarship. This is the 10th year that Statistics New Zealand has offered the scholarship, which aims to increase the number of Mäori statisticians.

Several scholarship winners have commenced their public service careers at Statistics New Zealand in the past 10 years, while others have taken up statistical work in other government agencies.

Kirikowhai Mikaere, of Tuhourangi and Ngäti Whakaue, is a current scholarship holder and will complete her BSc/BCA in mathematics and Mäori business studies at the end of the year.

"Receiving the scholarship gave me an opportunity to be part of a supportive, cooperative and collaborative mathematical team. I have participated in an ongoing statistical project and enjoy the cultural inclusiveness that Statistics New Zealand offers," says Kiri.

The Te Tari Tatau Scholarship is awarded for tertiary study, preferably in mathematics or statistics, and is open to all Mäori school leavers, Mäori students studying at university, or people with relevant work experience who wish to obtain university qualifications. It is valued at $3,500 a year for up to three years, or the minimum time required to complete an undergraduate degree. Paid vacation employment with Statistics New Zealand is also available to the scholarship holder for a minimum of six weeks each year.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

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