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Mäori Scholarship Awarded

Statistics New Zealand Maori Scholar Announced: 2005

1 March 2005

Mäori Scholarship Awarded

Statistics New Zealand has announced Aotea Gurden as the recipient of its 2005 Te Tari Tatau Mäori Scholarship. The scholarship, which aims to build up Statistics New Zealand’s pool of potential employees and its organisational capability, is offered each year to a Mäori undergraduate studying at a New Zealand university. Ms Gurden (Ngäti Mutunga/Te Atiawa) is studying economics and statistics towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato. Ms Gurden speaks te reo Mäori and has an excellent understanding of tikanga Mäori.

She previously worked for 10 years in the banking industry. Government Statistician Brian Pink said, “These scholarships strengthen Statistics New Zealand's ability to produce relevant and comprehensive statistics for all New Zealanders. I am pleased one of the previous recipients was successful in joining our graduate development programme, which trains potential leaders for Statistics New Zealand.”

The scholarship has an annual value of $3,500 over three years and recipients are offered work in the department during the university holidays. For further information, visit www.stats.govt.nz.

Ian Ewing

Acting Government Statistician

ENDS

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