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John Burns Award 2001

This year’s recipients of the John Burns Award are Stephan Austin (18) and Hannah Davies (19), both of Wellington. Stephan is studying towards a degree in Applied Recreation at Canterbury Institute of Technology (Timaru) with Hannah studying for a degree in Design at Massey University College of Design, Fine Arts and Music in Wellington.

Since 1990, the RNZN has been associated with the Public Trust to assist with the selection of suitable recipients for the John Burns Award. The award is named in honour of the late Lieutenant Commander John Burns who was a RNZN Weapons Electrical Officer and later a Defence Scientist. He struggled with illness most of his adult life and died of cancer in 1967.

This award is funded from the residual estate of his sister, the late Doctor Patricia Burns. In establishing the Trust in memory of her late brother Dr Burns intended that it be used to provide tertiary education scholarships to young people who have exhibited perseverance or moral courage in the face of adversity.

In accordance with her Will, two Naval Officers (Commander Peter Crosby and Lieutenant Kate Ayres) have been appointed as Advisory Trustees to help the Public Trust, who administer the Trust.


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For further information please contact:
Lieutenant P.E. (Pauline) Wright RNZN
Naval Public Relations Officer (Wellington)

Tel: (04) 496 0293
Fax: (04) 496 0290
Mobile: (025) 440 638

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