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Radio New Zealand Scholarship Winners Announced

Radio New Zealand Scholarship Winners Announced
…supporting the broadcasters of tomorrow


Radio New Zealand has announced the winners of five broadcasting scholarships for students currently studying broadcasting or journalism in New Zealand.

The scholarships, each with a cash grant of $4,000, provide an incentive for students to strive for excellence in their chosen field. The initiative is part of Radio New Zealand’s ongoing commitment to enhancing public broadcasting standards through formal training and development.

Winner of the Wiremu Parker Scholarship, for a student of Maori descent, is Pirimia Burger from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch, a fluent Maori speaker with an excellent knowledge of Maori issues.

Four other scholarship recipients are Claire Crawford from the Canterbury University Journalism School; Anna Saunders and Ziena Jalil, currently studying for a Batchelor of Communications Studies at Auckland University of Technology; and Meredith McGrath from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch.

Each of the students has demonstrated initiative and an outstanding ability in broadcasting or radio journalism.

Announcing the scholarship winners, Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Sharon Crosbie, emphasised the the importance of training, development and succession planning in public broadcasting.

“ Radio New Zealand is committed to providing innovative, comprehensive and independent broadcasting services of the highest standards. We place an emphasis on staff training and development, and recognise the importance of succession planning. By providing an incentive for today’s students, we build a strong base from which to grow the broadcasters of tomorrow.”

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