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Major Maori development scholarships

12 April 2006

Trust introduces major Maori development scholarships

The Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board, Te Toroihi Matauranga, is investing $40,000 a year in post-graduate study scholarships to benefit Maori education, health, tikanga me te reo Maori and leadership and economic development.

The scholarship programme is intended to build leadership and professional capacity, especially among Ngati Whakaue and related hapu, for the future, the chairman of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment, Malcolm Short, said.

“The programme is an important step in putting into action the Ngati Whakaue Education Strategy 2005,” he said.

“The strategy aims to create a path for Ngati Whakaue that will see us strengthen as individuals, as whanau and as a tribe - whakapakari tangata. “This is a major investment by the Education Endowment in the future of our people.”

The Education Endowment is also using the post-graduate scholarship programme to introduce a new high-technology on-line application system to simplify and speed up access for applicants anywhere in the world. Applications will only be accepted on line. Applications close on 26 May. The new programme offers two scholarships of $20,000 each to students specialising in the study of Maori education, tikanga me te reo Maori, Maori health or Maori social and economic development, including leadership and entrepreneurship.

Applicants must be enrolled in fulltime post-graduate research at a recognised tertiary institution, at Masters or Doctoral level. Priority will be given to applicants who are Ngati Whakaue descendants of an original owner in the Pukeroa Oruawhata block or of one or more of the six Koromatua of Ngati Whakaue, or are members of the related hapu/iwi of Ngati Whakaue who reside in the Lake Rotorua basin.

Priority will also be given to applicants who are participating in the governance or management of existing Ngati Whakaue organisations or who plan to do so in the next five years.

The announcement of the post-graduate scholarship programme builds on the Education Endowment’s existing programme of grants to support primary and secondary schools and education projects and its under-graduate scholarship programme. For more information on the scholarship programme go to www.hultonpatchell.co.nz

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