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Students rewarded for academic excellence

Students rewarded for academic excellence, mentoring and contribution to Mäori development

Twelve Mäori students received awards from Massey University in Auckland last month in recognition of their contribution to the University, leadership and Mäori development.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Auckland and International) Professor John Raine is pictured with four of the award recipients, from left: Kataraina Hohua, Chris Rodley, Kenneth Taiapa and Kaleb Leeming. Picture – Massey News.

Four undergraduate students received bursaries worth a total of $12,000, sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Auckland and International), Professor John Raine.

The bursars were chosen for their academic performance and contribution to Mäori development on and off campus.

Recipients were:

Kenneth Taiapa (Ngäti Porou, Rongowhakaata), who is studying a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology and Mäori studies. Mr Taiapa was also awarded both Te Pütake Mentor Award in recognition of his leadership among the student community.

Nadita Beauchamp (Tuhoe) is studying for a Bachelor of Arts with a major is social policy. Kataraina Hohua (Tuhoe) who is studying for a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in accountancy. Kaleb Leeming (Ngäti Whätua), who is studying a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in sport business management.

Six postgraduate students received Purehuroa Awards sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Mäori), Professor Mason Durie. These recognise academic performance and students must have a minimum B+ average. The awards are valued at between $2000 and $4000 each.

Recipients were:

Michelle Wright (Ngä Puhi) studying for a Master of Business Administration. Peter Kendrick (Tuhoe) studying for a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons). Robyn Fitzgerald (Te Rarawa, Ngäti Haua) studying for a Masters in Nursing. Sara Poananga (Ngäti Porou, Ngäi Tai) studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Pschology. Chris Rodley (Ngäti Koata), studying for a PhD in genetics. Virginia Tamanui, (Ngä Puhi, Ngäriki) studying for a PhD in Arts and completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Ramona Radford (Ngäi Tai, Whakatohea, Ngäti Porou) was the other recipient of a Te Pütake Mentor award. Ms Radford is studying for a Bachelor of Business Studies. Recipients become mentors of first-year students for five and half hours per week and receive a payment of $1000 per semester.


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