Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Massey scholarship winner happy to be Ngātiwai role model

Media Release 12 March 2014

Massey University scholarship winner happy to be Ngātiwai’s role model

Ngātiwai’s first ever recipient of a three-year Massey University scholarship to study for Bachelor of Natural Sciences degree (BNatSc), Ramon Curtis, says he is comfortable to be a role model for future generations – but it comes with a qualifier.

“I’m more than happy to step up and be a role model for Ngātiwai youth coming through the secondary school system who want to go to university or get a tertiary qualification,” the 25-year-old says.

“But we have to keep this in perspective, it is all well and good to say you’re happy to be a role model, but first you’ve got to deliver and my priority is to make sure that I concentrate and maintain the standards required for the courses on this degree programme.”

Originally from the picturesque Matapouri Bay, Ramon moved with his family to Auckland and attended Primary school, before carrying out his secondary education on the North Shore. Since then he has completed a diploma in Science and Technology at Massey University and says he then thought about what he wanted to do next.

“I saw the degree was being advertised on the university website and I liked what it offered so I enrolled and I was accepted, and at that stage I hadn’t even thought about applying for the scholarship,” he says.

“Then the scholarship opportunity came up and I was encouraged to apply for it by Ngātiwai Trust Board Resource Management unit manager Clive Stone.”

Mr Stone says Ramon fitted the criteria required to secure the scholarship which was first offered in 2013.

“We have a good working relationship with Massey but we wanted a commitment from them and they came up with this offer for our aspiring Rangatahi,” Mr Stone says.

"Massey University’s, Head of NZ Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin, says the university has a vested interest in working with Ngātiwai.

“This isn’t a one-way street, Massey wants a lot of the secondary school graduates from Northland to come to our university because we have a lot to offer and it allows Iwi like Ngātiwai to build the required capability they want and need within their own people,” Professor Martin says.

“We want Ramon to succeed, we want him to enjoy his time learning with us and we want him to go on to use that knowledge and qualifications in service for his Iwi in the long term.”

Ramon says he understands that he is at university to play the long game.

“One day I want to go back to Ngātiwai and give something back to our people by working with the Resource and Environment team,” he says.

“But I’ve got to learn to walk before I start thinking about running. My only priority for the next three years is to keep my head and nose buried in my studies.”

Ramon’s scholarship, worth around $6,000-a-year, will cover his tuition fees and course materials through the degree programme.

Professor Martin says scholarships such as these will continue to be available for good students into the future.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news