Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Sharples: Ngarimu VC & Maori Battalion Scholarship Awards

Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Associate Minister of Education

23 April 2013 SPEECH

Ngarimu VC and 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Awards Opening Address
Grand Hall Parliament, 3.30pm

Tēnā koutou katoa, ānei rā te mihi ki a koutou katoa e kaha nei ki te hāpai, ki te tautoko i ngā whānau, ngā hapū me ngā marae maha puta noa i o tātou motu whānui nei o Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu.

Otirā me te mihi anō ki a koutou e kaha nei ki te poipoi i a tātou tamariki mokopuna, ka riro hoki ma rātou e hoe te waka apōpō. E tika tonu kia mihi ki o tātou mate e hingahinga tonu nei puta noa i te motu. E kore hoki e taea te karo te taonga nei a te mate. Ka maumahara tonu ki a rātou o ngā hoia i mate i te pakanga tuarua.

Me kī kua poroporoakitia rātou a kua ea katoa ngā āhuatanga ki a rātou, no reira waiho ake rātou te hunga kua moe ki a rātou.

Ka hoki mai ki a tātou te hunga ora e whiriwhiri tonu nei i ngā āhuatanga katoa o te ao hurihuri nei, Tihei Mauri Ora.

I’d like to welcome you all today - board members, honoured guests, parents, whānau, family and friends. And, of course, our scholarship recipients. My congratulations to you all. You should be incredibly proud of yourselves, and your achievements.

We are also very lucky to be joined today by the whānau of Second Lieutenant Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngārimu.

It is his heroism and sacrifice, and that of the men of the 28th Māori Battalion, which we commemorate with these scholarship awards.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Second Lieutenant Ngārimu.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

It takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals.

Second Lieutenant Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngārimu was the first Māori to receive this most prestigious award.

His bravery, determination and leadership - in the face of great danger - are an example to us all, and one that will never fade.

More than 7000 people attended his investiture ceremony at Ruatōria on 6 October 1943.

His parents, Hamuera and Maraea, received the decoration from the Governor-General, Sir Cyril Newall.

His citation describes the attack at Tebaga Gap, Tunisia in which Ngārimu was killed. It says he led his men with courage and leadership… displaying both to the highest order.

To honour the 70th anniversary of Ngārimu’s investiture, I am delighted that the Government will be making a further gesture of support to the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund in the upcoming Budget. It is not appropriate to discuss the full details now, but I am pleased to say the news will be good for those exceptional Māori who wish to further themselves through education, and like Ngārimu himself, make an invaluable contribution to their whānau, hapū, iwi and country.

The criteria for these awards demands a lot from the applicants. Every single one of today’s scholarship recipients not only meets, but exceeds, the criteria.

The Board was so impressed with the calibre of applicants that where there are usually three undergraduate scholarships awarded, today there are five.

Where there is usually one doctoral level scholarship. Today there are two recipients.

You are the high achievers, the leaders among your generation of Māori.

And these scholarships will help you go out into the world and make it a better place, like the men of the 28th Battalion before you.

Theirs was a generation of which much was asked, and even more given.

No New Zealand infantry saw more fighting, or had such heavy casualties, as the 28th Battalion. And no New Zealand infantry received as many individual bravery decorations.

When the 28th Battalion returned home, to the shores of Aotearoa, they returned as heroes.

And on their arrival in Wellington, their commander, Lieutenant-Colonel James Hēnare, dismissed his men with these words:

“Go back to our mountains, go back to our people, go back to our marae. But this is my last command to you all - stand as Māori, stand as Māori, stand as Māori.”

Today, we face very different challenges than the men of the Māori Battalion.

But whilst our times ask different things of us, our goal should be the same as theirs - to stand as Māori. Tu Maori Mai!

To stand together and support each other. To achieve, and in achieving, not sacrifice or compromise who we are, or where we come from.

All of our scholarship recipients here today have done exactly that. They all combine their excellent academic records with active participation in, and support of, te Ao Māori.

And what is particularly exciting - and inspiring - is that you all have innovative plans to make a difference for Māori, once you complete your education.

This includes establishing a school to target rangatahi Māori who are disengaged from education, and helping to advance the aspirations of your whānau, hapu, iwi and community.

It’s really uplifting to see a new generation of young people so determined to give back to the communities they were raised in, preserve their unique culture and improve the overall well-being of their fellow Māori.

A new generation of young people that, I’m sure, Second Lieutenant Ngārimu and the 28th Battalion would be proud of.

Unfortunately, here in New Zealand our education system, despite some recent improvements, still does not perform effectively for too many Māori students.

The evidence shows Māori children and young people succeed in education that has strong relationships with their whānau, and their communities. This is true across early childhood education, primary, secondary and tertiary settings.

We only need to look around the room today to see the critical role whānau play in student success.

Tu Maori Mai. To stand as Māori, just as the 28th Battalion did.

Today represents a special opportunity to honour the past, and celebrate the future, of Māori achievement.

Seventy years ago, the young men of the 28th Battalion returned from war, and became leaders of their generation of Māori. They made a difference to their hapū, their iwi and, ultimately, Aotearoa.

Our scholarship recipients have the same courage, determination and commitment to their people.

I am proud and privileged to present these scholarships to you. You seek excellence in everything you do, not only for yourselves, but for your whānau, your hapū and your iwi.

Your mana, courage and perseverance got you here today, and will get you to wherever you want to go in life.

I’m sure all of you will make a difference for your whānau, your hapū, your iwi, and for Aotearoa. I wish you all the best for the future.

No reira e ngā whānau, hapū me ngā iwi, noho ora mai i raro tonu i ngā manaakitanga a te Runga Rawa. Waiho ake ma te wa ka tutaki a kanohi ano tātou i a tātou.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Winston Peters’ Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

So in the latest 3News-Reid Research poll, New Zealand First and the Conservatives have been the big winners. It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other’s vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist...

Poll fixation though, is a symptom of horse race journalism. To date, the focus has been on the poll numbers for New Zealand First – at 6.3% in this latest poll – and the power that this puts in Peters’ hands. Few are questioning how he’s got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. Yet as sure as night follows day, Winston Peters is once again peddling bile at the immigrants in our midst. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Schools, PPTA Sign Up: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote Down Govt Plan

    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Usual Round Of Mud Slinging And Name-Calling

    This week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the slanging matches. The issue that emerged early this week could hardly be more important. Does the government intend to cut spending in health, education and on the environment if re-elected, or not? More>>

    Earlier:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news