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

 


Top scholars recognised

Hon Hekia Parata

Minister of Education

15 May 2013

Media Statement
STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 5.00pm

Top scholars recognised

Wellington College students Thomas Leggat and Nicholas On have been jointly awarded this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Education Minister Hekia Parata attended an event where Prime Minister John Key presented the award at the Top Scholar Award ceremony at Government House today.

“This Award recognises the top-achieving student in the annual New Zealand Scholarship awards and is the highest academic accolade students can aim for at secondary school,” says Ms Parata.

“Thomas and Nicholas each achieved such outstanding results in last year’s Scholarship exams, choosing between the two was impossible.”

Thomas achieved Outstanding Scholarships in Classical Studies, History, and Media Studies and Scholarships in Economics, English, Geography, and Statistics and Modelling.

Nicholas achieved Outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Mathematics with Calculus, Physical Education, and Statistics and Modelling and Scholarships in Biology, and Physics.

“Both students not only reached the pinnacle of academic success in their school careers, but also displayed strong leadership qualities and all-round achievement in areas such as sport and debating.

“Thomas and Nicholas’ achievements across the board show a work ethic and desire to succeed that will hold them both in good stead for future success.”

Thomas is now studying towards a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland, while Nicholas is studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago.

Earlier at the ceremony 35 Top Subject Scholar Awards and 10 Premier Scholar Awards were presented by the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Minister of Education Hekia Parata, respectively.

Winners of Premier Awards and the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence are recommended to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority by an expert panel of academics.

The recipients can be found here: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/announcing-the-2012-new-zealand-scholarship-award-winners/

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urgent Bill Planned:
MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

Mr Key says the decision was made after the Remuneration Authority’s latest determination which saw the total remuneration received by MPs increased by about 3.5 per cent...

The new legislation will be backdated to 1 July 2014, meaning the pay increase outlined in the latest determination will not be awarded. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news