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Hugh Kawharu (L), James Te Hikoi Paora (R)


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Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science for 2020 - Shannon Bentley

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science for the 2020 academic year has been awarded to Shannon Bentley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Waipara, Mureti). Shannon is embarking on her thesis year as part of her MSc majoring in Ecology and Biodiversity, during which she will be measuring how microbial and plant diversity link to ecosystem function. Shannon also has a special interest in wetland and river restoration, in part reflecting her background growing up on her family farm. She has the keen support of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Waipara who value the learning her research provides. We're very excited and proud to support Shannon - she has outstanding academic credentials, a deep commitment to protecting the environment, an eagerness to learn and natural leadership. He whakamihi tēnei ki a ia mō tana kaha i te ao Māori, me te mihi anō hoki mō tana māramatanga, tohungatanga mo tātou te iwi Māori. The scholarship is offered by the Foundation with assistance from the Royal Society of New Zealand - Te Apārangi.

We're also pleased to report on the 2019 recipient Arna Whaana, whose thesis on contemporary kaitaikaitanga in the context of initiatives such as Predator Free Mahia and the Rongomaiwahine Coastal Marine Title application is very close to submission. Ka mau te wehi Arna!

Alumni hui November 2019

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation held an alumni hui at Orakei on 27 November 2019 at which five alumni were able to attend, along with the Foundation's trustees and supporters. We've now awarded 16 scholarships and grants over 10 years to inspiring Māori students and leaders across the arts, sciences and business. They each have so much to offer to Māori and Aotearoa New Zealand, and to each other - the hui was an opportunity for them to meet and share their stories among themselves and with the Foundation. We heard from Nikau Hindin (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) on her incredible work revitalising the art of tapa beating through her research that was supported by the Foundation and Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. She brought with her some examples of tapa made from aute, and a beater made using traditional methods and tools. Arna Whaanga (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rakaipaaka) updated us on her work establishing a kura at Mahia Peninsula, while also completing her Masters thesis on contemporary kaitaikaitanga. Arna makes important connections in matauranga Māori across her community work and uses her thesis research to inform initiatives being undertaken by her hapū. Shannon Bentley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Waipara, Mureti) is our latest scholarship recipient who will soon embark on her thesis year to complete her MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity. We were all deeply impressed by her enthusiasm and her sense that the land knows what it wants to be, and that the challenge for us is to better understand what that is. Tom Irvine was sponsored through the Committee for Auckland Future Auckland Leaders programme by the Foundation in 2014. It was a formative time for Tom, who was then a successful marketing manager for a global company but now works at Ngati Whatua Orakei quietly leading transformation initiatives for the hapū. He has also taken on a role as director of the Committee for Auckland, already giving back to the organisation that earlier supported his leadership development and making his mark in Tāmaki Makaurau. Kate Mauriohooho (Waikato, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngati Tūwharetoa) received the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science in 2014 and is currently at Victoria University of Wellington completing her PhD in Geology. Kate described her lab work in which her samples are sent to the United States for nuclear analysis. Demonstrating her longstanding love of geology, she also described her earlier efforts in rock analysis as an eight year old - putting them in the oven at home! Kate is a hugely talented yet humble wahine Māori. Kate's dad Joe came with her to Orakei and it was great to share the day with him, too.

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science is a $10,000 scholarship for Māori students engaged in masters level study in the sciences. The Scholarship is provided by the Foundation and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi.

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The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship at the Auckland Museum

The Scholarship comprises a grant of $10,000 and is offered by the Foundation in partnership with the Auckland Museum.  The Museum administers the scholarship.

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Masters Studies in Business

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation in association with the University of Auckland Business School has established a scholarship to support emerging, entrepreneurial and professional Māori who wish to complete post graduate study in Māori business. The scholarship is administered through the University of Auckland.

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