Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship supports educational excellence

Applications for the Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship are now open to Māori students studying at any tertiary institution.  The scholarship, funded by the Māori Soldiers Trust, distributes between $500 and $3000 per recipient to support the academic career of students who have demonstrated a strong interest in Māori language and culture.

The Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship was established by the Māori Soliders Trust Act 1957 to promote and support higher education amongst Māori. The funds for the scholarship come from the profit made by their sole asset, Hereheretau Station, a sheep and beef farm in Whakakī, Wairoa.

Ashlee Takarangi-Keelan, a mother of two and now a graduate of a Bachelor of Education degree, reflects on the support of the scholarship to her studies.

“I live in Ruatoria and studied extramurally through Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. As part of the course requirements I had to travel once a month to Whakatane, which is a three hour drive from my home, to stay and study for one week. The Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship really helped to relieve the financial stress of travel costs and income loss while I was away.  As a descendent of veterans that fought in both the first and second world wars, I was honoured to receive the scholarship. It was a blessing to me and my family,” says Ashlee.

The scholarship and farm are administered by Te Tumu Paeroa, the New Māori Trustee, and is open to all Māori students though, where practical, preference will be given to descendants of World War I veterans. With 2014 marking the centenary of the start of World War I, the head of Te Tumu Paeroa, Jamie Tuuta reflects on the significance of this scholarship.

“It is important for us to remember the sacrifices made by those brave young men and the Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship honours that sacrifice by supporting their Māori sons and daughters to excel in their educational aspirations. Ka maumahara tonu tatou i a ratou,” says Jamie.

Applications will be accepted for 2015 scholarships until 1 May 2015.

Scholarship enquiries: For more information and to download an application form visit http://www.tetumupaeroa.co.nz/sir-apirana-ngata-memorial-scholarships

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