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


Nau mai ki tēnei paetukutuku o te Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation : He wawata mo ngā wheturangi


Museum scholarship and research grant

This year’s Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship at Auckland War Memorial Museum has been awarded to Elisabeth (Lizzy) Myers. Given the strength of applications this year, a Research Grant has also been awarded to Kayreen Riana Tapuke. The scholarship and research grant are offered by the Kawharu Foundation, with support from the Ko Tawa Fund, in partnership with Auckland Museum. The awards were announced at a function held at the Museum on 19 October 2016, and have been taken up for the 2017 academic year.

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship - Elisabeth Myers

The $10,000 scholarship is made available to a full-time student of Māori descent with an interest in cultural heritage. This year’s recipient, Lizzy Myers (Ngāti Kura, Ngāpuhi) is currently completing a Ph.D in Marine Ecology and Statistics at Massey University, Albany. “I am incredibly honoured to be a recipient of this award and am determined to make the most of the opportunity it provides,” says Lizzy. “I’m especially excited to work with the Museum’s extensive collection, which has many of the species I’m interested in.” Lizzy’s project is aligned with the Museum fish collection, which she will be including in the dataset for analysis. ”We were very impressed by the obvious enthusiasm Lizzy has for science, backed up by strong academic results,” says Chanel Clarke, Auckland Museum’s Curator, Māori. “Lizzy’s research has the potential to contribute to iwi and mātauranga Māori pertaining to the deep sea, which is exactly the kind of leadership the Museum, and the Kawharu Foundation, were hoping to encourage as a result of this scholarship,” continues Chanel.

Sir Hugh Kawharu Research Grant - Kayreen Riana Tapuke
For the first time this year a Research Grant has been awarded, comprising a $5,000 grant made available to a full-time student of Māori descent with an interest in cultural heritage. The recipient is Kayreen Riana Tapuke (Ngai Tai, Whakatohea, Taranaki, Ngati Porou, Tuhoe). Kayreen, who is completing her Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge: He Waka Hiringa, says the Research Grant is an honour and a privilege to accept and she is looking forward to encouraging a knowledge exchange between Auckland Museum and Ngai Tai. “The aim of my rangahau project is to uplift the healing and wellbeing of the community of Ngai Tai Iwi by adding real value,” says Kayreen.
“My work with the Museum next year will be to, firstly, rangahau and celebrate the Mick Pendergrast collection that relates directly to Torere and Opape, and to rangahau about the soldiers. I feel very positive about rediscovering these taonga at Auckland Museum.”

Auckland Museum Director Roy Clare, comments: “the Museum is an open-handed kaitiaki for taonga of international significance, so we are truly delighted that two such talented scholarship winners will be carrying out research to shed new light, share knowledge and generally support our commitment to re-connecting taonga with communities. We add our warmest congratulations to Lizzy and Kayreen and we gratefully acknowledge the Ko Tawa fund and our ongoing, innovative partnership with the Trustees of the Kawharu Foundation.”  Kawharu Foundation chair, Amokura Kawharu, notes that the awards to Lizzy and Kayreen are fitting legacies to Sir Hugh's work with the Museum. “The Trustees are very pleased to partner with the Museum to support scholars of such a high calibre”, she says.

Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science - Stacey Niao

The Foundation is also delighted to announce the award of the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science for 2017 to Stacey Niao. Stacey is enrolled at Wintec in its masters course on Leadership in Sport and Leisure. Stacey has represented New Zealand in Volleyball and completed her undergraduate studies at Illinois State University, in the United States, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 2015. We wish her all the best for her studies. Nei ra ngā mihi nui ki a ia, e te wheturangi o Ngati Awa me Ngati Tuwharetoa. He whakamihi tēnei ki a koe mo toū kaha i te ao Māori, me te mihi anō hoki mo tōu maramatanga, tōu tohungatanga mo tātou te iwi Māori.


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 closing date for applications for the 2018 academic is 15 September 2017.

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The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Masters Studies in Business

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation is working with the University of Auckland Business School to establish a new scholarship to support emerging, entrepreneurial and professional Māori who wish to complete a masters degree in business. Further information will be provided in due course.

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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.