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


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Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship at the Auckland Museum for 2020 - Tracy Maniapoto

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship has been awarded to Tracy Maniapoto.

The $10,000 scholarship, offered annually by the Kawharu Foundation in partnership with Auckland Museum, supports and encourages Māori research and leadership, particularly in the field of cultural heritage. This year’s recipient, Tracy Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, is completing her PhD in Māori Studies at Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (School of Māori Knowledge). As a doctoral student, Tracy is exploring the relationships between te reo Māori revitalisation, adult language learners, GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) cultural heritage institutions and Māori social and cultural aspirations. Tracy's research is part of a Marsden project on the contribution that GLAMs are making to the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

Auckland Museum’s Manager Māori Development Nicola Railton says Tracy was selected as this year’s recipient of the scholarship due to her excellent academic record, leadership potential and her research proposal which strongly aligns with the Museum’s kaupapa. “The Scholarship will enable Tracy to conduct her research alongside Auckland Museum to explore adult second language learners of te reo Māori and their perceptions of the GLAM sector in supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori,” says Nicola.

Tracy was awarded the certificate at the Museum Medals evening by Kawharu Foundation trustee James Mace. James says the scholarship is a fitting legacy to Sir Hugh’s contributions to the Museum. “Tracy is a deserving recipient and the Foundation is very pleased to partner with the Museum to support a scholar doing such important work,” he says.

Tracy says she would like to extend a heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation. “It is a privilege to have been chosen. I am looking forward to working with the team and collections at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. What excites me most about this research journey  is listening to the kōrero our taonga want to share,” she says.   


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.

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.

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 Award for Studies in Business

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

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