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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


The 2016 recipient of the Kawharu Science Scholarship, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, was recently awarded a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award for 2017. The Fulbright will see her travel to Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA, to study for a PhD in Plant Pathology. This follows completion of her MSc entitled "Uncovering Microbiota Profiles and Traditional Māori Host Plants of Wiseana spp. in New Zealand". During her research, Hanareia also discovered that porina were likely to have been used as pigment for tā moko as they can be infected by the Cordyceps fungus, although the extent of their use is unknown.

Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science for 2017 - 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.

Museum scholarship and research grant for 2017

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 in late 2016 and have been taken up for the 2017 academic year.



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 year has now passed. A call for applications for the 2019 academic year will be made in 2018.

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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.