7 Wāhine Toa Win Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarships

Seven young w¯ahine passionate about the taiao (environment), p ¯utaiao (sciences) and Te ao Ma¯ ori have received scholarships at a special ceremony in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton).

This year’s Kiingitanga Day, hosted by the University of Waikato, saw some outstanding students take away Waikato-Tainui and Waikato Regional Council Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarships m¯o te tau 2018.

They are:

• Ng¯apera Keegan (Waikato, Maniapoto, Raukawa, Ng¯ati Porou)

• Jazmine Cashmore (Tainui), Angela Grant (Te Arawa, Ng¯ati T ¯uwharetoa, Raukawa)

• Shakyra Te Aho (Maniapoto), Grace Rihari (Tainui, Ng¯apuhi)

• Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel (Ng¯ai Tuhoe, Ng¯ati Kahu, Ng¯ai Te Rangi)

• Nevada Huaki-Foote (Waikato-Tainui, Ng¯ati Porou).

The seven are studying across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in environmental sciences, biological sciences, environmental planning, law and professional education. Te reo and tikanga Ma¯ ori are also being woven in amongst their primary study selections.

Waikato-Tainui Te Arataura chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen said the scholarships reflect tribal aspirations to invest in the education of taiohi to care for the environment and work collaboratively with regional partners.