Today, Rangitāne were pleased to host the event awarding the Marlborough Lines Tertiary Scholarship for Māori. The event, held at Ūkaipō, saw Marlborough Lines present three scholarships to:
- Jalen Graham (Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kuia)
- Renee Love (Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui, Ngāi Tahu)
- Louis Pinker-Meihana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata, Ngāi Tahu)
Rangitāne extends its congratulations to the scholarship recipients, who are undertaking studies in Computer Science, Applied Science in Environment, Communications and Journalism. Ka mau te wehi e te whānau!
We also extend our thanks to Marlborough Lines for their generous support, and in doing so, we acknowledge the whakapapa of the scholarship which would not have been possible without the contributions of Aunty Kath Hemi and Laurie Duckworth in the late 1990s.
Ngā mihi nui!
Set up in 1997, the scholarship is offered to tertiary students who reside in Wairau and who have links to one or more of the tangata whenua iwi in the Marlborough Lines catchment area – Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Toa Rangatira ki Wairau, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui and Ngāi Tahu.
Including today’s scholarship recipients, the scholarship has supported 23 Wairau locals in their tertiary studies, with a total investment from Marlborough Lines and its predecessor entities nearing $100,000.