Winners of the 2017/18 Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion scholarships

The 2017/18 winners of the prestigious Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships were announced in a celebration at Parliament on 26 March 2018.

Awarded annually in honour of the 28th (Māori) Battalion, the scholarships exemplify excellence in education as well as service and commitment to the community.

The 9 winners were announced by the Minister of Youth, the Hon Peeni Henare, also a member of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board.

Undergraduate scholarship winners

Mairarangi Haimona (Waikato, Te Arawa)

Mairarangi Haimoana (Waikato, Te Arawa)

Mairarangi (Maira) is a fifth year medical student at Otago University’s Wellington campus.

She grew up in the Waikato, started her studies in Dunedin, and is completing her clinical years at Wellington Hospital.

Throughout her career she has been committed to the advancement of Māori health by actively participating on regional and national Māori executives, organising events for Māori medical students and contributing to kaupapa Māori research.

The Ngārimu scholarship will help offset the costs of her studies and she is hoping to go on a couple of overseas placements, including the Cook Islands where she has a keen interest following work with Family Planning New Zealand.

During her clinical placements she has enjoyed interventional work like anaesthetics and surgery, but hasn’t settled on a specialist medical pathway yet.

Maira knew people who had successfully applied in the past to be Ngārimu scholars and didn’t think she was at the same level, but was encouraged by a friend to apply and is proud to join a long list of successful scholarship recipients.

Ngāpera Keegan (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Apakura)

Ngāpera Keegan (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Apakura)

Ngāpera is studying towards her Bachelor of Science, majoring in environmental science, at Waikato University.

Her first language is te reo Māori and her education up until university has also been in te reo Māori. She attended Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tōku Māpihi Maurea and Ngā Taiātea Wharekura.

From a young age she was always passionate about taiao and learning about how everything in the environment works, which fuelled her love for science. She was the Dux and the academic prefect at her wharekura and believed that her mātauranga Māori she has obtained through her schooling years would give her a different perspective of science and the environment from a Māori world view.

In the future, Ngāpera hopes to use the knowledge she has gained at university, return to her marae and her iwi and restore the land and the environment to its former glory.

Johannah Katene-Burge (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui)

Johannah Katene-Burge (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui).

Ko Frederick rātou ko taku ko George Katene ōku tūpuna i tae atu ki te pae o te riri, ki ngā pakanga nui e rua. Ko Wikitoria Katene hoki tōku tūpuna, te nāhi Māori tuatahi.

I tērā tau ka riro i a au te hōnore kia tū hei kākākura wāhine mō Te Kāreti o Kāpiti. Heoi, ināianei, he tauira au ki Te-Whare-Wānanga-o-Waikato. Ko tāku he whai i te tohu kaiwhakahaere. Nōku te māringanui ki te whiwhi i tēnei karahipi hei hāpai ki te whao i aku kete mātauranga. Papaki kau ana ngā mihi ki Te- Tāhuhu-o-Te-Mātauranga. Nā rātou au i āwhina ki te whakatinana i aku wawata.

Johannah is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Management Studies through The University of Waikato, majoring in strategic management, minoring in human resources. Currently, Johannah envisages doing her honours in either Germany, France or Spain at a tertiary provider Waikato has a strategic relationship with.

The scholarship will help offset the cost of total studies over the four year period.

Johannah has connections to the Ngārimu kaupapa through 4 of her elders: her great-great-uncles, Frederick and Taku Katene, serving in the First World War; great-uncle, Lieutenant George Katene, who served in the Second World War; and great-aunt, Wikitoria Te Huruhuru Katene, the first Māori nurse, who also served during the Second World War.

Masters Scholarship winners

Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne (Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne (Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu).

Kimiora is currently studying towards her Master of Arts in Māori broadcasting at Waikato University.

She will be researching three areas of a six part Māori media model called Mata Ono - a collaborative research project with her partner, Te Aorere Pewhairangi.

Kimiora aims to provide a more informed, evidence-based, Māori approach to practices and processes of production within the industry.

Prior to pursuing postgraduate study, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Māori and Politics at Auckland University, before starting her career in media.

Te Aorere Pēwhairangi (Ngāti Porou)

Te Aorere Pēwhairangi (Ngāti Porou).

Te Aorere is studying towards a Master of Arts Degree in Māori Broadcasting at Waikato University.

A graduate of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa, wharekura, Te Pinakitanga, Te Panekiretanga and Massey University, for the past four years he has been working at Māori Television.

Te Aorere and his partner Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne have developed a Māori broadcasting model. They hope it will act as a base for Māori media outlets, and a tool for tertiary and secondary school providers to train Māori broadcasters with a Māori world-view.

He grew up in a Māori language environment and did not formally learn English until the age of 12. Te Aorere is passionate about the Māori language.

Te Puoho Katene (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Whātua)

Te Puoho Katene (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Whātua).

Te Puoho is a Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and will graduate with a Master of Science in Management.

He is concurrently pursuing a Certificate of Public Management and Social Innovation, enriching his business school experience with a focus on social enterprise, impact investment, philanthropic innovation and maximising the social impact of for-profit businesses.

Te Puoho’s aspiration is to enable Māori businesses and tribal organisations to pursue holistic prosperity through building bespoke business models that allow tribal organisations to incorporate non-financial (cultural) value into their strategic decision making.

He is committed to the pursuit of Māori self- determination through economic emancipation.

Doctoral Scholarship winners

Pauline Adams (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui)

Pauline Adams (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui).

Pauline Adams is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. Her PhD research investigates cultural identity development of biracial Māori-Pākehā individuals against prevailing societal and cultural narratives.

It explores how Māori-Pākehā foster an indigenous identity and worldview, alongside a western, settler identity. Her research also considers how these sometimes conflicting and contrasting worldviews are reconciled to form a secure hybrid identity.

Pauline has worked in education for the past 20 years. She is a trained primary teacher who has taught in Aotearoa as well as the United Kingdom and Botswana, and on her return home Pauline joined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa where she currently works.

She was a kaiako in primary education for five years and has been a Māori Research Advisor since 2015.

Pauline’s grandfather was Frank Katene McDonald (Cotton McDonald) of the 28th (Māori) Battalion C Company.

She said the scholarship was an acknowledgement of the legacy of the 28th (Māori) Battalion, but also meant she was accountable to both the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and her whānau to make a meaningful contribution in her field of research.

Dr Jamie-Lee Tuhoe (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi)

Dr Jamie-Lee Tuhoe (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi).

Jamie-Lee is a junior doctor based at Middlemore Hospital and set to embark on a PhD in Surgery through Auckland University. She completed her medical training in 2014.

Her doctorate thesis will investigate clinical outcomes and experiences for Māori who have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Jamie-Lee is passionate about addressing Māori health inequities, particularly within bariatric surgery. With obesity one of the highest health risks facing both Māori and non-Māori alike, she wants to examine the discriminatory factors facing obese patients – including the cost – to those who have the procedure.

Being a Ngārimu scholarship recipient will make her accountable, Jamie-Lee says, for improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders but for Māori in particular.

Jamie-Lee’s great great grandfather Henare Poananga was raised with Second Lieutenant Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu.

She has 2 gorgeous daughters, Nalani and Maiana, and will be welcoming her third child in April.

Manakura Award winner

Te Hemanawa (Hema) Temara (Tūhoe)

Te Hemanawa (Hema) Temara (Tūhoe).

Hema was born in Ruatoki, and raised by her grandparents with her 22 siblings on their farm. She was blessed at an early age to be influenced in the vitality, essence, and identity of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

This was the same for two of her 4 children. The community influenced their way of life and Hema’s grandparents gave them traditional values to know who they are now. Her whānau were surrounded by kaikaranga, kai whaikōrero, hapū scholars, creative and innovative story tellers who could recall history and made it relevant for her.

The marae was the centre of teaching and a learning journey she grew up with, in view and hearing her cultural and customary law, karakia, karanga, whaikōrero, pātere, and mōteatea.

The Ngārimu scholarship will allow Hema to study the 28th (Māori) Battalion B Company of which her uncles and koroua of Tūhoe were a part of.

The scholarship will study their contribution to karanga. She aims to bring their voices at home and on the battle fields through her research and feels a deep sense of responsibility to bring them home to serve 62 marae in Tūhoe.

She will dedicate 3 chapters of her doctorate thesis to their voices to give analysis, interpretation to their dynamic knowledge and voices. Connected to this is Tūhoe- Ruātoki’s contribution to the New Zealand armed forces at Gallipoli.

Hema has 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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