2020 and 2021 Kupe Scholars Announced

Celebrating the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the prestigious TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers.

Forty-eight Māori and Pacific student teachers, across 2020 and 2021, have been awarded the prestigious Kupe Scholarships in recognition of their high academic achievement and leadership potential. 

Due to the restrictions of Covid-19, the 2020 and 2021 awards ceremonies were cancelled. Associate Ministers of Education the Hon Kelvin Davis and the Hon Aupito William Sio shared their messages of congratulations virtually.

Message from Hon Kelvin Davis(external link)

Message from Hon Aupito William Sio(external link)

The Kupe Scholarship, worth over $22,000, aims to attract highly accomplished Māori and Pacific students to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary education.

2022 applications open 1 February 2022. For more information visit Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers | TeachNZ(external link) 

Congratulations again to all of our inspiring Kupe Scholars!

2020 Kupe Scholars

2021 Kupe Scholars

Melissa-Sue Miller

Bobbi-Grace Hay

Lute Takau

Jenna Reddy

Jazpah Tata

Ashley Rutter

Malia Tautalanoa

Quinessa Sullivan

Daniel Kelly

Jemina Hohaia

Margaret-Jane Hayter

Omar Balizi

Renee Murray

Nichola Murray

Ashiana Khan

Grace Schrader Manuera

Maldanoeline Sinaumea

Teremoana Tokaduadua

Janna Hilliard

Seini Anderson

Sophie Williams

Feleti Poepoe Pesefea

Ruatapu Te Whitu

Amie Bishop

Henry Kershaw

Melissa Bradley

Jessie Heke

Keona Campbell

Hannah Shadwell

Luseane Cains

Jazmin Hodge

Ariane Russo

Jaleesa Hemi

Kendyll Haapu

Gemma Moore

Ngahuia Thomas

Kelly-Marie Watts

Tyla Sharrock-Maifea

Nicholas Vemoa


Jessie Wharekura


Grace Turner


Sophie Iako


Aria Parata-Walker


Hannah-Lee Patu


Jacob Angus


Tipapa Bracken


Esther Soochoon-Nosa


Saimealafo Tapaleao


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