2023 Kupe Scholars announced

We are proud to announce the 31 recipients of the 2023 Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers.

Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are recognised for their high academic achievement and leadership potential.

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 teachers in early learning, primary and secondary education. 

The inspiring scholars will be celebrated with an awards ceremony hosted by the Associate Ministers of Education Hon Kelvin Davis and Hon Jo Luxton at Parliament buildings on Wednesday 2 August.  

Congratulations to all our 2023 Kupe Scholars. A full list of this year’s scholars is below. 

For information on the next round of Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers, visit the TeachNZ website.

Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers – TeachNZ(external link)

List of Māori Kupe scholars 

List of Pacific Kupe scholars 

Moana Besselink

Hans Purcell Percy Aiono 

Ruby Leanne Borland-Fraser 

Kenneth Chapman 

Manaia Canterbury

Navili Ne’ole Maladina 

Karen J Dell 

Katerina Siakifilo-Davis 

Grace Foster 

Tamara Sikuri 

Krystal Aroha Ratu Hasler

Shaleshni Lata Singh 

Alexander Thomas David Hickman 

Vilipasi Christopher Tau’alupe 

Amiria Ihaka 

Ana Va’afusuaga 

Taimana Iversen 

Pevelini Beverley Aiga Tulia Wihongi 

Tania Rose Jackson 


Caity Kenny 


Brylee Kingi-Piahana 


Ty Matika 


Jurnee Moore 


Braxton Murray


Autumn Portia Pomare


Emma Rose Purves


Rutene Raukawa Victor Rickard


Jessica Elizabeth Stock


Shaquille Jordan Te Kawau Stone


Jordaan Wihongi


Kim Willison



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