Kupe Scholarships recognise highly accomplished Māori and Pacific student teachers

The 2022 Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers has been awarded to twenty-six student teachers, in recognition of their high academic achievement and leadership potential.

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

The inspiring 2022 scholars will be celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by the Associate Minister of Education (Pacific Peoples), Hon Aupito William Sio, at Parliament buildings on Wednesday 14 September. 

The next round of Kupe Scholarships opened for applications on 17 January 2023 and closed on 14 February 2023. For more information visit the TeachNZ website(external link). 

Māori Kupe scholars 

Pacific Kupe scholars 

Rebecca Atkins 

Mary Ake 

Nathan Grant 

Tori Iosefo 

Lukas Green 

Latesha Latu 

Taylor Hakaraia-Woon 

Summer Richards 

Amy Hancock 

Richard Tau’alupe 

Claire Hartley 

Jacinta Vailala 

Daniel Hepi 

Andy Valeni 

Candace Mariri Carroll 


Jahnae Philips 


Tepora Priest 


India Rewha 


Sally Taueki Kinghazel 


Hinemoana Tautari 


Kohu Thomas 


Shakentah Tutapakore 


Ruby Waetford-Wilson 


Wirihana Wilson 


Ngakopakopa Wilson 


Claudia Wollaston 


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