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Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the five outstanding winners of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in 1948 in honour of the 28th Māori Battalion and supports future Māori leaders to be successful in education.

…Diane Koti, this year’s doctoral recipient, is studying to become a clinician and aspires to establish a kaupapa Māori end-of-life care facility.

This year’s masters recipient, Kingi Snelgar, is one of just three New Zealanders admitted to Harvard Law School and aims to become a Supreme Court Justice.

The three undergraduate recipients are:

Herewini Ammunson, who is studying law and commerce
Samantha Jackson, who is studying medicine
Hariata Rongo Dalton Reedy, who is studying Māori visual arts
“Of the 114 applications we received this year, these five outstanding winners stood out. They show other young Māori what can be achieved through belief, commitment and hard work,” says Ms Parata.




It was a special night in Parliament this evening with Willie Apiata, VC, and Robert Gillies, B Company veteran, celebrating the five young Maori who received their Ngarimu VC and 28th Maori Battalion Memorial Scholarships – Herewini Ammunson, Samantha Jackson, Hariata Dalton-Reedy and Diane Koti were there to accept their awards along with their whanau and friends. The fifth recipient, Kingi Sneglar, is studying in the US having been one of just three NZers admitted to Harvard Law School, but he sent in a video message and his whanau was there on his behalf. These outstanding young people are going to do great things – watch this space! Thanks to Willie Apiata, VC, for celebrating with us.

-Hekia Parata Facebook page


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  • intelligentes candida diva

    Impressive commitment ‘Tu tangata’

  • RockinBob625

    Wow, Harvard Law! Well done that man, and to all the recipients. Look forward to hearing those names in the future.

  • Catriona

    I just love to see young people who grasp the importance of education. There will be so many doors open to these students in the future that they haven’t even dreamed of yet.