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2024 Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships announced

Thirteen Māori students have been awarded Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships and Awards in recognition of their dedication and outstanding achievements, Minister for Education and Ngarimu Board Chair, Erica Stanford announced today.

This year’s recipients include one doctoral candidate, four master’s students, four undergraduate students, two vocational education and training students, and two secondary school students.

“These scholarships pay homage to the brave men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion and commemorate Victoria Cross winner Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu,” said Ms Stanford.

The scholarships were established in 1945 to assist Māori achievers to succeed in education and to contribute as leaders in New Zealand and overseas. More than 300 scholarships have been awarded since.

“Each and every one of the recipients exemplify commitment, determination, and leadership, just as the valiant men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion did.

“The recipients are a true testament to the essence of these special awards and are an inspiration to us all,” said Ms Stanford.

The Waiata Composition Competition is the newest addition to the Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships and Awards, and will be open for Māori learners in Years 7 to 13.

“The competition was developed to encourage Māori learners to explore their creativity and increase their awareness and understanding of the contribution the 28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers, pouaru and community, made to whānau, hapū, iwi, and the shape of our modern nation.”

“I look forward to seeing how our talented students will share their knowledge and personal connections to the 28th (Māori) Battalion through waiata.”

The Waiata Composition Competition will be open for submissions from April 2024, and more information will be available on the Ministry of Education website


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