Rona Scholarship Fisheries Undergraduate Scholarship

Press Release – Te Putea Whakatupu

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is pleased and excited to announce the launch of its new Scholarship: Rona Scholarship Fisheries Undergraduate Scholarship for 2012 RONA SCHOLARSHIP
FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND MARINE SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2012

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is pleased and excited to announce the launch of its new Scholarship:
Rona Scholarship
Fisheries Undergraduate Scholarship for 2012

The Rona Scholarship is offered to Māori completing a degree in fisheries, aquaculture or marine sciences associated with the fisheries and aquaculture industries. There are up to 10 scholarships of $10,000 each and recipients are required to attend the Charting Pathways to Māori Industry Futures Conference to be held 26-28 August, 2012.

The new Rona Scholarship is designed to help address Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust’s strategic focus on lifting the level of Māori participation in middle and senior science and management roles in the fisheries and aquaculture industries. Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is concerned to ensure the potential of the Post Treaty Settlement Era is maximised by leveraging capacity and capability building to support greater Māori control and involvement in decision making in Māori fisheries and aquaculture futures.

The celestial being, Rona (personification of the moon), or Rona-whakamau-tai (Rona who controls the tides) is the primary celestial being used from ancient times through to today to guide harvest and management activities associated with fishing and the harvest of other seafood. Similarly, it is hoped this scholarship will help ensure our rangatahi developing their fisheries, aquaculture and marine science skills eventually find their way back to a role in Māori fishing and aquaculture industries.

The Rona Scholarship sits alongside the Tāwera Scholarship which is offered to Māori completing a bachelor degree in business, management, or commerce. Applications for the Tāwera Scholarship are now open, with the Trust offering up to 30 scholarships of up to $10,000 each

The celestial being, Tāwera (Venus as the morning star), was a primary star used for celestial navigation by the first voyagers from Hawaiiki to Aotearoa. Similarly, it is hoped this scholarship will help guide our rangatahi developing their Māori business and industry skills back to a role in Māori industries and Māori economic development with whānau, hapū and iwi. Tāwera is also the brightest celestial being in the night sky after the moon. Similarly, we hope our scholarship recipients will shine brightly as stars in the future success of Māori in middle and senior management of our key Māori entities.

It is envisaged that the recipients of both scholarship’s will be committed to the future economic and social development of Māori, iwi, hapū and whānau and help ensure the sustainability and appropriate management of Māori owned assets.

An important component of the Rona and Tāwera Scholarships is the requirement to attend the 2012 conference hosted by Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust – Ngā Whetū Hei Whai – Charting Pathways to Māori Industry Futures. Attending the conference will provide an opportunity for the scholarship recipients to meet Māori, iwi and industry leaders and to hear about their future plans and aspirations for iwi and other Māori economic entities. Māori industry leaders in turn have an opportunity to motivate and inspire the scholarship recipients to commit to some future role with either a Te Ohu Kaimoana related entity, iwi, or other Māori ventures. It is envisaged that this will further inspire more of our rangatahi to see a future potential future role for them in these Māori industry futures.

Application forms for both scholarships can be downloaded from the Te Putea Whakatupu Trust website (www.tpwt.maori.nz)
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