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Source: University of Waikato

University of Waikato students picked up two of the five 2018/19 Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion scholarships.

Kahurangi Waititi (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu) is working towards her PhD in Māori Media and Communications, having previously graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Master of Arts from the University of Waikato.

Kahurangi says as a daughter of a Major in C Company she has grown up around stories of the 28th (Māori) Battalion – the sacrifices they made, the lifelong relationships formed and the hononga whakapapa that gave the Battalion its unique character and fighting edge.

“There is huge significance for me in receiving a scholarship that is an entrenched part of my whakapapa,” she says. The mother of three young children says accepting the scholarship will not only allow her to carry out research during the next two years, it also means she has a responsibility to her communities and whānau “to do this research justice and honour those who have gone before me”.

Kahurangi’s thesis explores mana motuhake through moving image and follows the creative retelling and passing down of a Te Whānau ā Apanui kōrero tuku iho through time and space.

Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa) is the other University of Waikato scholarship recipient. She’s studying towards a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

She says she is honoured to receive the scholarship and acknowledges Victoria Cross winner Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu and the members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

“It’s also important to acknowledge the Ngārimu board who through these scholarships support the pursuit of education.”

She says she’s immensely grateful for the way kaupapa Māori education has enriched her learning and understanding of pūtaiao (science). “As such, I would like to acknowledge Te Kura Kaupapa o Taumārere, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakawātea and Ngā Taiātea Wharekura.”

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