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Local Waikato student teacher was awarded a Kupe Scholarship at a ceremony in Wellington says local MP Barbara Kuriger.

“I am proud to see Taranaki-King Country local Te Whaiwhaia Ritchie has been given a scholarship which will help him with course fees and a study allowance at University of Waikato,” Barbara Kuriger said.

“Kupe Scholarships are named after the Polynesian navigator and explorer who courageously voyaged across the vast unchartered seas of the Pacific.  It is this spirit of determination to succeed which these scholarships recognise and encourage.

“We want to inspire and support talented people into the teaching profession.  Kupe Scholarships do that by recognising our outstanding Māori and Pasifika student teachers.”

Currently completing a Master of Teaching and Learning at Waikato University, Te Whaiwhaia holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, plus a Bachelor of Degree in Sports and Leisure Studies from Waikato. He has been a tutor at Waikato University and St Peter’s College Cambridge. Educated at kōhanga reo and kura primary, Te Whaiwhaia speaks te reo Māori fluently. After a few years overseas, he has returned to New Zealand.

Thirty Māori and Pasifika student teachers in early childhood, primary, and secondary education with strong track records of academic success were awarded scholarships.

“National’s unrelenting focus is on raising achievement for all New Zealanders.  That means supporting our current teachers, and fostering our next generations of teachers, to all be the best role models they can be.

“We want them to inspire the children in their classrooms to help them reach their potential and achieve the best results they can,” Barbara Kuriger said.

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