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Local Waitara student teacher was awarded a Kupe Scholarship at a ceremony in Wellington yesterday says local MPJonathan Young.
“I am proud to see our Waitara local Matarahi Skipper has been given a scholarship which will help him with course fees and a study allowance at Massey University.” Jonathan Young 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.”
Local recipient Matarah Skipper has returned to New Zealand after living in Japan for a number of years and brings a diverse working background and experience, including working in prisons as a head facilitator for Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu, the Maori theatre education company.  Matarahi is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (secondary) through Massey University, and the Kupe Scholarship will provide considerable support to his studies.
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,” Jonathan Young said.

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