Te Wai Māori is proud to announce that our Wai Māori Scholarship has been awarded to five tauira Māori in the pursuit of their environmental studies. A total of $30,000.00 was made available for the 2023 Wai Māori scholarship. This scholarship aims to support the next generation of Māori working with our taonga freshwater fisheries and their habitat.  

This year’s recipients include two Waikato University PhD students, Indi Novak and Siobhan Nuri Indi’s research investigates how freshwater macroalgae can be used to treat nutrients, human pathogens, and emerging contaminants in primary wastewater using high-rate algal ponds. Siobhan‘s research looks at insights into early life histories of tuna. 

Other recipients include Mariah Montagnani, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) at Massey University; Aria Ngarimu, another undergraduate student studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies and Māori Resource Management) & LLB at Victoria University of Wellington; and Shannon Henare, who is studying towards a Diploma in Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. 

Learn more about the scholarship or sign up to the pānui list for the next scholarship round by clicking on the button below.