Media release

Date 3 August 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Three postgraduate students from Tūwharetoa have been awarded scholarships by the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust to support their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The scholarship recipients for 2022 are Shaun McNeil, Keiha Nicol and Heni Unwin, and each will receive $10,000 in recognition of their academic excellence.

“We are proud to support these future leaders who bring a unique kaupapa Māori view to their work, which will enrich their chosen field of study,” says Dame Georgina te Heuheu, Deputy Chair of the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust.

Keiha Nicol

Shaun McNeil is working towards a PhD (Chemistry) at the University of Waikato. Keiha Nicol is studying for a Master of Science (Geology) at Victoria University. Heni Unwin is striving for a Master of Science (Environmental Science) at the University of Canterbury.

McNeil’s research looks at the compounds created by nature and how they can benefit people. Nicol is working on understanding the science behind the geothermal systems within the greater Te Arawa, Rotorua/Taupō area. Nicol aims to use his insights to be a kaitiaki of the geothermal systems of Tūwharetoa hapū and marae. Unwin is examining the impact of microplastic fibres and natural fibres on the capacity of mussels to clean our waters.

Dame Georgina says the scholarships which are awarded annually, are part of the overall commitment of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to growing future leaders who will benefit the tribe and all of Aotearoa. More information on the scholarships, the recipients and their research is in the attached appendices.


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