Motueka High School head prefect wins Maori study grant
With a food magazine and a study grant under her belt, Hinemoana Markham-Nicklin is off to conquer a double degree at Victoria University.
The 18-year-old Motueka High School head prefect was one of three Maori students nationally to win a $5000 study grant from the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust.
Markham-Nicklin said her passion for commerce and interest in law had led her to pursue a conjoint degree at Victoria University from next year.
"It's going to be a huge shock," she said of the shift to Wellington.
"But I'm looking forward to all the food and taking the next step and being brave enough to do things by myself – although it's going to be hard to live without my Mum."
Markham-Nicklin's interest in food was given breath through the Young Enterprise Scheme.
She and three high school peers this year formed the Four Foodies and launched a food magazine,Teaspoon.
The group took a YES national excellence award with the production, which featured donated recipes from local and national chefs, and hope to have a further 500 print run out before the public prior to Christmas.
She said the YES experience had been fantastic. "I wish I had done it when I was 12."
Markham-Nicklin went to Ngatimoti Primary School before spending her college years at Motueka High School.
She raved about the college, which she said was a perfect size, celebrated diversity, had amazing staff and punched above its weight in cultural, educational and sporting fields.
She hoped one day to be a good enough lawyer to be able to undertake pro bono work with small community groups.
"But that's a long way in the future."
This was the first year Westpac's Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships were available to Maori school leavers.
The trust was established to promote, develop and provide for the education and advancement of Maori within the banking, finance and general business industries.
Westpac also offered to support the successful applicants with the opportunity to consider work experience during their holidays while they completed their degrees.