Grant scheme continues to deliver

A grant scheme set up 30 years ago to benefit Taranaki Maori continues to provide dividends for the region.

So far this year, Parininihi ki Waitotara Trust (PKW) has awarded $235,450 towards nine scholarships and 177 tertiary grants.

PKW chief executive Dion Tuuta said the scholarship scheme supported the important role education played in improving outcomes for Maori.

"Education is going to be the key to Taranaki Maori growing and developing," he said.

While agriculture is the core business of PKW, those applying for either the undergraduate scholarships or tertiary grants can study in any field.

"The challenge is to show the connection," said PKW's community development manager Allie Hemara-Wahanui.

She said one example of this was Mitchell Ritai, a postgraduate recipient of the Charles Bailey Scholarship.

As the general manager of Te Reo o Taranaki, his study towards an MBA provides him with an opportunity to utilise concepts like knowledge management and strategic governance within a distinctly Maori context.

Tuuta said although the ultimate return on PKW's investment would be for all successful candidates to return to the region with their various expertise, their general success and wellbeing was just as important.

PKW's next round of grants are targeted at secondary school students studying towards NCEA. Applications for these grants open in September. For more information visit

PKW Postgraduate scholarships; Mitchell Ritai (MBA), Te Aroha Hohaia (PhD), Raiha Hooker (Master of Management) and Hayden Hamilton (Master of Science).

PKW Undergraduate scholarships; Te Waikapoata Tamati (dentistry), Natasha Bishop (nursing), Kowhaiwhai Hohaia (science), Tawera Trinder (midwifery) and Saoirse O'Sullivan (arts).

Taranaki Daily News