The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi, has been awarded to Arna Whaanga (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rakaipaaka).
Arna is working towards completion of a Masters of Māori Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her thesis will examine contemporary kaitaikaitanga in the context of initiatives such as Predator Free Mahia and the Rongomaiwahine Coastal Marine Title application that is currently being processed by the Office of Treaty Settlements.
In her research, Arna aims to bridge and find parallels between matauranga Māori and environmental science.
The scholarship is for Māori students engaged in masters level study in the sciences who demonstrate leadership potential. Arna is a strong and committed advocate for her hapū and iwi environmental and community interests.
He whakamihi tēnei ki a ia mō tana kaha i te ao Māori, me te mihi anō hoki mō tana māramatanga, tohungatanga mo tātou te iwi Māori.