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Published: 2010-07-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has awarded its Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship to University of Waikato students Tredegar Rangiatea Hall and Christina Couling.

The scholarship, set up in 1991 to mark the 25th anniversary of the accession of [the late] Dame Te Atairangikaahu, is awarded annually to Māori students undertaking study in resource management or environmental fields at Waikato University. 

Tredegar Rangiatea Hall, from Taupo, is of Tūwharetoa descent. He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in geography and Māori and has been accepted by the Golden Key Society which recognises students for academic achievement into the top 15 per cent of the University of Waikato across all faculties.

Tredegar aspires to work for his people at home at Tūwharetoa, in an environmental management and planning role, hopefully with the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. He has a particular interest in geographical information systems, resource use, town and environmental planning and tourism planning and has recently completed a thesis on co-management.

"I would be interested to monitor and review the effectiveness of this framework for the Waikato region," he said.

Christina Couling, of Ngāti Porou descent, has completed a Bachelor of Law majoring in management systems following a Bachelor of Science at Otago University in 2006.

From Hamilton, Christina is not only currently working as a trainee technician in microbiology; she is also a volunteer case worker at a Hamilton district community law centre. She believes education is a key factor for strengthening relationships between Māori and local government and she also has a significant interest in co-management of the Waikato River, and hopes to work for the United Nations.

Applications for the 2010/11 Environment Waikato Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship will be accepted from 15 August 2010 to 31 March 2011. For more information, visit  http://www.waikato.ac.nz/research/scholarships.