Environment Waikato has awarded its annual Dame Te Ata Irangikaahu Maori Scholarship to Waikato University science and technology student Joseph Butterworth of Rotorua.
The scholarship was set up in 1991 to mark the 25th anniversary of Dame Te Ata Irangikaahu and is awarded on merit to up to two Maori students undertaking resource management courses at Waikato University.
Joseph, who is affiliated to Te Arawa and Ngati Porou, receives a $2000 scholarship towards his studies. He is in his third year of a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree, majoring in biology. Next year he is undertaking masters studies in either marine or freshwater ecology, from a perspective benefiting Maori.
Joseph was educated at John Paul College in the school’s bilingual unit. He said that while he enjoyed the many challenges of science, he had found strong interests in marine and freshwater ecology. He is also a keen rower with the Waikato club novice team, and this year has also won scholarships from Te Ohu Kai Moana and Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust.
While at university he has worked with NIWA’s Marine Benthic Group helping on field trips and laboratory experiments.