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Ngā Tohu Toi Hau Awards recognise Māori student excellence

24 November 2023

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai and Lanee Waho
Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai and Lanee Waho

Tauira Māori excellence at the University of Waikato has been recognised, honoured and celebrated at a recent awards ceremony on the Hamilton campus.

Ngā Tohu Toi Hau Awards highlight the top tauira Māori across the University, in areas including academic achievement and community contribution, across all years, faculties and divisions.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, says the awards are a way to acknowledge a year of mahi put in by students.

"Of particular note is Te Manu Taupori, an award that's not just about academic success. It recognises the mana of the recipient and the time and energy they put into everything they do, from study to sport, kindness to kaupapa, and students are nominated by their peers."

This year also saw the introduction of He Rakau Taumatua, a new award similar to Te Manu Taupori, but with staff nominating students they believe go above and beyond within their communities and their academic divisions and faculties.

Te Manu Huia was awarded for only the second year, an award recognising an outstanding contribution made by a group or individual to the University. This year's winner, Lanee Waho, was also received seven nominations for two other awards, a reflection of the extensive contribution she makes to campus life.

Dr Tiakiwai says the University's tauira Māori are dedicated and supportive.

"It's an honour to be able to recognise all of them and the work they have all put in this year."

Along with award-winners, who each received a taonga designed by alumna and local designer Nichola Te Kiri, the ceremony, held at The Pā, recognised nearly 150 postgraduate tauira who have recently submitted their Masters or PhD research for completion.

Te Āhurutanga students
Participants in Te Āhurutanga, the student leadership programme, attending the awards

Full list of winners

Te Manu Taki (Junior Academic Award)
  • Peter Barlow
  • Jamahl Ellis-Kuka
  • Michael Lambert
  • Maria Scaletti
  • Skylah Scothern
  • Nicola Stanton
Te Manu Taiko (Senior Academic Award)
  • Xavia Connolly Fraser
  • Olivia Mallon
  • Ruby Moetara
  • Flynn Sheridan
  • Renee Sullivan
  • Torres Transfield
He Rakau Taumatua
  • Starsha Bird
  • Amy Gallagher
  • Stella McLean
  • Mariah Tunoho
  • Mona Lisa Wareka
  • Nova Waretini-Hewison
Te Manu Taupori
  • Nakita Corfield
  • Hannah Huggan
  • Olivia Mallon
  • Tawera Marsh
  • Angel Stewart
Te Manu Huia
  • Lanee Waho

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