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The director of a Hawkes Bay-based Maori language and culture training organisation has won a Fulbright scholarship to complete a Master of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii.

Sarah Reo from PakiPaki was one of 84 new grantees celebrated at a special ceremony in Wellington last night.

She won one of the two Fulbright-Platinum Triangle Awards, which give emerging New Zealand business leaders support of up to US$75,000 a year for two years to complete an MBA degree at a US institution and gain professional work experience.

Other new Fulbright scholars include Kiri Toki from Aotea-Great Barrier, who will complete a Master of Laws degree specialising in commercial and indigenous legal issues at Harvard University in Boston.

She will study alongside Kingi Snelgar of Whangarei, who won the Fulbright-Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga Graduate Award to complete a Master of Laws in criminal justice issues and indigenous law at Harvard.

The Fulbright-Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga Scholar Award will help Otago University senior lecturer Matiu Ratima from Dunedin compare the teaching and learning of the Maori and Hawaiian languages in university courses at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga Travel Awards went to Angela Moewaka Barnes from Massey Unversity, who will present her research into Maori filmmaking and kaupapa Maori film theory at three conferences in the United States;

Natasha Tassell-Matamua from Massey who will speak at the International Association for Near-Death Studies Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas;

and Massey Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate Tess Chalmers, who will speak to the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities about her research into Exploring Maori Identity Behind Closed Doors.

Kim McBreen from Te Wananga o Raukawa won a Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award to the University of California, Riverside to research resources for communities wanting to decolonise and eliminate gender violence.


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