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Kupe scholarships to increase Maori teachers

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The second crop of Kupe scholarships for teacher trainees were awarded last night at a ceremony at parliament.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says they've gone to 30 people who have shown they can perform well academically as well as retain close cultural connections with their communities.

They represent a range of ages and stages in terms of career choice, and many of them also speak their heritage language, whether that's Maori or Samoan or Tongan.

The scholarship covers all fees plus a $15,000 study award, professional mentoring during study and help finding a job.

"It's a pretty good scholarship and it's one way of trying to increase the quality of teachers in the education system and raise their number of Maori and Pasifika becoming teachers," Minister Parata says.

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