Second-year Tourism Management student Heaven-Lee Kaka has been appointed the 2019 Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship recipient by leading tourism operator, Ngāi Tahu Tourism.
The scholarship was open to Ngāi Tahu students and includes study fee support, paid holiday work and opportunities to grow cultural skills and learn more about the Ngāi Tahu iwi.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall said a number of strong candidates applied for the scholarship and the company was pleased to have Heaven-Lee join the team.
Heaven-Lee says she is looking forward to connecting with her iwi. “The financial support will assist me with my studies, but this scholarship will give me the chance to connect with Ngāi Tahu and learn about my iwi, and hopefully be able to give back,”
The scholarship includes up to $6,000 towards course fees per year for three years and paid holiday work in either Queenstown, Franz Josef or Rotorua. Air New Zealand Tandem Travel kindly granted $3,000 towards the first year of Heaven-Lee’s scholarship.