The Associate Minister of Education, Aupito William Sio, has today announced the first 35 recipients of Tulī Takes Flight scholarships.
The scholarships are part of a goodwill gesture of reconciliation to mark the apology by the New Zealand Government for the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.
As part of the gesture of reconciliation package, the Ministry of Education established the Tulī Takes Flight scholarships for Aotearoa Pacific peoples.
“The Tulī scholarships can support Pacific people to reach their potential by reducing some of the financial barriers to study or training. One year on, I am delighted to announce the first Tulī Takes Flight scholars,” the Minister said.
“The Tulī bird which migrates across the Pacific is a powerful symbol of our Aotearoa Pacific peoples and their determination to succeed.”
Students can receive between $10,000 and $30,000, depending on the scholarship received. Budget 2022 allocated $815,000 over four years for additional career changer Tulī scholarships.
“I am really pleased that such a wide variety of study is represented. Everything from nursing to construction management to teaching . These scholarships are a feast that will be instrumental in boosting the employment horizons of our Pasifika people,” said Mr Sio.