Mākere Hurst won the scholarship this year. Āheitanga means ability, capability and competence.
The scholarship is for university students of Māori descent who are planning to work on, or working on, an Honours, Master or PhD thesis. The award aims to enhance research capacity in our Māori community. It provides academic and research support relevant to public policy development.
Mākere's PhD is in Public Policy through School of Government at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington). Mākere’s PhD topic is: assessing Māori wellbeing and the relationship between Māori and natural resources, including land, on modern wellbeing outcomes.