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September 25, 2017 | by  | in News |
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Her Legacy

The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship Fund will launch on September 26.

Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa, who passed away in March 2017, had been working for two years to launch a scholarship fund to support Pasifika students in their academic pursuits in the field of Pacific Studies.

Acting Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika April Henderson told Salient that since it was established in 2000, the Pacific Studies program has produced “an extraordinary network of successful graduates working across Aotearoa New Zealand, across Oceania, and across the world.”

The launch is largely organised by the Pacific Studies Alumni Association, including Alexa Masina, Jenny Taotua, Rachel Pahulu, Tupe Lualua, and Mandy Rawiri.

Henderson told Radio New Zealand that “quite generous” donations have already been made, and would currently be enough to fund three years of undergraduate study.

Henderson confirmed with Salient that one such donation, of over $1000, came from the proceeds from the show Purple Onion, directed by Lualua, that was a part of the Kia Mau Festival in June.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has also donated $5000 towards the fund.

The details of the eligibility for the scholarship are yet to be confirmed, but the university “hopes” to offer one undergraduate and one PhD scholarship each year from 2019 onwards.

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