15.06.2017

Ngāi Tahu's 2017 Beca Scholarship Recipients Announced

Beca and Ngāi Tahu have recently announced the 2017 Beca Scholarship recipients. This is the third year Beca has shown its support for the scholarship programme aimed at encouraging and driving the careers and development of Ngāi Tahu Whānui (greater family).

This year’s outstanding recipients are:

  • Korako Edwards, a second-year student from Otago University who is studying towards a major in Ecology and minor in Māori studies.
  • Daniel Hefferan who is completing his Masters in Architecture at Auckland University, and has also started a double Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Jon Blyth, Beca Manager – South Island Environments, who was part of the selection process says, “Congratulations to Korako and Daniel who are both completing degrees that align with their personal philosophies and values. This year we saw a greater number of candidates, from a wider range of disciplines apply, indicating that the profile of both Beca and Ngāi Tahu continues to grow.”

Korako and Daniel were welcomed into the scholarship programme with a Mihi Whakatau recently held and attended by Beca at the Head office of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu in Christchurch. In the coming year, the scholars will receive further opportunities to participate with Ngāi Tahu Whanui and gain experience in New Zealand’s largest professional services consultancy, Beca.

For more information on the Ngāi Tahu’s Beca Scholarship, visit: http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities

About the 2017 Beca Scholarship Recipients

Korako Edwards: Korako is in his second year at Otago University, and is studying towards a major in Ecology and minor in Māori studies. Born and raised in Ōtepoti, he has a strong connection to his rohe in Otago, and is passionate about both ecology and Māori and exploring the ways in which these two worlds intertwine. 

Daniel Hefferan: Daniel is studying towards a Masters in Architecture from Auckland University, and has just started a double masters in Architecture and Urban Planning. Maori has always been part of his identity; his iwi is Ngāi Tahu, his hapu is Ngāti Māmoe and his whanau, Te Whanau a Neke, affiliates with Murihiku Marae and Ōraka Aparima Marae.