Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has released details about the Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s.
Minister Sio says, “these scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ reconciliation process. They will be offered in 2023, for up to thirty eligible young leaders resident in Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Fiji.
The aim of the scholarships is to enhance the skills and knowledge of young leaders in governance and leadership.
The total value of these scholarships is estimated at NZ $1,000,000.
The new scholarships will stand alongside the Tulī takes flight scholarships that were announced earlier last month, and opens on 13 September on the Ministry of Education’s website to Pasifika of all ages.
Minister Sio says, “there will be 30 Tulī scholarships initially, valued between $10,000 and $30,000. Together with the Manaaki scholarships they will act as an inspirational and cautionary reminder of a dark episode in Aotearoa’s past.”