2014 recipients

We had so many outstanding applicants in 2014 we also awarded three highly commended applicants with $4,000 worth of business planning support and mentoring.

National Scholarship recipients

Cancer rehabilitation
BMX
Filming underwater
Solar power

Lou James

Cancer rehabilitation

Lou James will be working towards giving all New Zealanders affected by cancer treatment the opportunity to rehabilitate through physiotherapy and a chance to improve their quality of life.

Sacha Earnest

BMX

Sacha Earnest, who is just eight years old, aims to compete at the UCI 2015 BMX World Championships in Belgium, defending two world championship titles and promoting the sport of BMX to Kiwi girls.

Steve Hathaway

Filming underwater

Steve Hathaway wants to enhance New Zealand’s brand by filming and creating stories from our underwater world to inspire kids everywhere to love the ocean.

Eldon Tate

Solar power

Eldon Tate aims to create a solar-powered water treatment system using unique nano-composite materials he has created in his research to generate clean drinking water

Forensic science
Violinist
After school care
Diving

Jenny McDowell

Forensic science

Jenny McDowell, a shark attack survivor, wants to use forensic science to identify victims of disaster and tragedy, becoming a world expert in marine forensics and the first in New Zealand to obtain international accreditation in forensic anthropology.

Olivia Francis

Violinist

Olivia Francis will use her award to become a world-class violinist, completing a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with the aim of having a career in international music.

Mel Hillier

After school care

Mel Hillier aims to make a difference in the lives of Christchurch’s under-privileged children by increasing the capacity of after school care facility, The Palace, through offering a free school holiday programme for children who don’t get the same opportunities that other kids get.

Elizabeth Cui

Diving

Elizabeth Cui will work towards competing at this year’s World Junior Diving Championships in the aim of reaching the Olympic Games and making New Zealand proud.

Fashion

Jessie Wong

Fashion

Jessie Wong will use her Scholarship to establish a line of bags, wallets and clothing under her fashion label, Yu Mei, which focuses on using premium New Zealand deer leather. She will then aim to forge a footprint on international fashion.

Highly commended

Custom swimwear
Organic products
'Dream Academy'

Annemiek Weterings

Custom swimwear

Annemiek Weterings wants to grow her business by designing custom fitted swimwear that gives confidence no matter the person’s size or shape.

Bronson Wharehinga

Organic products

Bronson Wharehinga aims to utilise non-edible by-product from kina, paua and seaweed, turning it into 100% organic product such as fertilizer, compost and other solutions.

Peter-Clinton Foaese

'Dream Academy'

Bronson Wharehinga aims to utilise non-edible by-product from kina, paua and seaweed, turning it into 100% organic product such as fertilizer, compost and other solutions.

People's Choice recipient

Performing arts

Tanemahuta Gray

Performing arts

Tanemahuta's thing is "to be an international leader in the performing arts industry, creating bi-cultural, aerial dance-theatre productions to stage in New Zealand and overseas."

He dreams of presenting his next show - "Tiki Taane Mahuta" combining "a strong narrative with a dynamic fusion of Maori martial arts, comtemporay dance, hip hop and aerial theatre to the music of Tiki Taane."

The $10,000 scholarship will help Tanemahuta with the hire of the aerial truss for flying, the production and general management of the show.

Study Start Scholarship

Aerial system engineer

Callum Riddington

Aerial system engineer

Callum Riddington, was awarded $10,000 to further his quest to become New Zealand's first Unmanned Aerial System engineer. Callum has been researching and developing a complete unmanned aerial system for his College for the purpose of aerial filming school events, search and rescue following natural disasters in the Pacific and agricultural and environmental monitoring. He is ready to take his knowledge to a wider audience and the Scholarship will enable him to study engineering with a major in software engineering.

People's Choice recipient

Bodybuilding

Paul Kennerley

Bodybuilding

Paul Kennerley was awarded $5,000 and aims to be the first Kiwi to compete at the World Bodybuilding Fitness and Fashion championships in Las Vegas in 2015 in the muscle model division.