Schol­ar­ship fund axed

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South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has re­moved fund­ing for the May­oral Schol­ar­ships in 2012 and 2013.

The de­ci­sion was made last week dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing where Mayor Neil Sin­clair dis­cussed the notice of mo­tion he raised at the last coun­cil meet­ing three weeks ago.

“I don’t do this with any great plea­sure,’’ Mr Sin­clair said.

“I think the May­oral Schol­ar­ships were a great idea. I have spo­ken to lots of peo­ple and they say good things about the schol­ar­ship.

“The par­ents that

I have spo­ken to didn’t wish to ex­pose their chil­dren and we need to re­view it.’’

Mr Sin­clair said the schol­ar­ship will be looked at in about a year’s time.

Coun­cil­lors around the ta­ble also com­mented with coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins say­ing,“Yes your wor­ship, I feel that the sit­u­a­tion has been han­dled sen­si­tively and that peo­ple need to be aware of the va­ri­ety of rea­sons that have brought about this.’’

Mrs Watkins sug­gested that coun­cil pay for an ad­ver­tise­ment out­lin­ing the rea­sons why fund- ing was be­ing cut.

“I feel that we should use a paid ad­ver­tise­ment to let peo­ple know that we’re al­lowed the dust to set­tle a lit­tle bit. Be­cause there has been some neg­a­tive im­pact on the peo­ple who have been suc­cess­ful, there’s some sort of feel­ing that chil­dren will not be treated fairly,’’ she said.

Coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Her­lihy was sad­dened by the fund­ing re­moval.

“There are some young peo­ple out there that are pos­si­bly go­ing to miss out on that pos­si­ble chance of hav­ing the schol­ar­ship.’’

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