Work schol­ar­ship opens

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Noted When­u­akite farmer, the late Arthur Hinds, will have a Work Place­ment Schol­ar­ship es­tab­lished in his hon­our by the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

Arthur, who was killed by a fall­ing tree on his own farm in Septem­ber 2017, served many years as a Waikato Con­ser­va­tion Board mem­ber in a strong as­so­ci­a­tion with DOC. He was a Waikato re­gional coun­cil­lor and chair of its Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for the Re­gional En­vi­ron­ment (ACRE).

He was in­sti­ga­tor of the When­u­akite Ki­wicare As­so­ci­a­tion in 2001, an area where the kiwi pop­u­la­tion grew from about 20 to more than 200 un­der his chair­man­ship of the lo­cally-based com­mu­nity group.

DOC’s Hau­raki-Waika­toTaranaki op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, David Speirs, said Arthur would be long re­mem­bered for his ded­i­ca­tion to con­ser­va­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Arthur was a man of many strengths but fore­most among them was an abil­ity to recog­nise hard work, roll up his sleeves and get stuck into what­ever needed do­ing. For that rea­son, both DOC and the re­gional coun­cil con­sider it most fit­ting to es­tab­lish a schol­ar­ship pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties, rather than some­thing more aca­dem­i­cally or re­search-fo­cused.”

Waikato re­gional coun­cil­lor Dal Minogue said Arthur was pas­sion­ate about con­ser­va­tion and sup­port­ing young peo­ple’s learn­ing around it.

“This jointly-spon­sored schol­ar­ship recog­nises that, pro­vid­ing an­nual op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween 2018 and 2023 for a stu­dent based at the coun­cil’s Whi­tianga of­fice to work over the 10-12 week sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod,” said Dal. “From there the stu­dent will work with the Coro­man­del Catch­ment team as well as DOC staff at Whi­tianga.

“The schol­ar­ship will be open to ter­tiary stu­dents study­ing nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment-re­lated pro­grammes who can demon­strate a strong con­nec­tion to the Coro­man­del.”

Mr Hind’s fam­ily wel­comed the trib­ute.

“Arthur was al­ways very proud of the work th­ese two or­gan­i­sa­tions did, so he would have been hum­bled to have a schol­ar­ship like this set up in his hon­our,” said his wife, Diane. “He would be very pleased that part of his legacy will be sup­port­ing fu­ture guardians of our en­vi­ron­ment to con­trib­ute some­thing to the Coro­man­del he loved so much.”

The schol­ar­ship opens for ap­pli­ca­tions on Au­gust 31 with the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant to be cho­sen by an eval­u­a­tion pane of DOC and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a Hinds fam­ily mem­ber.

Visit waika­tore­gion.govt.nz/ arthur-hinds-schol­ar­ship/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Photo / Sup­plied

The late Arthur Hinds with a trap.

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