More schol­ar­ships at Lin­coln to at­tract M¯aori and Pasi­fika

Te Awamutu Courier - - The Country -

Lin­coln Univer­sity is con­tin­u­ing its drive to in­crease Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika rep­re­sen­ta­tion in ter­tiary study, by in­tro­duc­ing a suite of schol­ar­ships in 2019.

The $5000 schol­ar­ships are in­tended to as­sist those pas­sion­ate about agri­cul­ture, science, tourism, Ma¯tau­raka Ma¯ori in­clud­ing Mahinga kai, and to sup­port stu­dents path­way­ing up from other ter­tiary providers.

Lin­coln in­tro­duced Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika Ac­com­mo­da­tion Schol­ar­ships at the start of 2018, while Sir Turi Car­roll Schol­ar­ships for Ma¯ori stu­dent lead­ers were ini­ti­ated in 2013.

Lin­coln Univer­sity di­rec­tor Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika, Dr Dione Payne, said the in­tent of the schol­ar­ships is to sup­port and en­cour­age Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika stu­dents to achieve their as­pi­ra­tions for their whenua, wha¯nau, hapu¯ and iwi.

They are part of an over­all strat­egy to in­crease the num­ber of Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika stu­dents at Lin­coln Univer­sity, which in­cludes pas­toral and cul­tural sup­port to cre­ate a home-like at­mos­phere on cam­pus for those away from wha¯nau.

“The schol­ar­ships are a key com­po­nent of Lin­coln Univer­sity’s Whenua Strat­egy (for Ma¯ori) and Motu Strat­egy (for Pasi­fika),” she said.

— for Ma¯ori ter­tiary stu­dents path­way­ing up from other ed­u­ca­tional providers’

— for Ma¯ori stu­dents who demon­strate ex­cel­lence in sub­jects fo­cused on Te Ao Ma¯ ori;

— for Ma¯ori stu­dents who en­rol in an agri­cul­tural fo­cused qual­i­fi­ca­tion;

— Ma¯ori stu­dents who demon­strate an in­ter­est and ex­cel­lence in science re­lated sub­jects;

— for Ma¯ori stu­dents that demon­strate an in­ter­est and ex­cel­lence in tourism re­lated sub­jects;

— for do­mes­tic Pasi­fika stu­dents from any high school that demon­strate ex­cel­lence in any sub­ject that re­lates to Lin­coln Univer­sity sub­ject ar­eas.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the schol­ar­ships go to www.lin­ Qual­i­fi­ca­tions/Qual­i­fi­ca­tion/ schol­ar­ships/

Hamil­ton High Court has con­firmed the fine im­posed on a Glen Mur­ray farmer for al­low­ing his stock to graze in a stock ex­clu­sion area in, and on the shores of, Lake Whangape in north Waikato.

The fine of $19,800 was con­firmed by Jus­tice Jagose fol­low­ing an ap­peal made by the farmer, Oliver Cother Sax­ton, af­ter his con­vic­tion and fine by the dis­trict court in Sep­tem­ber this year.

In his ap­peal, Sax­ton said he had made a vol­un­tary pay­ment of $20,000 to the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC) to carry out mit­i­ga­tion plant­ing, and he felt the dis­trict court had not ad­e­quately taken ac­count of that when im­pos­ing the fine on him.

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Jagose noted that “con­sid­er­ing Sax­ton’s of­fend­ing in­volved a de­lib­er­ate breach of re­stric­tions im­posed by the RMA, un­der­taken for per­sonal gain and with dis­re­gard for the preser­va­tion of the re­serve, the sen­tenc­ing ob­jec­tives of ac­count­abil­ity, de­ter­rence and de­nun­ci­a­tion clearly are en­gaged”.

Sax­ton was also is­sued with an en­force­ment or­der by the dis­trict court not to un­der­take any ac­tiv­i­ties within the re­serve with­out writ­ten per­mis­sion and su­per­vi­sion from DOC, as it was their re­serve.

In Au­gust 2017, Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil was alerted to stock in the re­serve.

It was es­tab­lished that the stock be­longed to Sax­ton, whose land ad­joined the re­serve.

There was a his­tory of him graz­ing his stock in this area, de­spite it be­ing fenced off from his prop­erty.

The coun­cil and DOC had ad­vised the stock owner sev­eral times since 2010 that this prac­tice must stop.

The fine and or­der is the re­sult of the coun­cil car­ry­ing out a prose­cu­tion un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act.

The coun­cil noted there were im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects from the graz­ing, in­clud­ing dam­age to indige­nous fauna, soil com­paction and in­creased sed­i­ment caused by stock tram­pling in a pro­tected sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral area.

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