Kia ora and congratulations to Sarah Rivers, Cameron MacDonald, Petone Groom, and Renee Waiwiri. These exceptional students have each been awarded a Wellington ICT Graduate School Scholarship that covers their full tuition as well as a stipend generously provided by ANZ.
Late last year we established two full tuition scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students studying any of our postgraduate programmes offered through our partners Victoria University of Wellington, Whitireia and WelTec in 2019. The selection panel were impressed with four outstanding applicants and decided to expand the scope of the scholarship from two to four.
Sarah Rivers (Cook Islands Māori) is studying our Master of Information Technology through Whitireia. She wants to role model to her children what it means to follow your dreams and utilise her skills to help others. Her biggest goal is to build a successful global research and development company that creates jobs for many and combats some of the world’s toughest challenges.
Three of the recipients are studying our Master of User Experience Design through Victoria University of Wellington which started early July.
Renee Waiwiri (Taranki, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui) intends to combine her passion for design with a large focus on the user to direct her creative thinking process. Renee’s goal is to use the skills gained from this programme to improve existing products/services within in her community and help create new products/services with her Industrial Design Degree.
Petone Groom (Samoan) hopes to discover different and innovative ways to create and learn how the design process fits with industry demands. He said that not many people in his community have earned a degree in design, or considered creative career paths, and hopes that his academic journey will inspire others. Petone shared that he’s already learning a variety of UX methods and that the way content is being taught is refreshing for they’re encouraged to explore their own design motives, connectivity to who they are, and their role in society as designers.
Cameron MacDonald (Rangitane Te Waipounamu, Ngāti Raukawa – Horowhenua) wants to combine the communication and soft skills he learned whilst working in customer service with the creative and technical skills he learned whilst studying design. This practical and hands on postgraduate programme is exactly what he needs to apply his current skills and learn more about UX.
“It is a pleasure for ANZ to contribute to Māori and Pasifika education. Technology is such a critical component of any organisations success.” Craig Bunyan, GM Technology at ANZ, said “This year’s recipients have demonstrated an outstanding performance and have positioned themselves for a fantastic future. All the best.”
We are excited to support these students on their journey to becoming ICT professionals and wish them the best in their studies! Ia manuia and kia ora koutou katoa!
*Top photo caption: Back row are the recipients Sarah Rivers, Cameron MacDonald, Petone Groom and Renee Waiwiri. Front row is Lynda Turner the Director of WICTGS, Craig Bunyan the GM Technology at ANZ, and Anthony Watson the Enterprise Domains Lead at ANZ.