Scholarship for masters study

Mr Taiapa's goal is to form new connections between industrial psychology and te ao Maori.

Mr Taiapa's goal is to form new connections between industrial psychology and te ao Maori.

PRIZEWINNING SCHOLAR: Api Taiapa, of Gisborne, received a $6000 Freemasons University Scholarship at Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber in Wellington. Celebrating his success were his father Ron (left), Deputy Leader of the Maori Party and Maori MP Marama Fox, and his sister Bryn (right).

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Gisborne man Api Taiapa received a $6000 Freemasons scholarship at Parliament this week, making him one of the country’s top 29 students receiving the Freemasons award. The scholarship will go toward the cost of his study for a Master of Arts degree majoring in industrial/organisational psychology — the science of human behaviour relating to work.

Mr Taiapa’s goal is to break new ground in forming connections between industrial psychology and Te Ao Maori — the Maori world. He already holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in business psychology, and a postgraduate diploma in psychology. Upon becoming a registered psychologist, he aims to use psychological ideas and concepts to improve industries and organisations.

Freemasons New Zealand said Mr Taiapa was a potential leader in a branch of psychology that could benefit from inclusion of the Maori perspective. Mr Taiapa is of Ngati Porou descent.

Last year he co-presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society’s conference. The presentation set out an indigenous model for development and growth that has the potential to empower Maori by promoting sustainable economic development for iwi nationwide.

As a resident assistant at Massey University’s Fergusson Hall of Residence in 2016, he helped 90 first-year students transition into university life by providing them with academic help, emotional support and general guidance.

Professor, neuroscientist and Freemason Sir Richard Faull presented scholarships totalling $202,000 to top students in Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber.

Gisborne man Api Taiapa received a $6000 Freemasons scholarship at Parliament this week, making him one of the country’s top 29 students receiving the Freemasons award. The scholarship will go toward the cost of his study for a Master of Arts degree majoring in industrial/organisational psychology — the science of human behaviour relating to work.

Mr Taiapa’s goal is to break new ground in forming connections between industrial psychology and Te Ao Maori — the Maori world. He already holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in business psychology, and a postgraduate diploma in psychology. Upon becoming a registered psychologist, he aims to use psychological ideas and concepts to improve industries and organisations.

Freemasons New Zealand said Mr Taiapa was a potential leader in a branch of psychology that could benefit from inclusion of the Maori perspective. Mr Taiapa is of Ngati Porou descent.

Last year he co-presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society’s conference. The presentation set out an indigenous model for development and growth that has the potential to empower Maori by promoting sustainable economic development for iwi nationwide.

As a resident assistant at Massey University’s Fergusson Hall of Residence in 2016, he helped 90 first-year students transition into university life by providing them with academic help, emotional support and general guidance.

Professor, neuroscientist and Freemason Sir Richard Faull presented scholarships totalling $202,000 to top students in Parliament’s Legislative Council Chamber.

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