Inaugural A&P scholars thankful for extra help

SHOW SCHOLARS: The inaugural winners of the Poverty Bay A&P Show’s scholarship programme were announced during the week. Two Gisborne students have received $2000 each to help them with their studies in agriculture. Show president Norm Thomas (at left) Ngahuia Wilson, Dylan Hall and Erica McNeil got together at the Showgrounds Park for the presentation. Picture by Paul Rickard


THE Poverty Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Association has announced the first winners of scholarships aimed at helping students enrolled in fulltime study related to primary industries.

The $2000 scholarships go towards course costs and accommodation for study at a university or tertiary institution in New Zealand.

The winners were Ngahuia Wilson from Te Karaka, who previously attended Gisborne Girls’ High School, and Dylan Hall from Manutuke, previously a student at Gisborne Boys High School.

The scholarship programme was introduced by the association’s current president Norm Thomas last year.

Nominations for the inaugural award closed at the end of November.

“Initially when launched, we were offering a single $2000 scholarship, but with such a high standard of applications, the selection panel found it difficult to separate the two eventual recipients,” Mr Thomas said.

“So it was decided that we would award two separate $2000 scholarships in this the first year, to Dylan and Ngahuia.”

Dylan has enrolled in a three-year, Bachelor of Agri-commerce degree course at Massey University while Ngahuia will go to Lincoln University for a four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

Ngahuia said the scholarship was an exciting opportunity for her, and a great way to recognise the work of the A&P Association.

“Being a Gisborne girl, it’s a privilege to receive this from the Gisborne community,” she said.

She starts her studies at Lincoln on Wednesday.

“I am very excited about it and this scholarship will be a huge help. It will make things a lot easier.”

Dylan said it was pretty special to receive the scholarship.

“Everything helps and to be supported by the A&P Association in this way is pretty cool.”

He starts his studies on February 25.

“I cannot wait to get to Massey. It’s a new chapter in life, and this scholarship is going to boost me financially, which is definitely much appreciated.

“I am very grateful for it.”

Mr Thomas said both recipients provided exceptional applications and interviewed strongly in front of the judges.

“We wish Ngahuia and Dylan well in their studies.”

Mr Thomas said the scholarships were the result of ongoing hard work by the association’s dedicated executive team.

“With better financial results we are able to put these initiatives in place to give back to our community,” he said.

Show association general manager Erica McNeil said it felt good to be able to give back to the community in this way.

“It’s also so good to be able to help students who are beginning study in the agricultural and pastoral field that we are part of and passionate about as an association.”

Mr Thomas said it was hopefully the start of a long tradition of the Poverty Bay association, “proudly supporting the next generation of agriculture in our region”.

THE Poverty Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Association has announced the first winners of scholarships aimed at helping students enrolled in fulltime study related to primary industries.

The $2000 scholarships go towards course costs and accommodation for study at a university or tertiary institution in New Zealand.

The winners were Ngahuia Wilson from Te Karaka, who previously attended Gisborne Girls’ High School, and Dylan Hall from Manutuke, previously a student at Gisborne Boys High School.

The scholarship programme was introduced by the association’s current president Norm Thomas last year.

Nominations for the inaugural award closed at the end of November.

“Initially when launched, we were offering a single $2000 scholarship, but with such a high standard of applications, the selection panel found it difficult to separate the two eventual recipients,” Mr Thomas said.

“So it was decided that we would award two separate $2000 scholarships in this the first year, to Dylan and Ngahuia.”

Dylan has enrolled in a three-year, Bachelor of Agri-commerce degree course at Massey University while Ngahuia will go to Lincoln University for a four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

Ngahuia said the scholarship was an exciting opportunity for her, and a great way to recognise the work of the A&P Association.

“Being a Gisborne girl, it’s a privilege to receive this from the Gisborne community,” she said.

She starts her studies at Lincoln on Wednesday.

“I am very excited about it and this scholarship will be a huge help. It will make things a lot easier.”

Dylan said it was pretty special to receive the scholarship.

“Everything helps and to be supported by the A&P Association in this way is pretty cool.”

He starts his studies on February 25.

“I cannot wait to get to Massey. It’s a new chapter in life, and this scholarship is going to boost me financially, which is definitely much appreciated.

“I am very grateful for it.”

Mr Thomas said both recipients provided exceptional applications and interviewed strongly in front of the judges.

“We wish Ngahuia and Dylan well in their studies.”

Mr Thomas said the scholarships were the result of ongoing hard work by the association’s dedicated executive team.

“With better financial results we are able to put these initiatives in place to give back to our community,” he said.

Show association general manager Erica McNeil said it felt good to be able to give back to the community in this way.

“It’s also so good to be able to help students who are beginning study in the agricultural and pastoral field that we are part of and passionate about as an association.”

Mr Thomas said it was hopefully the start of a long tradition of the Poverty Bay association, “proudly supporting the next generation of agriculture in our region”.

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