Local among first to win new forestry scholarship

FORESTRY SCHOLARSHIP: Young Gisborne student Cole Grace receives his scholarship from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones. Picture supplied

GISBORNE’S Cole Grace is one of eight students presented with inaugural forestry scholarships by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones at a special awards ceremony at the University of Canterbury.

The Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships were developed to encourage young and talented individuals into New Zealand’s growing forestry industry. They are available to Maori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.

“Developing skills, capability and leadership for New Zealand’s forestry sector is a priority for the Government and Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand). These scholarships are the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in forestry for eight exceptional individuals, who in turn will strengthen the future labour pool in this vital industry,” Jacinda Ardern said.

The seven other recipients are: Robyn Patient from Waikuku Beach; Jessica Stock (Tasman); George Fanning-Ihaka (Dargaville); Nicholas Melvin (Winton), Thomas Brown (Matamata); Max Gomez (Dunedin) and Hannah Humphreys (Wanaka).

“Over the past five years less than a third of graduates of forestry degrees were women,” said Ms Ardern.

“While the industry is a significant employer of Maori, Maori are under-represented in the professional and scientific areas of the industry. We hope this group of talented scholarship recipients will pave the way for the future and encourage other women and Maori to enter higher education within the forestry sector,” she said.

Mr Jones said it was an exciting time in the forestry sector, particularly as they move towards a goal of planting one billion trees by 2028.

“The focus of the One Billion Trees Programme is about planting the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose, and for this we also need the right people,” Mr Jones said.

“As technology and science change the way we do things, we need people who can work with robotics, help develop new forestry products and processes, and take them to the market. Our scholarship recipients add to the pool of talent that can accomplish this,” he said.

Further Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships will be awarded for the 2020 and 2021 academic years. Applications for the next round open in June and close on August 15.

GISBORNE’S Cole Grace is one of eight students presented with inaugural forestry scholarships by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Forestry Minister Shane Jones at a special awards ceremony at the University of Canterbury.

The Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships were developed to encourage young and talented individuals into New Zealand’s growing forestry industry. They are available to Maori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.

“Developing skills, capability and leadership for New Zealand’s forestry sector is a priority for the Government and Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand). These scholarships are the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in forestry for eight exceptional individuals, who in turn will strengthen the future labour pool in this vital industry,” Jacinda Ardern said.

The seven other recipients are: Robyn Patient from Waikuku Beach; Jessica Stock (Tasman); George Fanning-Ihaka (Dargaville); Nicholas Melvin (Winton), Thomas Brown (Matamata); Max Gomez (Dunedin) and Hannah Humphreys (Wanaka).

“Over the past five years less than a third of graduates of forestry degrees were women,” said Ms Ardern.

“While the industry is a significant employer of Maori, Maori are under-represented in the professional and scientific areas of the industry. We hope this group of talented scholarship recipients will pave the way for the future and encourage other women and Maori to enter higher education within the forestry sector,” she said.

Mr Jones said it was an exciting time in the forestry sector, particularly as they move towards a goal of planting one billion trees by 2028.

“The focus of the One Billion Trees Programme is about planting the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose, and for this we also need the right people,” Mr Jones said.

“As technology and science change the way we do things, we need people who can work with robotics, help develop new forestry products and processes, and take them to the market. Our scholarship recipients add to the pool of talent that can accomplish this,” he said.

Further Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships will be awarded for the 2020 and 2021 academic years. Applications for the next round open in June and close on August 15.

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