2degrees announces Maori scholarship winners

Scholarship part of larger programme aimed at increasing the participation of Maori students in the telco industry

Winners of the inaugural 2degrees Hei Rere Mai scholarship programme have been announced.

The scholarship was launched last year by 2degrees Mobile and key stakeholder the Hautaki Trust (the commercial arm of the Maori Spectrum Charitable Trust).

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Grace Ngapo, David Pene, L’Rey Renata, Jamie Pye, Leon Hayward, Xien Rare-Lee, Julius Bennett and Frederick Blucher. Each recipient will receive between $500 and $5000 towards the cost of studying ICT courses at the University of Auckland. In addition they are elligible for an internship at 2degrees, starting off in the customer services department with the opportunity to move onto more business and IT focused roles.

2degrees CEO Eric Hertz says the telco industry needs talented young Maori workers in order to feed its growth.

Daphne Luke, chair of Maori Spectrum, says Maori have had few real opportunities in the telecommunications industry.

“Hei Rere Mai is all about showing Maori what’s possible and how a career in telecommunications can lead to a diverse and rewarding career,” says Luke.

The scholarship is part of a larger programme aimed at increasing the participation of Maori students in the telco industry. Recipients will join the Accelerating Aotearoa Talent Programme, visiting Auckland schools to share their experiences in the industry.

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