Inaugural Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Scholarship recipients announced

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation is delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of the Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship.

Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship

The Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Scholarship aims to support law graduates to pursue postgraduate study in law despite financial obstacles and complex life circumstances. A pool of $120,000 is available annually for Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarships to support scholars to pursue a post-graduate degree in law at a New Zealand university or at an overseas institution.

The inaugural scholars from the March 2023 round are:


Amelia Cina who was selected to receive $39,500 to pursue a Master of Laws at the University of Geneva/Geneve Graduate Institute in Switzerland. Amelia’s research proposes to identify how alternative methods of dispute resolution can enable small and medium enterprises to protect their trade rights.

“The support of the Foundation will enable me to undertake study to examine barriers to access to civil justice, an issue that I care deeply about and that New Zealand lawyers need to be committed to solving if we want law to be a force for good,” says Amelia.


Jae Kim who was selected to receive $30,000 to pursue a Master of Laws by thesis at the University of Auckland. His proposed research project will examine the nature of privacy rights and interests, and how the law can protect an individual’s privacy, particularly data privacy, in the so-called age of surveillance capitalism and the commodification of personal information.

“The Borrin Foundation’s generous financial support will allow me to focus wholly on my postgraduate research full-time to eventually pursue a PhD in Law, as I seek to transition from private practice to academia,” says Jae.


Elise McDowell who was selected to receive $35,000 to pursue a Master of International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

“This scholarship provides me with the ability to benefit from world-class study with the future aim of reducing the chasm between the rights disabled people ostensibly have and the on-the-ground enforceable reality of these rights,” says Elise.


Dates for the current round

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation will be accepting applications for the Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship for a second time this year in the current August round. From 2024 onwards, applications for this scholarship will be considered once annually in the August round.

The current round of applications for the Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship, the Borrin Foundation Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga postgraduate Scholarship and Travel and Learning Awards will close at 12pm September 4, 2023.

Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here:



The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was established in 2018 through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin. It is a philanthropic organisation which supports legal research, education, and scholarship. The Foundation’s current strategic areas of focus are the criminal justice system, family law and access to civil justice.


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