Recipients of Borrin Foundation Individual funding announced – Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholarship
Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga postgraduate Scholarship
For the second year running, Philanthropic Trust, the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation with partner, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, have come together to support 5 outstanding Māori scholars to unlock their academic scholarship aspirations.
To contribute to increasing Māori postgraduate scholarship in law a pool of $320,000 is being distributed in this round to five wāhine Māori to support their pursuit of a post-graduate degree in law at a university in Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas institution. Normally, a pool of $80,000 is available annually.
The successful scholars are:
- Yasmin Olsen (Ngāpuhi (Te Ihutai), Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tīpā) who was selected to receive $80,000 to pursue an LLM in the USA. Yasmin hopes to play a part in criminal justice reform to develop a system that better serves wāhine Māori, as both victims and defendants.
- Holly Reynolds (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) who was selected to recieve $80,000 to pursue an LLM in the USA. Holly is working towards a career in academia where she hopes to contribute towards transformative change that dismantles carceral states and promotes Indigenous autonomy and self-determination.
- Maryann Panoho (Ngāpuhi) who was selected to receive $40,000 to pursue a Masters of Indigenous Law and Policy at the University of Arizona, USA. Maryann wants to work towards ensuring Aotearoa is a safe place for all and that the law reflects that vision by taking a transformative approach to justice and change.
- Rachael Evans (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Pamoana, pākehā) who was selected to receive $80,000 to pursue a PhD in Law at the University of Canterbury. Rachael’s PhD will investigate how iwi can fully exercise their rangatiratanga outside of a reliance on Crown funds, through fiscal and regulatory authority.
- Gabriella Makerita Hinetu Brayne (Ngāti Maniapoto, Falefā) who was selected to receive $40,000 to pursue a Masters of Indigenous Law and Policy at the University of Arizona, USA. Gabriella hopes to return to Aotearoa to work in community law, supporting whānau to navigate the welfare and justice system.
Dates for the next round
The next round of applications for the new Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship, Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship, Borrin Foundation Community Law Fellowships and Travel and Learning Awards will open on 1 March 2023 and close on 3 April 2023.
Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here: https://www.borrinfoundation.nz/fellowshipsawards/
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.