Wakatipu Community Foundation 2021
Kate Moetaua Foundation Scholarship
The Kate Moeatau Foundation allocated its $3500 to 9 recipients, going to students at Wakatipu High School who are achieving at a high level across sports, culture and arts.
Olivia Watherston was one of the two awarded $800 with future dreams of playing for the NZ Women's Sevens team. As she has been selected to play for the Otago Spirits, she is well on her way. Olivia will use her scholarship to help with travel costs to games and training in Dunedin.
Top arts recipient Elke Koehn is following her dream of working in digital art and planning on studying film-making in 2022. Elke has won a number of academic awards for her work, won the Secondary Schools Short Film competition in 2020, and this year won the NZ wide Better Public Media Student challenge for the second year in a row with her filmmaking skills.
The 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Elke Koehn - Arts (Digital Media)
Olivia Watherston - Sports (Rugby)
Helena Hornbacher - Arts (Music and Performance)
Ruby Kirk - Sport (Volleyball and Netball)
Sorcha Wilkinson - Arts (Digital Media)
Subath Wijerathna- Sports (Cricket)
Allyx Palacio - Sports (Volleyball)
Mary Navasca - Sports (Volleyball)
Joseph Leyden - Arts (Performance)
The Kate Moetaua Foundation was set up by husband Teaukura Moetaua, in 2019 in memory of Kate Moetaua which her daughter Anika (18) chairs. Appearing virtually she applauded the recipients for their dedication to their passion and encouraged them to keep pursuing their dreams. Anika says “I am very excited to see the growth of this foundation in future years to come. Supporting talented youth in Wakatipu alongside my dad and sisters is something Kate would be incredibly proud of."
Pictured below are principal of Wakatipu High School Steve Hall, Sorcha, Elke, Kates daughter Malia, husband Teaukura, Helena, and Joseph
Arrowtown Autumn Festival Community Scholarship
The high caliber of the applicants for the inaugral Arrowtown Autumn Festival Community Scholarship in 2021 led to the committee awarding $7500 to 3 recipients who had demonstrated a high level of involvement with the community over many years, as well as achieving the the academic requirements to enable them to be pursue tertiary studies in 2022.
Award winner Hannah Battrick is also shortlisted for the Wakatipu Community Foundation Spirit of Wakatipu Up and Coming award due to her involvement in a wide variety of community organisations such as the Wakatipu Youth Council of which she is the Chair, Generation Give, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, Impact 100 Wakatipu, as well as a number of leadership roles within Wakatipu High School.
Johannes has made a significant contribution as a St John cadet over many years clocking up hours of community service, and volunteering at events such as LUMA and holiday programmes.
Arrowtown resident Marigold earned her scholarship through the volunteering hours at Scouts and participation in many community events such as Community Planting days, Relay for Life, and the Queenstown Marathon.
“What our Wakatipu Youth do to be involved in our community and the skills and energy they have is very inspiring. It was too hard to narrow it to two, so we made the decision to award three stand out applicants. We were looking for students who had taken initiative outside the opportunities created through school volunteering, and it was a difficult decision. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival Community Scholarship was set up to reward students who had made contribution to the community with the festival itself created for the community and run by a team of community volunteers. The Festival Committee also made special mention of the parents “who deserve recognition for what they do to encourage and support their children in their community work.”
Chris Clark, Chair, Arrowtown Autumn Festival Committee
Pictured Below are Chris, Marigold, Hannah and Johannes with Wakatipu High School Principal Steve Hall
Interested in setting up a Scholarship Fund?
If setting up a Scholarship Fund is a legacy you would like to create please get in touch to see how easy it is to set up and manage through the Foundation.
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