Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Award - New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $5,000

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 April 2021

Applications are open from 1 March

Length of award

One year.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The purpose of the Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Award is to advance Pacific early childhood education services. Early childhood education refers to both informal and formal pre-school teaching of young children by people outside the family or in settings outside the home.

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following:
* The relevance of the innovation to the purpose of the award
* Schedule and evidence of progress and sustainability
* Budget and evidence of financial need
* Experience of the applicant(s), particularly their capability to achieve the purpose of the innovation and collaborate with the Pacific community
* Benefit to the advancement of Pacific early childhood education services and/or Pacific pre-schoolers in New Zealand.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

If you receive an award NHWTHK requires you to do the following:
- Allow NHWTHK to use your name, photograph and information about you (and if relevant, other members of your group) for publicity purposes
- Receive the award at a NHWTHK awards ceremony in July/August
- Provide a progress report to NHWTHK in the year you receive the award
- Provide NHWTHK with up-to-date contact details while you are studying /completing your project.

How do students apply?

A completed online application form
Proposed budget
Brief CV for applicant or key contact for the group
Letter of support from the 'host' early childhood education service
Letter of support from a Pacific community representative
Apply online at: newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz/awards/

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Once the selection process is completed, all applicants will be notified of the outcome. This is expected to be June. Awards are presented early August.

Decision makers

Awards Officers work with a selection panel, and forward their recommendations to the Trust Board for ratification.

History or background of award

The Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Award is sponsored by Anau Ako Pasifika as a tribute to the life of Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan (Poko). Poko had an outstanding career, being involved in developing policies to benefit Pacific communities and advocating for women's leadership issues. Her contribution to education, women's and children's issues was recognised with a QSM for service to her community in 1986 and in 1990 she received a Fullbright scholarship to study overseas.
The Award is provided by a donation from the trustees of the Anau Ako Pasifka Incorporated. It is valued up to $5,000 in any one year and is available to a woman or group of women who identify as Pacific ethnicity, and who are involved in early childhood education services. Applicants may make multiple applications for the same innovation in subsequent years.

Additional information

The selection panel will consider established innovations in early childhood education that advance programme management, the learning environment, and interactions between pre-school children, their families and communities. Preference will be given to innovations shown to be sustainable and of benefit to the wider Pacific community in New Zealand.
Before you apply please ensure that you meet ALL the following eligibility criteria:

A woman or group of women, who are New Zealand citizens (or hold a resident class visa) and who;
Are undertaking an innovation that advances Pacific early childcare education services
Identify as Pacific ethnicity (if a group, at least 70 % of the group members must identify as Pacific ethnicity)
Have the support of an early childhood service and/or local Pacific community who are implementing the innovation

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Sarah Cole
Trust Manager
New Horizons for Women Trust
PO Box 12 498, Thorndon, Wellington 6144


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in January 2021.