Judge Karina Williams Scholarship in Law

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $1,500

Closing dates for applications

Next: 20 May 2021

Length of award

1 year. The Scholarship will be paid in one lump sum. In the event of a tie, two Scholarships of the value of $750 each will be awarded annually for a period of one year, and will be accompanied by a remembrance booklet about Judge Williams prepared by the Williams whanau.

Number of awards offered

1 or 2

Purpose of award

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to recognise cultural involvement and academic merit at the University of Auckland by graduating law students of New Zealand Māori descent.

Selection criteria

The basis of selection will be demonstrated commitment to Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori, meaningful involvement with Te Rakau Ture (The Māori Law Students' Association), potential to make a significant legal contribution to kaupapa Māori issues. Applicants must also demonstrate academic merit.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement with an outline of their academic and personal achievements, a statement of their commitment to Te Reo Mãori, tikanga Mãori and Te Rakau Ture (The Mãori Law Students’ Association) and their future aspirations for Te Ao Mãori.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

The Scholarship will be presented to the recipient by one or more representative(s) of the Williams whanau or any other nominee of the Williams whanau at a suitable ceremony at which Mãori law students will be in attendance and which will normally be held annually at Te Waipapa Marae, the University of Auckland Marae.

Decision makers

The Scholarships will be awarded annually by the University of Auckland Council on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Dean of the Faculty of Law (or nominee), the Pouawhina Mãori (or nominee), the Academic Counsellor to Mãori students, a representative of the Williams whanau as determined by the whanau, and the District Court Kaupapa Mãori Lead Judge (or nominee who is also a Judge of the District Court).

History or background of award

This Scholarship was established in 2013 in the memory of Judge Karina Raewyn Roimata Williams of Tuhoe, Te Whakatohea, Tainui, Te Aupouri and Ngaitai Iwi, who was a graduate of the University of Auckland. It is financed from funds donated by Dr Yash Ghai, Robb Lecturer at the University of Auckland in 2007, by legal colleagues and friends of Judge Williams, and by the Williams whanau.

Additional information

The Scholarship is tenable by students who have identified as New Zealand Mãori at the time of their admission to LLB Part II, and who have provided information as to their Mãori identity,
iwi affiliation,knowledge of the language and participation in community activities.

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

The Scholarship Office
The University of Auckland
+64 9 373 7599


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 May 2020.