New forestry scholarship launched

A new forestry scholarship was launched at National Fieldays on Wednesday by New Zealand Forestry Ministers Shane Jones and Meka Whaitiri. The new scholarship aims to grow the capability of the forestry sector and increase the number of women and Maori in the industry.

“The new scholarship – Nga Karapihi Uru Rakau – provides $8,000 a year to Maori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury,” Shane Jones said.

“It also provides a paid internship with Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) and other forestry employers. Four scholarships will be awarded for the 2019 academic year, and this will increase to a total of 18 over the next three years”.

“The One Billion Trees programme is a key focus for this Government and we want to ensure that our young men and women see forestry as a sustainable and exciting career. We need to ensure we have the right skills today and in the future to increase sustainability, productivity and value in the primary industries, and address environmental challenges”.

Nga Karapihi Uru Rakau - Forestry Scholarships will be available both to school leavers and people working in the industry who want to upskill and undertake tertiary study. Applications open in September and close in December with the successful applicants announced early next year.

More information about the scholarships and how to apply here.

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