Scholarships 2020 – Congratulations to our awesome students and big thanks to our sponsors!

Earlier this year, an awesome group of students were awarded their Whitireia Foundation scholarships for 2020. In other years, our scholarship recipients would be surrounded by proud whānau at a very special Awards ceremony, where they would meet their sponsors.

This year is different. Awards night was set to take place the week New Zealand went into Alert Level 4 lockdown.  It is a tribute to our recipients for 2020 that they have stayed the course through some seriously challenging times. New priorities and challenges once New Zealand moved to stem the community spread of Covid-19, has meant a couple of students will pick up their scholarships in 2021 or defer study until later. To all of our recipients, winning a scholarship is a significant achievement – we’re proud of you!

Who are our recipients in 2020?

Alpha NZ Ltd Scholarship

Olivia Columb Bachelor of Nursing (Year 1)

Britton Housemovers Scholarship

Stuart Hallam NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) Level 3

Compass Health Scholarship

Jessie Renata Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 2

Shrishma Singh Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 2

Wiki Rogers Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 3

Frances Maleta Lealofi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 3

Controlled Building Services Scholarship

Agilau Gaualofa NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3

EFTPOS Vending Scholarship

Debbie Keating Bachelor of Social Work (Year 1)

Elite Services Scholarship

Melanie McCarthy Bachelor of Nursing (Year 3)

Ford Sumner Lawyers Scholarship

Lyana Ross Bachelor of Social Work (Year 2)

Foster + Melville Architects Scholarship

Macarena Fernanda Tiezzi NZ Diploma in Dance (Year 2)

Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Scholarship

Delilah Amituanai Sevesi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 3

Graduate Women Wellington

Savelina vika Feaomoengalu Tautua’a Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 3)

Kirk-Burnnand Family Scholarship

Precious Williams-Judkins Bachelor of Social Work – 2021

Tu Kauae Taufiti-Moses NZ Diploma in Performing Arts (Maori & Pacific Dance) – 2021

Nikau Foundation

Mozhgan Sharifi NZ Certificate in Business Administration (Level 3)

Summer Neho Diploma in Enrolled Nursing 

Kate Stewart Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) Year 2

Lucas Zaner Bachelor of Creativity (Music) Year 2

Tiara Gillespie-Peniata Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 1

Ja Hta Pan N-Hkum Bachelor of Nursing (Year 1)

Porirua City Council Scholarship

La Mu Hla Bachelor of Social Work (Year 4)

Red Wolf Security Scholarship

Liqing (Cathy) Chen Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 1)

Whitireia Foundation/Ngati Toa Scholarship

Ailish Kelly Bachelor of Nursing (Maori) Year 3

Whitireia Foundation Scholarship

Philisita Mii-Ana Tangatataia Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific) Year 2

Patolo Patelesio Bachelor of Information Technology (Year 3)

Oliver Smyth NZ Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

William Campbell Memorial Scholarship


The Whitireia Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors:

Alpha NZ Ltd

Britton Housemovers Ltd Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors

Campbell Family Graduate Women Wellington

Compass Health Kirk Burnnand Family

EFTPOS Vending Nikau Foundation

Elite Services Porirua City Council

Ford Sumner Lawyers Red Wolf Security Ltd

Foster + Melville Architects

Below are pics from earlier Scholarship Awards Ceremonies.

Scholarships 2018 – Congratulations to you all and big thanks to our sponsors!

Earlier this month, this awesome bunch of students were awarded their Whitireia Foundation scholarships for 2018, surrounded by proud friends and whānau. Thanks to all who attended the Awards night, and special thanks to our wonderful sponsors.

Special thanks also to Virtuoso Strings who delighted us all with their beautiful sounds.  The junior and senior orchestras of Virtuoso Strings are made up of more than 160 students from Porirua’s decile 1 and 2 schools.

Who are our recipients in 2018? See here.

Below are just a few pics of our 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

See all the photos from the night.


Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2013

More than 200 people attended the 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Awards on March 26, celebrating the success of 50 deserving scholarship recipients. Proud friends and family were in attendance to celebrate the students’ fine achievement, alongside valued sponsors, Porirua’s Mayor, Nick Leggett, members of the Whitireia Council, Whitireia’s CEO Don Campbell, along with other Whitireia staff, and Foundation Trustees. Chair of the Foundation, Tim Sheppard, presided over the ceremony, where our sponsors personally presented the awards to each student. Speaking for the students, Anaru Rima, a Bachelor of Nursing (Māori) student and  Ngāti Toa scholarship recipient, impressed on guests and sponsors, just what it meant to receive such support:

The generosity of the sponsors and their support allows us to progress and move forward within our different areas of study. We will repay you through being committed, focused and dedicated to our studies at Whitireia – Anaru Rima

Pacifica students

Whitireia’s brand new Wikitoria Katene building (at the Porirua campus) was a fitting location for the ceremony, reflecting the significant milestones achieved by both Whitireia Community Polytechnic and the Foundation, in the past year. Last week saw Whitireia celebrating the opening of its impressive new building, and upgraded facilities for Health Science students. In another milestone, the Foundation’s Trustees had last year set the ambitious target of $100,000 to be awarded in scholarships for 2013, up from 70,000 in 2012. In fact, the Whitireia Foundation was proud to award more than $103,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships support students’ studies in a range of areas, including: Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Information Technology, Applied Business Studies, Professional Cookery, Performing Arts, Electrical and Automotive Engineering and Carpentry.

Social work students

The Foundation and students gratefully acknowledge our 15 valued sponsors for providing grants ranging from $500 to $3000. Most are for tuition, with two providing grants for books. Sisters - both recipients of a 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship

The awarding of scholarships was followed by a ‘mix and mingle’ supper, where sponsors and students could get to know each other, along with trustees, Whitireia staff, Council members and invited guests.

Thanks must go to scholarship administrator Donna Creary and other Whitireia staff who worked hard to deliver what appeared to be a seamless presentation ceremony – a stand-out evening for all who attended.

Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all our 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship recipients. We look forward to hearing about your year!

Name Programme
Aimee Andrews Bachelor of Nursing
Rebecca Pateman Bachelor of Information Technology
Penelope Wilde Bachelor of Nursing
Mirian Karoua Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Litiana Uluiburotu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Lonise Aitogi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing (Māori)
Rose Pusa Nimarota Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Emma Millanta Bachelor of Nursing
Uputaua Matagi Bachelor of Nursing
Amanda Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Social Work
Kaitlyn Thomson Bachelor of Nursing
Suzanne Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Caleb Lomaloma Bachelor of Information Technology
Luano Duffy Viliamu Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Laura Robertson Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Peri Te Wao Bachelor of Nursing (Māori)
Trisha Wee Bachelor of Nursing
Tifaimoana Iosefo Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Jahleen Tauakume Certificate in Professional Cookery
Jill Sim Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Raola Sayer Bachelor of Social Work
Sharna Welham Bachelor of Nursing
Linda Soukbandith Bachelor of Nursing
Rexmond Pelman Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Willie Ropati Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Tyler James Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Joshua Calvert Certificate in Professional Cookery
Zsairon La’ulu Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Zachary Warmouth Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Tagimoana Toloa Bachelor of Information Technology
Ebony Sushames Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)
Kristy Faanunu New Zealand Diploma in Business
Kolo Manatua Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Joedyle Magadia Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Caleb Krishnan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Wiremu Nuku Certificate in Carpentry
Daniel Curran Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Brett Sullivan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Sarah-Jane Thorpe Bachelor of Nursing
Anaru Rima Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Todd Williamson Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Richard Anderson Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
Jennifer Roberts Bachelor of Social Work
Douglas Cavenagh Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Leeza Moananu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Leigh Kellet Bachelor of Social Work
Susan Fitzgerald Bachelor of Social Work
Tangimoana Te MoananuiWhitireia New Zealand logo Certificate in Foundation Health Science

Whitireia is pleased and proud to support the valuable work of the Foundation. Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships or email