We are pleased to announce Rose Kuru (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kere) has been awarded the 2022 Pūhoro STEMM Academy scholarship to complete a Master's degree, sponsored by Our Land and Water.
Rose grew up in Ōtautahi and now lives in Wellington where she is completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Victoria University. She is focusing on climate change and how this affects waterways. Prior to this, she achieved a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology.
“This scholarship has pushed me to excel in my studies,” says Rose. “I feel very lucky to be the recipient as it is allowing me to explore and learn about another field of science. I am really excited about this journey.”
Rose joined Pūhoro one year ago, and did an internship with Plant and Food Research over summer. Rose really enjoyed being a part of the internship programme, where she gained amazing connections with research organisations and other tauira. Alongside her studies, she gives back to the kaupapa through remote tutorials nationwide.
“Young Māori scientists who are steeped in Māori knowledge systems, with a strong understanding of other science systems will be fundamental to shaping the future of our farming landscapes.”— Naomi Aporo, Kaihāpai Māori for Our Land and Water
Rose was inspired and encouraged by her whānau, many of whom are working or studying in STEM fields such as forestry, nursing, and geography. Her grandfather, George Arapata Kuru, was the first Māori microbiologist.
“We did similar topics in undergrad, and it was always really inspiring to know that he has achieved such amazing things in his career,” says Rose.
Rose was entirely raised by her mother, so her journey into tertiary education was fully influenced by her Mum. She always encouraged her to achieve in school, attended all her school events, and when she was slacking, challenged her to do her best.
Rose says her biggest mentor in life is her sister. She is two years older than Rose and gave her supportive advice throughout high school and university.
The Our Land and Water-funded scholarship is for two years, and consists of $20,000 to cover living costs and fees.
Naomi Aporo, Kaihāpai Māori for Our Land and Water, says investment is critical to build the capacity of young Māori who are passionate and excited to serve and lead in science.
“Thinking fundamentally differently about our relationship with our landscapes, waterways, and the animals that we farm is at the heart of our intergenerational challenge for Aotearoa,” says Naomi.
“Young Māori scientists who are steeped in Māori knowledge systems, with a strong understanding of other science systems will be fundamental to shaping the future of our farming landscapes.”
Ka rawe Rose! We can’t wait to see what you achieve in the future.