CPIT congratulates winners of the Eke Panuku CPIT Awards

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19 Dec 2013

CPIT wishes to congratulate all of the winners at the Eke Panuku CPIT Awards celebration held last Friday evening.

The Eke Panuku awards have been designed to recognise Māori and Pasifika student’s commitment, progression and excellence within the classroom and in our communities. It is the first time the awards have been held.

Dean of Te Puna Wānaka, Hana O’Regan, says it is really important to celebrate Maori and Pasifika success across CPIT subjects and at all levels.

“We have traditionally recognised the successes of our Maori students within our Maori and Pasifika department and more recently in trades,” she says.

“But it is now wonderful to be in a position where we can celebrate alongside them, significant Maori and Pasifika achievements in business, engineering, computing, food and hospitality and nursing.”

Eke panuku awards 

CPIT awarded $13,500 in Supreme Student awards, $1500 in Foundation Awards, $3500 in Monte Ohia Awards and $750 Te Puna Wānaka Foundation Awards.

Departments nominated students for the awards.  To be eligible students had to be descendants of Māori, be able to demonstrate community involvement within Christchurch and have sound academic progress.

As well as those criteria shown above, those eligible for the Monte Ohia Award had to be able to  demonstrate strong commitment to tikaka, reo community and iwi engagement.

O’Regan congratulated all the winners of the Eke Panuku awards.

“What fantastic roles models these students are for the younger generation of Maori and Pasifika students in Canterbury. This is an inspiring initiative.”