Thu 21 Mar 2019

PKW help at hand

First came the who, then the what.

Parininihi ki Waitotara General Manager, Shareholder Engagement, Mitch Ritai told Maori and Pasifika students at Te Piere, on the WITT campus, today (March 20) about the establishment and work of his organisation.

Then he discussed how PKW sought to empower its people by offering scholarships and grants.

He said the catch was time – this year’s application round ends on March 31, so PKW has Mitch and  Adrian Poa, Advisor Shareholder Engagement, on-site at WITT to provide help kanohi-ki-kanohi today and tomorrow (March 21) at in F-block.

PKW represent the interests of over 10,000 shareholders and administers 20,000ha of productive Taranaki farmland – including 27 dairy and dry stock farms.

“We create income and profit to distribute through the PKW Trust and in grants,” Mitch said.

“If you want assistance, this is great opportunity – come and talk to us.”

He outlined some of the scholarships available – one at $7500, four at $5000 and two and $2000.

Students who did not qualify under the PKW umbrella were encouraged by Mitch and WITT Kaitakawaenga Allana Prestney to look online at WITT for opportunities available to them – and also look at their own iwi.

“You have an opportunity to be helped with your education through these scholarships and grants – don’t ignore it,” she said.

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Pictured: Mitch Ritai told WITT students about the many scholarships PKW offers.