Scholarship Students

NUWAO will be awarding a scholarship to a masters student in their 5th year of study in 2023. We are seeking a student who is in their fourth year of study in 2022, looking to move into their final year of masters study in 2023 at either Auckland University of Technology (School of Future Environments) OR Victoria University of Wellington (School of Architecture or School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences) OR who is willing to transfer to one of these institutions and is accepted into a programme of study. A variety of degree options exist including architecture, landscape architecture, and geography. Study will begin in February 2023. We will work with the successful candidate to tailor research questions and methodologies to the student’s skill, interest, and background, but the research will be related to nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation in defined locations across Oceania. 

Possible topics:

  • Design led nature-based solutions for climate adaptation 
  • Spatial mapping approaches to NbS for climate change adaptation
  • Indigenous knowledge and practice related to climate, resilience, and wellbeing
  • Architectural science approaches to nature-based adaptation

Scholarship will include full (or partial depending on the programme of study) payment of fees for a standard 120 point master degree and a living stipend for one year of study. This scholarship is for a student of Māori or Pacific Islands descent.

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to Associate Professor Maibritt Pedersen Zari at the School of Future Environments, AUT ( as soon as possible. More details here: NUWAO masters Scholarship 2023

Māia-te-oho Holman-Wharehoka

Te Āti Awa, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Moeahu, Ngāti Haupoto, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue,  Ngāti Tunohopu
Bachelor of Building Science, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
NUWAO Masters Scholarship Student 2022.
Studying towards a Master of Building Science, VUW.

Kia Ora, I am working towards a Masters in Architectural Science majoring in sustainable engineering systems at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. My goals and aspirations involve encouraging and being involved in the evolvement of sustainable papakainga. My passion lies with my people and the land from which I come from, which has made falling into this project exciting.
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Kirata Tekiera

Bachelor of Science, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
NUWAO Masters Scholarship Student 2022.
Studying towards a Master of Climate Change Science and Policy, VUW.

Just a typical Kiribati guy who lives happy, love to share jokes and to have fun despite living with the adverse impact of climate change on a daily basis. I am working at the Office of Te Beretitenti (President) in Kiribati as a National Climate Change Coordinator. Experiencing the impact of climate change first hand motivates and even given me the courage to stand alongside my countryman and fight to be resilient and to adapt. All, just to live happy, to be able to laugh and to share jokes with friends and families.
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Willy Missack

Bachelor of Sciences, Technologies, Health, Specialising in the Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Master of Sciences, Technologies, Health, Majoring in Environmental Sciences, Specialising in Integrated Environmental Management
NUWAO PhD Scholarship Student 2022 – 2024,
Studying towards a PhD, VUW.

Willy Missack will be working towards his PhD at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. He was the Vanuatu Climate Action Network (VCAN) coordinator and Pacific Climate Change Collaboration Influence Learning (PACCCIL) Project Coordinator at Oxfam, Vanuatu and Vanuatu’s Negotiator on Adaptation and Loss and Damage since COP23. He is engaged in many climate change work in Vanuatu; and was first awarded youth of Vanuatu by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 with a Queen Young Leaders’ Award for its service to the Vanuatu community. At the regional level, he is serving as the Oceania Regional Coordinator for Conference Of Youth (COY16) and the One Young World (OYW) Coordinating Ambassador of the Pacific.
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