To Whom It May Concern,
Kia ora, me nga mihi nui ki a koutou hoki.
Turakina Maori Girls’ College was closed in January of this year, after 110 years of service, and the students were obliged to make alternative arrangements for the continuation of their education.
Friends of TMGC Association was holding funds which had accumulated over the 60 years of its existance for scholarships, and a large part of these was distributed to those girls who had found a home at Hukarere Girls’ College, and to that College itself to be used for scholarships in the future.
The rest has been set aside with the intention of funding a person to research and write a history of TMGC, so that its history and achievements will not be forgotten. Over its 110 years of service many young Maori women obtained a grounding that has enabled them to contribute to the Maori, as well as the wider, community of Aotearoa New Zealand.
One way that we see this dream of ours being achieved would be by providing a post-graduate scholarship of $6000 to someone who could make this the basis of a Master’s or doctorate degree. To this end I am circulating this letter to the heads of Maori and History Departments of our various New Zealand universities, and would be pleased to receive any thoughts on the matter, or better still, notifications of interest.
Nick Thomson (President)
Friends of Turakina Maori Girls' College Association
35/17A Sherwill Street