Tihema Nicol

Ngati Ruingarangi, Ngati Rauhoto - Bachelor Dental Surgery – Otago University

January 2011

Thank you for your support and contribution towards my academic period at the University of Otago in 2009.

I have just completed my second year of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Microbiology and am pleased to inform you that the combined results of my papers, the UMAT exam and an oral assessment were good enough to earn me a spot in The University of Otago School of Dentistry for 2011.

Among the 700 people that apply each year, around 250 students are allocated oral assessments in front of a panel, and from this group 54 are chosen for dentistry.

I cannot express my gratitude for the financial assistance that the Trust has given me and I hope that this result conveys the hard work that I have put in and the commitment that I will continue to have for the Wairakei Charitable Trust and the Maori people.

I have attached a copy of my grades and also a screen shot of the acceptance page/website as they have not sent my letter out as yet. Thank you all again,

Noho ora mai

Tihema Nicol

March 2011

Thank you for Tihema's scholarship support, if possible we wish to forward an email from The Maori Centre of Otago University.

Te Huka Mataraka: The Mäori Centre aims to recruit, support, retain and provide for the needs of Mäori students with an emphasis on encouragement of participation, academic excellence and higher learning within a culturally appropriate environment across all disciplines at University of Otago.

Pearl Matahiki is the Manager of this department and asked Tihema to do a speech for the 250 students – Health Science Mihiwhakatau – welcome last Thursday.

Tihema wrote her speech during the PVC – Pro Vice Chancellors' delivery of his address to the new students. Tihema spoke in front of all the new student in both Te Reo Maori and English and acknowledged her marae, iwi and hapu from Taupo.

We wish to thank you for her scholarship cheque which she has used to buy all her new dentistry tools for the next four years of training.

We would like to acknowledge your support to Tihema's training in dentistry; she will follow up on her progress during the year.

Tania Loughlin (Mum).

"But I would like to highlight how brilliant Tihema was at the Mihiwhakatau for new students to the School of Dentistry.

She replied with an excellent speech in both languages on behalf of the new students to the School.

I was most impressed with her leadership and know that both of you will be very proud of her (Ka mau te wehi Tuwharetoa) Therefore I mihi to both of you as well.

She will do very well in her chosen profession.

Naku noa na, Pearl Matahiki - Te Huka Mataraka; The University of Otago

Whakatauāki:   English

Wārea te one tapu,

Ka hura tangata a uta, me tiakina atu ki tangata a tai, Ka hura tangata a tai, me tiakina atu ki tangata a uta. Kia oti ake te mahara ma te taiao mo ake tonu atu.

Clear the sacred pathway,

And let those who care for the hinterland, be as one with those who reside by the seaside. Let those who care for the seaside, be of one thought with those of the hinterland, only then will the care of the environment be secured forever.