The NZ Hi-Tech Foundation is excited to introduce the six winners of its first He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi Leading Light Scholarship.

The scholarship is the foundation’s first deliverable since launching in 2020 with a mission of reducing barriers and inequities within the tech sector.

In line with this mission, the foundation distributed a total of $30,000 in financial assistance to support its six incredible scholarship recipient’s journeys into tech.

Here are their stories: 


Vaifoa Lam Sam

Vaifoa Lam Sam

Vaifoa is 18 years old and has entered study this year to pursue a career in tech with a dream of one day working in the gaming, animation and design industries.

Read Vaifoa's Story 

Ramari Heperi

Ramari Heperi

Ramari is a Software and Web Development student who has returned to study after a 20 year professional career, and is now upskilling to fulfil her dream of being a developer and growing the tech sector in Northland.

Read Ramari's Story

 Jasmine Turketo

Jasmine Turketo

Jasmine is a Software and Web Development student who has recently pivoted from her career in construction to now chasing her dream of one day working in tech in the cyber security space.

Read Jasmine's Story

Jonson Hikaka

Jonson Hikaka

Jonson is a passionate learner now studying a Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT with a dream of one day working in the gaming industry.

Read Jonson's Story

Huni Yerkovich

Huni Yerkovich

Huni is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Information Science and is passionate about growing representation of Pacific people in tech.

Read Huni's Story

Want to help grow diversity in Tech and create a thriving landscape for career development in Aotearoa? 

Support the NZ Hi-Tech Foundation in its mission towards reducing barriers and inequities within the tech sector.

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