Patricia Tupou

New Zealand Project Support, 2017

This year’s Winks Award went to Patricia Tupou, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. As a member of the Tongan community, Patricia is interested in how Indigenous narratives about the environment shape discourse about climate change and influence resource management and sovereignty movements. She believes that including indigenous perspectives in the global conversation about climate change will help facilitate the implementation of meaningful political action. Funds from the Roth Endowment will help Patricia travel between the eight islands that make up Hawai’i, allowing her to conduct field research with a diverse range of Indigenous communities and better understand broader regional narratives about the environment. Her future plans include entering politics as an advocate for the Pacific diaspora community in New Zealand and as a proponent for more effective climate change policies.

Ana Montgomery-Neutze

New Zealand Project Support, 2016

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The 2016 Winks Award was granted to Ana Montgomery-Neutze, who is earning a Master’s degree in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After completing her studies, Ana aspires to be a New Zealand based documentary filmmaker, focusing on capturing the stories of the Māori, specifically those of her own iwi (tribe), Muaūpoko. Ana hopes that her filmmaking skills combined with her access to and deep cultural understanding of indigenous groups in New Zealand will enable her to tell their stories in a wholly unique and intimate way, reclaiming and preserving important aspects of their identity for future generations.

Bonnie Scarth

New Zealand Project Support, 2015

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Bonnie Scarth spent the 2015-16 academic year working in the Anthropology Department at Cornell University, pursuing a comparative research project on the subjective meanings, lived experiences, and potential transformations of trauma among women diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the U.S. and New Zealand. With a background in family violence and sexual assault prevention, Scarth explored the impact of applying a medical diagnosis to someone who has experienced violence, and investigated the role of the medical and justice systems in contributing to or complicating the potential for transformation of lived experience.

Georgina Archibald

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New Zealander Georgie Archibald has begun her two-year Master’s program in English at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she plans to focus her research on the effects of digital media on reading and writing practices. Her award will help offset the cost of books and software necessary for her project.

Ani Alana Kainamu

New Zealand Project Support, 2013

NZ2The Winks Award winner for 2013 was Ani Alana Kainamu, who proposed to compare the natural resource management of customary fisheries in New Zealand and Hawaii. She planned to assess contaminant levels of trace metals and microbiological elements in ecologically significant and culturally important species of fish in two key estuaries. Her methodology integrates scientific and cultural approaches to understand how anthropogenic inputs and environmental factors affect the quality of food resources. In particular, she refers to the holistic “mountain to sea” traditions of the Ngai Tahu tribe of New Zealand’s South Island and of the native Hawaiian Kanaka Maoli to inform her analytic approach. Kainamu’s study will thus contribute to both national resource management in the Pacific, and current studies of indigenous Pacific peoples.

Alex Latu

New Zealand Project Support, 2012

Studies in administrative and constitutional law, towards earning a Master of Law degree at New York University Law School. Latu is interested in developing new legal structures to use in awarding and evaluating government contracts with private entities.

Divya Dhar

New Zealand Project Support, 2011

Studies towards a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvrd University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dhar, a young Indian-New Zealander, is the creator of the P3 (Peace, Prosperity and Progress) Foundation, an NGO that mobilizes young people across the Asia Pacific region to break out of poverty.

Dan Bidois

New Zealand Project Support, 2010

Studies focusing on urban, social and economic policy, culminating in a Master’s degree at Harvard University. Bidois is from Auckland.

Sarah Salman

New Zealand Project Support, 2009

PhD research on the responses of American immigrant communities to 9/11, towards a doctorate at City University of New York

Bethany Edmunds

New Zealand Project Support, 2008

Studies in Visual Culture at New York University, focusing on costume studies and textile conversation, culminating in a Master’s degree. After her return to Auckland in 2010, she developed an exhibition of works drawing on her US experience and toured the North Island to visit weavers and their communities.