The philanthropic support received by current Law student Matthew Tihi has had such a profound effect on him that he and his wife have already announced that they have decided to sponsor a Law prize themselves - while Matthew is still studying.
"My wife and I know the positive effect that philanthropic support can have on students. We are both passionate about supporting Māori education and we hope that this prize encourages Māori students to pursue academic excellence.
After leaving school Matthew joined the Army. He planned to serve for just a few years but “a few” turned into 16 years of service, which included deployments to East Timor and Afghanistan. When he decided he wanted to take up Law at the University of Auckland it was a great “leap into the unknown”.
Support through the David R Mummery Memorial Scholarship in Law, the Brookfields Lawyers Scholarship and, especially, the Marylyn Eve Mayo Endowment Scholarship helped him to make ends meet at a critical time. He says it also had a massive impact on his morale: “It recognised the hard work that I have put in and gave me a much needed boost in confidence.”
Matthew tutors Māori and Pacific students in Torts and was the winner of the Māori Issues Moot 2015. Following the completion of his LLB(Hons) in the summer semester of 2016, he will commence work as a law clerk in the Construction Team at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. He and his wife, Lara, will sponsor a Law prize to recognise academic achievement among Māori students.
Our sincere thanks go to the generous donors who supported Matthew and to Matthew and his wife for “paying it forward” and enabling others to pursue academic excellence.