We are delighted to announce that the 2018 recipients for The Michael Barnett Scholarship are:

Raymond McKay

Raymond intends using the scholarship to assist creating a new digital platform and video series called Orator Circle, showcasing Maori and Pacific leaders in their fields who are doing great things in the world, and who are part of the diaspora of New Zealand and Pasifika talent that he wants to use as inspiration for young New Zealanders.

Orator Circle would be aimed specifically at Maori, Pacific people and  global indigenous cultures.

Michael’s comments:
Raymond is passionate about capturing and celebrating the success of Maori and Pacific leaders. This initiative will showcase them to a wide audience.


Elspeth Carroll

Elspeth will be using the scholarship to further her career in international relations. Elspeth is currently at Harvard University in America studying towards a Masters of Liberal Arts and International Relations. Elspeth graduated from AUT this year with a Bachelor of Business and is attending Harvard Summer Sessions over 2018 and 2019 to complete her masters.

Michael’s comments:
Elspeth is committed to contributing to the success of our international relations platform for policy, trade and people. We wish her well.


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