Waikato Regional Council and the Department of Conservation jointly sponsor this scholarship for a summer student to work at Waikato Regional Council. The student will be based in the Whitianga office and will work with the Hauraki/Coromandel Catchment team and the Coromandel staff of the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The scholarship is available for students studying conservation or natural resource management related tertiary programmes. Students will be employed by Waikato Regional Council on a fixed term, full-time employment agreement, running for a 3–3.5 month period over summer. The scholarship will be available annually from July 2018 to June 2023.
Arthur Hinds, (June 2, 1946 – September 23, 2017) was a notable conservationist who led one of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi protection projects and numerous conservation efforts across the Waikato and Coromandel.
He served many years as a Waikato Conservation Board member in a strong association with DOC. He was a Waikato regional councillor for the Coromandel constituency and chair of the council's Advisory Committee for Regional Environment (ACRE).
Arthur, a Whenuakite farmer, was passionate about conservation and supporting young people's learning around it.
He leaves behind a legacy in conservation and has left an indelible impact on the peninsula, as well as the regional community.
The following are among Arthur’s contributions:
It is expected the scholarship will open for applications around late August-early September. Applicants will be required to: