Joanna Nelson (Ngāti Ngutu), 2017-18 Graymont (NZ) Limited Scholarship ($1000) recipient, has just completed her first year of study towards a Bachelor of Environmental and Society (BES) majoring in Water Management at Lincoln University. Joanna has always had a connection with the Taio, consequently, she first established her connection to Maniapoto during the Maahinaarangi me Tuurongo Rangatahi symposium.

“My time with Waikato had enabled me to attend various hui for the West Coast Harbour Claims and I believe there will be much work needed in these areas which I hope to contribute my knowledge gained from our past leaders and university. I chose to study Environment and Society with a Major in Water Management at Lincoln, because I felt that this degree was something that suited my three passion being people, our environment and our waters.” states Joanna.