By PHILIP CHANDLER
A foundation named after an inspirational Wakatipu High drama teacher, the late Kate Moetaua, recently dished out $3500 to nine school students.
Kate’s daughter Malia, 11, and husband Teaukura are pictured with the main arts scholarship recipient Elke Koehn, second right, and the main sports scholarship winner, Olive Watherston.
The pair each received $800.
School leaver Elke this year won the New Zealand-wide ‘better public media’ student challenge for the second year running with her filmmaking skills and is off to study filmmaking.
Year 12 student Olive, 17, recently became the youngest Wakatipu High student to make the Otago Spirit rep rugby side, and hopes to play sevens for NZ.
The Kate Moetaua Foundation was set up by Teaukura in 2018, soon after Kate passed away.
Its scholarship programme, facilitated by Wakatipu Community Foundation, recognises high-achieving students across sport, culture and the arts.
Kate’s daughter Anika, 18, who chairs the foundation, says supporting talented youth in Whakatipu alongside her dad and sisters ‘‘is something Kate would be incredibly proud of’’.