The scholarship recognizes the recipient’s commitment to Maori development


Chanay Peri, from Hastings, has become the first recipient of the Annie Aranui Scholarship, which aims to enable and support young Mana Wahine to enter and work in the public sector.

This scholarship is administered by the Hawke’s Bay Youth Futures Trust.

When Chanay applied for the scholarship, she was working for the Ministry of Social Development as an Employment Records Manager, and due to her incredible work and commitment, she was later seconded to Te Puni Kōkiri, the main government agency supporting Maori welfare and development.

Chanay studied Maori development at the University of Waikato and returned to Hawke’s Bay in 2019 to start a cadetship with the Department of Social Development.

She was soon promoted to case manager, with a portfolio of jobs, to help whānau enter the workforce.

Chanay said the scholarship was an opportunity to pursue her passion for supporting Maori development.

“This includes supporting our rangatahi in the mahi aimed at keeping them out of the welfare system and preparing them to seek better life opportunities.”

The Hawke’s Bay Youth Futures Trust administers the scholarship and President James Truman said Chanay’s application was exceptional.

“His commitment to the public sector and commitment to supporting our mahi rangatahi really shined. The Hawke’s Bay Youth Futures Trust is very pleased to support Chanay’s development and progression in the public sector.

The scholarship was established in 2021 in memory of Annie Aranui, Regional Commissioner of the Department of Social Development for Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti. Annie has served in the public sector for over 36 years and her services were recognized with the New Zealand Public Service Medal in 2020.

Applications for the next round of this scholarship are currently open and close June 30, 2022

For more information on the Annie Aranui Scholarship, please visit or contact [email protected]

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