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In 2018 the Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust implemented its Skills & Training Scholarships Programme. The programme provides NZCTU-affiliated union members, or their spouses/children, with funding towards course costs, course resources or university halls of residence accommodation costs. The Trust Board welcomes applications from people who aspire to gain qualifications in the various trades or through university studies, including people who have reasons to retrain.

For 2021, the Trust Board has awarded nine scholarships to recipients studying for a diverse range of qualifications. All are enthusiastic about what is ahead in their chosen vocations; seeking not only to influence and make improvements in the professions but also to use their training and knowledge to contribute within their communities.

Congratulations to recipients.


I am a member of the NZ Nurses Organisation

Tēnā koutou
Ko Rakaumangamanga te maunga
Ko Ipipiri te moana
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Te Rawhitite marae
Ko Patukeha ōku hapu
Ko Ngā Puhi te iwi Nō Ōtautahi ahau
Ko Button tōku whanau
Ko Holly tōku ingoa

At present I am in my first year of the Bachelor of Nursing at Ara Institute of Canterbury. I have taken the plunge to retrain and gain a qualification after leaving high school without finishing, and going on to have a rather diverse employment history ranging from horse groomer to flight attendant!

In recent years I discovered my real passion is working with people in human services, so studying feels like a natural progression. My career goal is to be a registered nurse that works with people in community, particularly youth struggling with their mental health as this is an issue close to my heart and feels like my purpose.

I appreciate the assistance from the Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust and I am humbled to be chosen as a recipient. The scholarship will support me to continue my study with less financial pressure and I cannot say thank you enough.

Holly Button
Paul Day


I was a member and delegate of First Union. 
My Mum is a member of the New Zealand Nurses Organization and the Tertiary Education Union.

I previously worked in retail until being made redundant in October 2020. I wanted to retrain in the hope of gaining employment outside the retail sector. I am excited to be studying the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 4 at Whitireia Polytechnic.

I would like to thank the Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust for selecting me to receive the Skills & Training Scholarship 2021; I greatly appreciate the support, Thank You! 


My dad is a member of the NZ Professional Firefighters' Union

I am seventeen years old and am excited to be beginning a new chapter in my life at the University of Otago studying Health Sciences First Year.

After completing the first year I hope to move on to the professional programme of a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. I have always been interested in Dentistry and my goal is to be able to forever help and care for people and their health. I am hopeful that my time at the University of Otago will give me the skills and knowledge to be successful with my goals and aspirations, to be accepted into the professional programme, and to become a qualified Dentist.

I give many thanks to the Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust for the financial support and the opportunities this will give me in the future.

Kaylah Draper
Taylor Anahera Herewini-Waiariki


My dad is a member of FIRST Union

Tēnā Koe, my name is Taylor and I am an 18 year old woman of Maori and English descent. My Waka is Te Arawa and my Iwi are Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Tuara/Kearoa, Waitaha, Ngai Tahu and Tuhoe.

This is my first year of studying business at Waikato University, majoring in Marketing and Strategic Management, after having completed five years education at Rotorua Girls High School.

The future will have its academic challenges, I have no doubt, yet I am diligent and prepared to work and study to complete my diploma and my degree.

I am so grateful to have the support of the Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust to enable me to pursue my dreams of becoming a successful business woman of the future.


My mother is a member of FIRST Union

I have just completed high school and in the last few years, the ocean has become my passion. Water sports such as free-diving, scuba-diving, spear-fishing, fishing, and surfing have become my world. This love of the ocean is what inspired me to work towards a qualification in environmental management this year.

I’ve seen first-hand the destruction that humans can wreak on the environment while working for a stint as a commercial free-diver in the South Island. I witnessed barren wastelands of waters ravaged by overfishing. My experiences over the past few years have impassioned me to want to protect marine environments, and I see the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management as a pathway to help me further that goal.

Coming from a rural, low-socioeconomic area, I believe the ability to gain a qualification and bring that passion back can only be beneficial to the wider community. I am very grateful to the Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust for helping me turn my passion into a career!

Tyrel Phillips
Georgian Johnson


I am a member of Equity New Zealand

I am a mature student at Massey University studying a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Expressive Arts and PR. Now, more than ever, the world is turning to the arts for comfort, for self-expression and for connection.

As a recipient for the Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust Scholarship, I am able to continue studying my passion, and for that I am truly grateful. As an actor I can say for certain that the arts, specifically storytelling, have the ability to connect and empathise with human-kind unlike any other form and that is why my degree in communications is so important to me. 

Thank you Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust for seeing the need for the arts and finding me a worthy cause to support. 


My dad is a member of the NZ Professional Firefighters’ Union

I am currently studying in my second year at Massey University towards a Bachelor of Aviation. My goal is to become a commercial pilot and contribute to the rebuild of the aviation industry after what has been a difficult 12 months. So far I have had the privilege to learn about the industry as a whole, but also learn the practical skills involved with flying an aircraft, allowing me to fly solo for the first time last year. I have a huge passion for aviation and am excited for the future opportunities that lie ahead.

I express a huge thanks to the Northern Drivers' Charitable Trust and I am extremely grateful for their continued support!

This is Josh's second scholarship.
Sarah Marr


I am a member of the Public Service Association

Tēnā koe, this will be my final year of undergraduate study, completing a Bachelor of Social Work and this time next year I intend to be in full time employment as a registered Social Worker.

I chose to study social work because I am passionate about advocating for positive change and engaging in meaningful action to support and empower others to achieve their aspirations. I am driven by a desire for Māori advancement, social justice and equal outcomes for those within society who are disadvantaged over others.

I am extremely grateful to Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust for supporting me financially to further my education. Thank you, Northern Drivers’ Charitable Trust! Ngā mihi nunui.

This is Sarah's second scholarship.


I am a member of SAG-AFTRA in the United States and Equity New Zealand

I am experienced actor, voice-over artist, writer and producer and my work has won awards on the international festival circuit. My film and television credits include Illegally Yours, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Balloons, Shortland Street, Filthy Rich, Find My Killer and The Reading. I have worked in theatre, on web-series and in commercials and have produced theatre shows in both the United States and in Auckland.

In 2020 I returned to studying, and am in the process of completing a BA in Psychology.  Once completed, I plan to do a Masters in Psychotherapy and hope to incorporate my love of performing with psychology specialising in therapy for the arts.

Jessi Williams



Emma Bramwell

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Dani Lidell

Public Service Association

Josh Madgwick

NZ Professional Firefighters' Union

Sarah Marr

Public Service Association

Katherine Meeten


Ella Nichols

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Tyrel Phillips


Jahvaya Wheki






Emma Bramwell

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Damon Fife

Maritime Union of New Zealand

Cordelia Huxtable

New Zealand Education Institute

Yanah Partsch

E tū

Jahvaya Wheki


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