9 Feb 2010

Scholarship fund set up to honour late councillor

9:04 am on 9 February 2010

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has set up a $20,000 fund for a scholarship to honour former Maori ward councillor Hawea Vercoe.

The Rotoiti kura kaupapa principal died of brain injuries after being knocked down outside a bar in Whakatane last November. A man, 21, was charged with his murder.

Chair John Cronin says Mr Vercoe made a huge contribution to the regional council.

Waatea News reports the council's Maori committee is developing criteria for the fund.