New Zealand's Pacific Peoples Minister has awarded four young people US $17 thousand dollar scholarships aimed at encouraging more Pacific students into studying science, technology, engineering and maths.
The Toloa Scholarships were bestowed at a ceremony at the University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika on Thursday.
The minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, said New Zealand's Pacific population is one of the youngest and fastest-growing in the country.
Mr Lotu-Iiga said it's important Pacific students are given the opportunity to become the industry leaders and problem-solvers of the future.
The four Toloa Scholarships are given to first year undergraduate and postgraduate Pacific students who also receive mentoring and an industry internship.