2018 NZCU South Young Member Scholarship

Congratulations to each of the winners of the 2018 NZCU South Young Member Scholarships. Indigo Poynton, Tuihana Taioroa-Smithies and Thomas Sexton, are each recipients of the NZCU South Young Member Scholarship and will each receive $5000 to assist them in achieving their goals and aspirations.

Running in its third year, the scholarships are aimed at recognising young members or family members of members to assist in payment of part or full study in the areas of academia, arts, music or sports within New Zealand or overseas for which applicants have been accepted. The scholarships aim to assist recipients in realising their dreams, whilst being recognised within the community and beyond for being at a high level in their chosen field and being able to further develop already recognised potential.


Indigo (Indi) Poynton – Levett – from Nelson

Indi recently won the prestigious Palmer Award at Nayland College for overall excellence as a Year 13 student.  Indi is an advocate for the environment, a former head student and a mentor for younger students. In the last year she starred in two school productions and also read a speech at the Nelson ANZAC parade. She has received excellence Endorsements for her NCEA and her dream is to be in a role where she can have a positive influence and instigate change.

Indi has been chosen to travel with the 2018 Shakespeare’s Globe Centre New Zealand group (SGCNZ) for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour to the UK. A party of 24 who will partake in workshops and perform a play at the Shakespeare Globe.






Tuihana (Tui) Taioroa- Smithies – from Dunedin

Tui is a student in Dunedin, where she has just completed NCEA Level 1 with Excellence.  She is involved in the Maori Student Council and was the elected Cultural Co-ordinator for 2017, organising the school musical and art exhibitions.  Tui aspires to be a costume designer and enjoys entering wearable arts competition. Her passion for costume design first started four years ago when Tui was Highly Commended for her entry in the SGCNZ/ Tony Catford Shakespeare Costume Design Competition with a design for Ophelia. Her passion paid off as it was through this that she was also selected to travel with the SGCNZ and participate in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour for 2018. This opportunity will help greatly with helping Tui achieve her long term goal of becoming a professional costume designer across all disciplines of the performing arts.






Thomas (Tom) Sexton – from Invercargill

Tom currently resides in Cambridge as part of the New Zealand Cycling Training Programme. Tom had been selected to represent New Zealand in the World Cycling Champs in Holland and is hoping to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

Tom is a 2016 World Junior Champion and moved to the elite ranks in 2017 and is the current Oceania Elite Madison Champ. The funding will be used to purchase a training bike which will allow him to continue to train and perform at a high level. Tom is a great role model for young people to demonstrate that commitment can lead to living your dream.






We congratulate our scholarship recipients and are delighted to see the scholarship provide ongoing support in helping them achieve their dreams.