26 January, 2018. This year’s winner of the prestigious King Tupou VI Coronation Scholarship for 2018 is Maletino Taumu’alelei ‘I Loyala Mafi.
This was announced by the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Nick Hurley. Maletino comes from Houmakelikao, Ma’ufanga.
The Coronation Scholarship was gifted by the former Governor General of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Jerry Mateparae, on the occasion of the coronation of King Tupou VI.
The scholarship is offered annually to the Dux of Tonga High School, provided all the standard scholarship criteria are met. The 2017 Dux is Maletino Mafi who is the second recipient of the Scholarship.
At a special ceremony on Wednesday night at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s Official Residence, Nick Hurley congratulated Maletino on his outstanding achievements and wished him well in his endeavours.
The New Zealand High Commissioner requested the Lord Chamberlain to formally convey this nomination to His Majesty, King Tupou VI.
Maletino plans to study a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
The Coronation Scholarship is one of the 31 academic scholarships offered to Tongan citizens under the New Zealand Scholarships Programme each year, for academic study in New Zealand and the Pacific region.