Coronation scholarship winner will study at Auckland University

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Maletino Mafi and Lesieli Nai, New Zealand High Commission Team Administrator Development. Photo/Supplied

This year’s prestigious King Tupou VI Coronation Scholarship has been awarded to Maletino Taumu’alelei ‘I Loyala Mafi.

Maletino comes from Houmakelikao, Ma’ufanga.

The Coronation Scholarship was instituted by former New Zealand Governor General 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.

This is the second time the award has been made.

The award was announced by Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Nick Hurley.

At a ceremony on Wednesday night Hurley congratulated Maletino on his achievements.

The New Zealand High Commissioner asked the Lord Chamberlain to formally convey this nomination to His Majesty.

Maletino plans to study a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The Coronation scholarship is one of the 31 scholarships offered to Tongan citizens each year to allow them to study in New Zealand and the Pacific.

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