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QEII Athol Patterson bursary awarded to Massey student

Media release

3 June 2014

Klazien Voogt at the awards ceremony, with QEII National Trust Director James Hunter

Klazien Voogt is the 2014 recipient of the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary, awarded annually to a Massey student whose studies focus on sustainability within the agriculture sector.

Ms Voogt is completing her fourth year towards a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (Hons).

The skills she is developing in her degree include environmental and planning law, strategies for sustainable development, natural resource policy and planning, and resource consent drafting.

Ms Voogt says she is aware of the challenges rural New Zealand faces, including significant biodiversity loss and land degradation. She wants to make an impact on how rural communities manage the environment by moving towards practices that recognise the holistic value of rural landscapes.

She hopes to work for an environmental management organisation after graduation.

QEII National Trust Chief Executive Mike Jebson said Ms Voogt's application for the bursary demonstrated a clear passion for her studies and sustainable land management practices. 

The National Trust was confident she would go onto make a positive contribution to how land is managed in New Zealand, he said.

“Klazien’s course of study and her career aspirations fit very well with the objectives of the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary.

“We are delighted to be able to support her in some way towards her achieving her goals, and wish her the very best with her studies,” he said.

The award is a result of a bequest to QEII from the estate of Professor Athol Patterson. A bursary was set up under his name to support students at Massey University interested in learning about sustainable farming practices. Ms Voogt was selected from a shortlist of applicants submitted by the university’s scholarship committee.


Contact: Anne McLean, Communications advisor, QEII National Trust 04 472 6626

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