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QEII Athol Patterson award 2011

Media release

30 May 2011


The 2011 QEII Athol Patterson Bursary was awarded to Alexander Meban at a ceremony held at Massey University last week.

The award is a result of a bequest to QEII from the estate of Professor Athol Patterson, which set up a bursary to support students at Massey University interested in sustainable farming practices.

The QEII National Trust Board selected Alexander from a shortlist of applicants submitted by Massey University’s Scholarship Committee. They were impressed with the ambition and commitment he demonstrated for his course of study and for sustainable agriculture.

CEO Margaret McKee said Alexander’s application clearly demonstrated his academic potential and a good philosophical fit with the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary objectives.

“We believe his career aspirations and his passion for sustainable land management practices will be of great benefit to the agriculture sector. It is a great pleasure to be able to support his studies with the bursary,” she said.

Alexander comes from a long farming tradition. His family owned and ran Te Hau Station near Gisborne for six generations until his parents’ move to Rotorua in 2008. Into his second year of a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in agriculture and animal science, Alexander’s aspiration is to one day be able to apply his learning and passion for sustainable practices to his own farm.

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The QEII Athol Patterson Bursary award is a result of a bequest to QEII from the estate of Professor Athol Patterson, which set up a bursary to support students at Massey University interested in sustainable farming practices. Professor Patterson was a doctor of tropical medicines and taught in various universities around the world before retiring to Waverley where he had two small dairy farms.

QEII (Queen Elizabeth II National Trust) is an independent statutory body whose core activity is to assist private landowners in New Zealand to protect significant natural and cultural features on their land through open space covenants. More information on QEII National Trust can be found at www.openspace.org.nz

More information about the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary can be found on the Massey University website www.massey.ac.nz

Contact: Anne McLean, QEII National Trust communications advisor, 04 474 6180.

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