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New undergraduate prize established

Monday 14 August 2017 11:46am

A new book prize has been established to celebrate the highest achieving Pacific female student in a 200-level paper in the Humanities. The prize will be awarded annually for five years and is intended to directly support the student’s continuing study.

The Heilala Book Prize (in Humanities) was established as a 70th birthday gift for Claire Matthewson from her immediate family. It is recognition of Claire’s strong ties to both the Pacific and the University of Otago.

From 1990 to 1995, Claire was Director, University Extension, at The University of the South Pacific in Fiji and, from 2002 to 2011, Director, Summer School and Continuing Education, at the University of Otago.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ballantyne and Claire Matthewson jointly presented the prize to the inaugural winner, Faith Eccles, at an event last Friday. Faith received the prize for her outstanding result in Anthropology 210 Translating Cultures.

Matthewson prize1Pictured: Claire Matthewson and PVC Tony Ballantyne present Faith Eccles with the Heilala Book Prize.
Matthewson prize Pictured: Claire Matthewson with Faith and her family.