Columba College congratulates Fullbright scholar

03 July 2018

Columba College congratulates former student Rachael Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) who has been awarded a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga award.


The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga award is granted to promising New Zealand graduate students, allowing them to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development.


Ms Jones, who attended Columba College from 2002 to 2008 has a LLB (Hons) and BA (Economics) from the University of Otago. An experienced lawyer, Ms Jones has advised iwi on issues relating to Treaty of Waitangi settlements, as well as growing post-settlement assets – most recently appearing in the Supreme Court acting for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Columba College’s Acting Principal Mrs Jenness Riethmaier said the College was incredibly proud of Ms Jone’s achievements and that she was an inspiration for current students to look to. Ms Jones was the second Columba alumni to receive a Fullbright award in recent times with Charlotte Skerten receiving the award in 2017

The Fullbright award will see Ms Jones complete a Master of Law specialising in constitutional and Indigenous law at New York’s Columbia University.