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Child cancer research pioneer, Maori textiles conservator and weaver and emerging world-class freestyle skier to receive AMP Scholarships A pioneering scientist making inroads in child cancer research, an Auckland artist conserving the art of Maori textiles and an emerging world-class freestyle skier are just three of the newly announced winners of the 2007 AMP Scholarship Programme. AMP Managing Director and chair of the judging panel, Mr Greg Camm said the judges awarded 13 scholarships totalling $200,000 including two Premium scholarships. Earlier this year AMP doubled its commitment to the AMP Scholarship programme by increasing support from half a million to NZ$1million over the next five years. Mr Camm said the 2007 AMP Scholarship winners are 13 New Zealanders determined to follow their dreams and be successful. “From Feilding sustainability contributor, Rebecca Nicholson, who is to study energy and water resource development at the prestigious London School of Economics, to our award-winning sustainable product and process designer, Chris Metcalfe, to the only competitive female motor-cycle racer in Australasia, Karel Pavich, the winners all embody the best of New Zealanders, pursuing their dreams and living life to the full.” Mr Camm said that the 2007 winners stood out because of their willingness to use their talents and do the very best they can, both personally and for the wider community. “As a company that is supporting our customers to plan for the future and live their dreams, we‟re proud to assist these ordinary New Zealanders whose often world-class success will, in turn, inspire others.” Mr Camm said AMP received almost 800 applications, nearly twice as many as last year, from a wide range of New Zealanders of all ages, professions and backgrounds. “Once again, we were overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of the scholarship applications we received this year. The judges were surprised to discover the number of seemingly ordinary New Zealanders quietly achieving quite extraordinary things in communities throughout the country. “From ballerinas to film-makers, from chefs to saxophonists, each application was a wonderful story of aspiration and achievement,” he said. The AMP Scholarships aim to support ambitious and inspirational New Zealanders on

their journey to achieve their dream. AMP has awarded more than 70 scholarships to date and has committed a further $1 million over the next five years. The judges were Rosanne Meo, Fran Wilde, Pio Terei, Greg Camm, Jack Regan and Jane Anderson. Ends To interview AMP Scholarship winners or for general media enquiries, please contact: Veronica Ruddenklau AMP Public Affairs Phone: 09 337 7723 Mobile: 021 960 864 AMP Scholarship Winners 2007 Name: Simon Brew Paloma Bruce Philippa Connell Bethany Edmunds David Lee Chris Metcalfe Rebecca Nicholson Karel Pavich Scott Richardson Michael Taylor Alexandra Tylee Josiah Wells Andrew Wood Age: 25 25 18 29 36 22 33 46 43 25 16 17 32 Goal: Saxophonist Opera Singer Basketball Player Maori Textiles Filmmaker Product Designer Civil Engineer Motorcycle Racer Chef/Teacher Trumpet Player Ballerina Freestyle Skier Doctor Location: Wellington Auckland/Wellington Christchurch Auckland Wellington Auckland Wellington Nelson Invercargill New Plymouth Feilding Wanaka Auckland

Simon Brew, Saxophonist, Wellington To become an internationally recognised classical Saxophonist. “My success in music thus far is not just a result of talent and skill, but determination to be the best musician I can be - this cannot be done by teaching alone! Because of the vision of the AMP Scholarship Programme, experiencing quality live performances first hand will now be possible.” Simon‟s passion and determination to achieve his dream has been evident from a very early age. At the age of nine, Simon worked on a paper run to earn money, and gave up all Christmas and birthday presents for two years, in order to purchase his first saxophone. Simon‟s dream is to become a world-renowned Saxophonist, and teach and mentor the next generation of Saxophonists. He has won himself a place at the prestigious Messian Academy in the Netherlands, where he will complete his Masters Degree in Music Performance, and study with some of the finest Saxophonists in the world today. Johan van der Linden, leader of the world famous “Aurelia” Saxophone Quartet, and Arno Borncamp, one of the world‟s most notable soloists, will assist him on this twoyear programme which has been specifically designed for him. This unique course will include recitals, master classes, recording projects, professional development courses and pedagogy classes in order to meet Simon‟s individual career aspirations.
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Paloma Bruce, Opera Singer, Auckland To become an internationally successful Opera Singer. “I won‟t let obstacles make me lose faith, because I was given this voice so that I could use it. Being awarded an AMP Scholarship will change my life and open up a new chapter – I can become a real Opera Singer.” Paloma decided that she wanted to be an Opera Singer when she was 12 years old, and has worked most of her life to get where she is today. Paloma dreams of becoming an internationally successful Opera Singer, who will teach and pass on her knowledge to the next generation of New Zealand singers. Chosen out of 500 singers, Paloma has recently won a highly sought-after place at the famous Royal College of Music in London. Studying at the London College will propel Paloma closer toward her goal of obtaining an international career. She will have the opportunity to work with top teachers and coaches, audition for highly respected opera productions, and to perform in front of opera company scouts and agencies from around the world. She believes that music has to come from your soul in order to reach out to an audience‟s soul, and that life experience only enriches this. “I choose to take this path and see where it leads me. My story will never be of someone who had it all. My story will be of a girl who was ordinary with an extraordinary voice who had a dream and, against the odds won.” Philippa Connell, Basketball Player, Christchurch To play for the Tall Ferns. “It‟s great to have AMP believe in and support me. Basketball is my life and I‟m very excited about taking the next step.” Philippa started playing basketball when she was ten, and just knew that she wanted to go all the way to the top. She went on to be selected for the Koru team, and play in a number of provincial teams for both Canterbury and North Canterbury. Philippa played in the NZ U16 - placed 8th in the Australian National Championships, and later co-captained the NZ Junior Tall Ferns who were subsequently placed second at the world qualifying series 2006, and second again at the Oceania Youth Festival 2006. This year saw her lead Canterbury U19 to a national title, and become a member of the national champions U21 team. Philippa now plans to study in the United States on a basketball scholarship, to develop her skills to an even higher level. Her long-term goal is to become a member of the New Zealand Tall Ferns and play in the 2012 London Olympics. Despite all this, Philippa still strives to do well in all her academic work at school, and is a House Leader, Liturgy Committee Member, Head of Touch Rugby, Head of Basketball and a Junior Basketball Coach.

Bethany Edmunds, Maori Textile Weaver, Auckland To complete a Master of Arts at New York University and obtain specialist skills in textile conservation, and work towards the repatriation of Korowai (cloaks). “Thanks for believing in dreams AMP. This opportunity will give me the rest of the skills to turn my dreams into reality, and I am extremely grateful to have a
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company like AMP believe that the work I do is valuable enough to support financially.” Bethany began weaving when she was 12, and was later privileged to work alongside the late Nikki Lawrence (Te Rarawa), a renowned cloak weaver from the Far North, who taught her the specialist techniques needed to weave traditional Korowai (cloaks). Her passion for Korowai ignited, Bethany aims to use her skills to the best advantage, and teach weaving the way she was taught, ensuring the survival of traditional Maori techniques. Bethany feels that she has been given a unique responsibility and that this is what she was born to do. By completing her Master of Arts at New York University, Bethany will not only gain knowledge of indigenous history, but also develop extensive networks through weaving exchanges. Her aim is to gain access to a wide international art market, and thereby identify opportunities to advance Maori art on an international scale, developing links between New Zealand and other international institutions, and work towards the repatriation of the Korowai they house. David Lee, Filmmaker, Wellington To shoot a short film for entry into film festivals around the world. “AMP’s belief in me will allow me to make the type of films that carry with them themes and messages that I deeply wish to convey to my audience.” David, a Plumber by trade, has long held a passion for movies and after attending a year-long course at the NZ Film and Television School, and successfully completing several short movies, he is now ready to take his work to the next level. He plans to produce a 15-minute short thriller that will be aired at film festivals around the world and will be the next step to achieving his goal. In July 2004, David graduated from the NZ Film and Television School, receiving an award for making the greatest contribution to the school. During this time, David set up his own production company, Little Pig Productions, with a fellow classmate, and together they went on to invest in a commercial grade digital camera and sound equipment. Little Pig Productions is now home to a respectable crew of film graduates and other skilled professionals from within the industry. The production company gives David a unique advantage and the ability to make his own high calibre films. David‟s most recent film made it into the finals at the Wellington “48 hours Film Competition” in May this year, and another earlier documentary on junk mail, was shown at the Fringe Film Festival in July last month. Christopher Metcalfe, Product Designer, Auckland To become a professional product designer and set up a viable business focusing on sustainable design and manufacturing processes. “I‟m honoured to have received an AMP Scholarship. It is fitting that AMP has given me this opportunity as looking after the financial well-being of New Zealanders has been their focus for over one hundred years.” Designing is Chris‟s dream and before he even knew what the technique was called he was doing it. Starting out with Lego Technics, constructing weird and wonderful things became his passion.

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Last year Chris was announced as a finalist in the Dyson Awards and winner of a Best Award for his work on a crutch system designed specifically for third world countries. He believes that sustainability is a very important issue that concerns us all, and intends to consider this in all aspects of what he does. Chris‟s dream is to design products focussing on sustainable design and manufacturing processes, maintaining a high level of integrity. Some of his products currently retail in selected stores in New Zealand, and Chris has plans to increase the number of New Zealand stockists and start exporting his products into international markets. Chris‟s goal is to put New Zealand design on the map and begin exhibiting overseas.

Rebecca Nicholson, Civil Engineer, Wellington Renewable energy and sustainable water resource development. “The Scholarship is a gift. It is uplifting to know that there are companies like AMP who are outward thinking and inspire others to chase their dreams and are prepared to help them make it happen.” Rebecca‟s dream is to become a leader and a skilled contributor in sustainable energy and water resource development in New Zealand. Her passion is to interface technology, people, and the environment, and she will do this by obtaining not only the professional technical skills, but also a well-grounded appreciation of development theory, experience and practice. By gaining an MSc Development Studies from the London School of Economics, Rebecca will be in a better position to assist with the energy and water resource development issues in New Zealand, also common to those being faced globally – namely the integral need for communities to be empowered, informed and included in development solutions, and their social, environmental and financial impact. The debate regarding dams, energy, water resources and development is set to continue, driven globally by increased energy demand, population growth, protection from droughts and floods, and the need for secure sources of water supply now and into the future. Rebecca‟s aim is to achieve the best development outcomes in an inclusive, holistic way.

Karel Pavich, Motorcycle Racing, Nelson To win the Australian 2008 Island Class Motorcycle Race. “It is brilliant that a company like AMP can recognise the need for a Scholarship Programme like this – sometimes you just need a break in life and AMP provides this unconditionally.” Karel was introduced to motorcycles at the tender age of 14 by an older brother, and rode her first motorcycle at just 15. She became hooked on the freedom and exhilaration that came with riding, so much so, that it became a big part of her life. Karel eventually went on to marry her mechanic and together they have formed an awesome team that has been pivotal to her success today. A pioneer for women in motor sport, Karel became the first woman in New Zealand to win a motorcycle road racing title when she won the national 250GP Championship last year. She was also the sole woman out of 270 entries competing in the Island Classic in Australia this year, and finished a credible third overall. Motorcycle racing is one of the most daring sports, and requires a high level of skill, precision, courage and determination. Karel believes that waking up every day with
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passion in your heart keeps you on the right path. Karel has achieved so much based on her belief that she can do anything and would love to inspire other women to reach their full potential. Scott Richardson, Chef/Teacher, Invercargill To do a Master of Arts in Gastronomy and teach New Zealand’s youth to cook well balanced nutritional meals and inspire them into a Catering and Hospitality career. “If I can play some small part in encouraging young people to look at this industry, then my job is done, so I thank the AMP Scholarship Programme for supporting me in inspiring young people to cook.”

From an early age, Scott enjoyed helping his mother and grandmother bake. Such was his love affair with food it was inevitable that he would later become a chef. Scott‟s passion however took another turn, as he began to enjoy passing on his knowledge and skills to others, tutoring at various Polytechnics, and more recently teaching at Southland Boys‟ High School, where he moulds the minds of young men, and gives them the gastronomic skills they need to prepare well balanced, nutritional meals for themselves. His ambition is to gain a Masters of Arts Degree in Gastronomy to secure a more professional position within the education sector and open doors for future chefs to share their expertise with students who want to pursue a career in Catering and Hospitality. His degree will also allow him to work in developing policy relevant to the industry to keep engaging students in the industry that he loves. Michael Taylor, Trumpet Player, New Plymouth To become a recognised world-class Trumpet player, recording his own music, and touring New Zealand and abroad. “I wake up every morning stoked that I get to play the trumpet, and now I have a company like AMP that believes in me. I feel privileged to part of the AMP Scholarship Programme. In our often self-absorbed society it is great to see a company stand up for a good cause.” Michael picked up the trumpet at the age of eleven after advice from his Dad, and has been playing ever since. After completing a Bachelor of Music at Massey University Conservatorium of Music in Wellington, he began working full time as a professional musician, performing and recording with various groups, including his own „The Michael Taylor Group‟. He has been playing with the Black Seeds since 2004, recording „Into the Dojo‟, and has played on two New Zealand jazz albums of the year. He has performed internationally in Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Caledonia. In 2005 he released his debut album „Quintiplicity‟, distributed by Ode Records. Michael‟s passion for playing the trumpet lead him to being awarded a $10,000 Muriel May Scholarship, typically reserved for classical musicians. He used this money to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and to audition for a place at the Manhattan School of Music. Michael says that being accepted into this course to do his Masters has been a big highlight in his career. “Making it to New York is huge for any musician, and even more so for me because it has been my dream for so long.”
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Alexandra Tylee, Ballerina, Fielding To be a classical Ballerina in a leading international ballet company. “My mum told me when I was little, I danced more than I walked. From the very beginning this has been my dream, and now with the help of an AMP Scholarship, I‟m getting the support I need to follow that dream.” Alexandra started dancing when she was just three years old, and her dream is to delight and entertain people around the world who are passionate about classical ballet, by becoming a full time Soloist or Principal Ballerina. Ever since she can remember, dancing is all she has ever wanted to do. Born blind in one eye, and only 6/12 vision in the other, Alexandra does not see this as an impediment, and says she has learned to adapt. At just 14 years old, after a two-year battle, Alexandra lost her mother to cancer. Despite her mother‟s illness Alexandra continued dancing, and auditioned to attend the Tanya Pearson Classical Dancing Academy in Sydney. She was accepted. After studying in Sydney for two years, once again pushing her personal limits, Alexandra auditioned for a place at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden, Germany, where she will begin studying in September.

Josiah Wells, Freestyle Skier, Wanaka To win the gold medal in Halfpipe and Slopestyle at the Winter X-Games in 2008 and 2009, and go on to compete in the 2010 Olympics. “AMP is the bomb. Money is a factor that stops a lot of people following their dream. When AMP gives out these scholarships they give talented New Zealanders the opportunities they might not otherwise have. I hope to do you proud!” Josiah, or Jossie as he likes to be called, started skiing when he was only two years old as a result of his parents working at a Ski Resort. He says that even as a little guy he was always looking for places to jump off. By the time Jossie was eight, he had started race training, and by the age of ten he had begun his career in freeskiing. In 2004 he travelled with his younger brother to Italy at the invitation of an Italian Ski Resort, training there over the winter. He has subsequently travelled to the Utah, USA, and Europe, to train and compete during the Northern Hemisphere winters. Although at 17 Jossie is considered a junior, he competes in all competitions at Open Men‟s level against much older competitors, but has nevertheless still acquired a world ranking in the top three, taking out several gold medals along the way. Jossie is passionate about skiing and his dream is to become the World Champion within the next couple of years. To do this he needs to compete in as many international events as possible, in order to receive invitations to the big events, and over the next couple of years he plans to compete in the USA, Europe, Canada and Japan.

Andrew Wood, Doctor, Auckland To ensure New Zealand can continue to offer world class care to children with cancer. “Hope is powerful and children and families with Neuroblastoma could do with more of it. What impresses me most about AMP‟s Scholarships is that they place no
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restrictions on the field of endeavour, they just handed us a blank piece of paper and said show us courage, passion, determination and commitment.” After doing a rotation in Paediatric Haematology – Oncology, Andrew knew that this was the right specialty for him. He was determined to give children and their families more hope for a cure for cancer. By winning a highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA, and a Genesis Oncology Trust Award, Andrew proved that he had the requisite academic excellence and determination to succeed in his field, and was as worthy to be considered for this project as those with PhDs from Stanford and Harvard. His project is to develop new drugs called „targeted therapies‟ in order to treat Neuroblastoma, a children‟s cancer that grows in the abdomen, and is usually only diagnosed once it has already spread, leaving those affected with a mere 35% chance of survival. Andrew‟s goal is to design new drugs that will target the faulty genes and proteins that cause Neuroblastoma, with targeted therapy to selectively kill the cancer cells without damaging the healthy cells as chemotherapy does. His project will be carried out at the Children‟s Hospital of Philadelphia, rated best paediatric cancer treatment centre in the USA by Child Magazine. For five years he will train with world-renowned experts to develop the clinical and cutting edge research skills needed to offer world-class medical care to children with cancer back home.

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