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Alumni of the University’s New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī (NZSM) who had the opportunity to study in the United States are flautist Isabella Gregory and jazz musicians Jack Harré and Dexter Stanley- Tauvao (Vailoa Faleata, Tāga i Savai’i).

Professor Sally Jane Norman, Director of NZSM, said: “It is wonderful to see recent Te Kōkī graduates celebrated at this high level of achievement; the institutions they attend in the United States, their apprenticeships and the networks they consolidate in our respective regions will have a profound impact.

The poet Bronte Heron, alumnus of the International Institute of Modern Letters, also received an award from the Fulbright New Zealand programme.

“Fulbright is a great door opener, said Professor Damien Wilkins, director of the IIML. “I’m so happy to see poets making the most of this opportunity.”

  • Isabella Gregory, who earned a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors in Classical Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, will complete a Master of Music in Flute Performance at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
  • Jack Harré, who graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors in Jazz Performance, will complete a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at New York University, New York.
  • Dexter Stanley-Tauvao, who earned a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors in Jazz Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in German, will complete a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queen’s College in New York. .
  • Bronte Heron will complete an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors from Elam School of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from IIML.

The four fellows are part of a cohort of six pursuing the arts, among the group of 27 fellows who will continue their studies in the United States.

Two other recent graduates, Pete McKenzie and Mattias Tolhurst, also received Fulbright scholarships this year.

  • Pete McKenzie, who earned a Bachelor of Laws with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mandarin, will complete a Master of Arts in Journalism at Columbia University in New York
  • Mattias Tolhurst will complete a PhD in Molecular Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and medical sciences, as well as an honors bachelor’s degree in biotechnology.

The Fulbright Educational Exchange Program is one of the largest and most important educational exchanges in the world. Since the New Zealand Fulbright Commission was established in 1948, it has awarded over 1,900 scholarships to New Zealand graduate students, artists, scholars and professionals to undertake further research in the United States and has hosted over 1,600 Americans on exchange in New Zealand.

To see the full list of 2022 New Zealand Fulbright Prize winners, go to

The New Zealand Fulbright Cohort 2022 will be honored at a special awards ceremony at the National Library in Wellington on Monday June 27, which will be hosted by The Honorable Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Minister for Courts .

Applications are open for the Fulbright New Zealand Fellowships 2023. Applications close August 1, 2022 for graduates and October 1, 2022 for scholars. Visit for more details.

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