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Six Wellingtonians receive travel awards from Churchill Memorial Trust

Press Release – Winston Churchill Fellowships
Six Wellingtonians have been awarded 2018 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships. The Fellowships help New Zealanders from all walks of life to travel overseas, research topics of significance and return with inspiration and experience that benefits their careers, communities and stakeholders.

The 2018 Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowship is awarded to Mia Gaudin of Wellington. She will travel to Mexico and California to research the lives of Sandra Bogart and Marion Gran for a novel that explores themes of identity, travel, feminism, family, joy and loss. The Winston Churchill McNeish Writers’ Fellowship was established in 2012 by Sir James and Lady McNeish to encourage promising writers and journalists to travel and live in other cultures. The awarding of the 2018 Fellowship to Ms Gaudin is particularly poignant, given Sir James’ death in late 2016.

The other Wellington recipients who have received 2018 Winston Churchill Fellowships are:

Stuart Farrant (Wellington) for travel to Germany, Denmark, Sweden and USA to research urban water management policy, technical innovations and funding mechanisms which have supported mitigating the environmental impacts of urban land development to inform the management of New Zealand urban storm water to address the degradation of water quality in streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

Olivia Stapleton (Wellington) for travel to USA to research specialised mood and behaviour tracking IT applications for mobile devices to inform the design and delivery of a mood tracking application for smart phones to help women in the NZ community with perinatal depression.

Carolyn Stobbs (Lower Hutt) for travel to the United Kingdom to work with a leading intellectual disability training and development agency to gain knowledge and skills that would further develop IHC’s Community Advocacy Work Programme in New Zealand.

Anthony Tedeschi (Wellington) for travel to the United Kingdom to undertake archival research as part of a study on the book collector Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull (1868–1918).

Nathan Watson (Wellington) for travel to Canada and USA to study models of prevention focused outdoor recreation (land based) public safety to inform practice in New Zealand.

More information on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is at:


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