Melanee Bush and James Matthewman from King Toyota, Wellington, receive their 2024 MITO scholarships from MITO Executive Director Verna Niao (second from left), alongside Training Advisor Brian Scott (left), King Toyota Service Manager Danielle Chin, and Inspiring Futures Foundation Trustee Nick Leggett (right).

MITO, in partnership with the Inspiring Futures Foundation, is pleased to announce that 69 individuals received a 2024 scholarship.

Every year, with the help of the Inspiring Futures Foundation, MITO selects aspiring, current or graduate learners to take their education and training to the next level. This significant partnership with the Inspiring Futures Foundation supports the talent pipeline by investing in workforce skill development.

“We were delighted to receive many exceptionally talented applicants vying for our 2024 scholarships,” says MITO Executive Director Verna Niao.

“As these dedicated and promising recipients embark on this transformative journey, we look forward to witnessing their continued success and impact on the industry. This achievement not only reflects their commendable efforts, but also underscores our commitment to fostering and empowering the next generation of leaders and innovators."

Sturrock Saunders, Chair of the Inspiring Futures Foundation adds, "The Inspiring Futures Foundation shares the belief that people are the driving force behind the future of industry, echoing the ethos of MITO. Our commitment lies in providing everyone with the chance to thrive and succeed. Our goal is to ensure that all New Zealanders can pursue their aspirations and carve out fulfilling careers.

"We take great pride in investing in the nation's future through these scholarships, which are awarded to deserving individuals across Aotearoa. We’re excited to see the great things these recipients will achieve in the coming years. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients on this well-deserved achievement."

The 2024 scholarship recipients are as follows.

The MITO Business Skills scholarship is awarded to:

Abigail Mann - Drummond & Etheridge Ltd, Richmond

Angela Wolfe - Tasman Toyota, New Plymouth

Chris Bruin - Napier Port, Napier

Emma Dennison - Taylormade Motors Limited, Dunedin

Jack Miller - C3 Limited, Tauranga

Jeremy Cain - McMillan Drilling (N I) Limited, Auckland

Josh Ansell - Auckland Motors Mitsubishi, Auckland

Karl Archer - Team Hutchinson Ford, Christchurch

Kyle Symons - Mills Collision Repair Centre Ltd, Hamilton

Laura Dorreen - Go Bus Transport Ltd, Christchurch

Lisa DeSilver - Booths Logistics, Palmerston North

Logan Riley - Avon City Ford, Christchurch

Luke Brown - Penrose Motors Ltd, Auckland

Luke Busch - Avon City Ford, Christchurch

Manjinder Jassal - Booths Logistics, Palmerston North

Marie Shailer - Booths Logistics, Palmerston North

Melanee Bush - King Toyota, Lower Hutt

Michael O'Callaghan - Mobile Mechanical Solutions, Palmerston North

Michael Sands - Booths Logistics, Hastings

Mohammed Aziz - Terra Cat, Christchurch

Nathan Hayward - Winton Motorcycles, Winton

Nicolas Ekron - AB Equipment Ltd, Dunedin

Paul Roozendaal - Independent Stevedoring Ltd, Tauranga

Petra Savicova - C3 Limited, Tauranga

Savannah Oxnam - Foxpine Haulage Ltd, Palmerston North

Stephen Hunter - Hamilton Panel Works (1963) Ltd, Hamilton

Yirga Woldegabriale - Midas Hornby, Christchurch


The MITO Business Skills – Māori scholarship is awarded to:

Angeline Fraser - Terra Cat, Christchurch

Joseph Snowdon - Booths Logistics, Taupo

Joseph Waho - Booths Logistics, Palmerston North

Kadin Wihongi - Lockheed Martin New Zealand, Palmerston North

Wayne Newton - Truck Tech Solutions Limited, Auckland

William Walker - Booths Logistics, Palmerston North


The MITO Business Skills – Pacific People scholarship is awarded to:

Donald Raj - Go Bus Transport Ltd, Christchurch


The MITO Alumni Advanced Technical scholarship is awarded to:

Curtis Watkins - Scania NZ, Christchurch

David Stuart-Palmer - Bridge Motors Kaniere Ltd, Hokitika

Dennis Taui - Fulton Hogan Northland Ltd, Whangarei

Dexter Parkes - DC Equipment Ltd, Nelson

Flynn Higgins - Tractor Repairs & Spares Ltd, Seddon

Frederick Lezar - AB Equipment Ltd, Auckland

Jackson Winstone - Ashburton Contracting Ltd, Ashburton

James Wiggins - Brendon Foot Motors Limited, Lower Hutt

Janaka Liyanapathirana - Blackwell Motors Limited, Christchurch

Liam Gee - Drummond & Etheridge Ltd, Blenheim

Luke Busch - AB Equipment Ltd, Richmond

Prasad Horathalge - Hyundai NZ Dealership - Rotorua Hyundai, Rotorua

Richard Taylor - Nicholson United Autos, Rotorua


The MITO Alumni Advanced Technical – Māori scholarship is awarded to:

Hamana Wharerau - Autokraft Electrical and Diesel Limited, Palmerston North


The MITO Alumni Advanced Technical – Pacific People scholarship is awarded to:

Genesis Kilepoa - AB Equipment Ltd, Wellington


The MITO Alumni Electric Vehicle scholarship is awarded to:

Andre Galbraith - Euromarque, Christchurch

Clinton Van Pletzen - Rapid Radio, Auckland

Colin Wright - Truck Stops (NZ) Ltd, Lower Hutt

Daniel Blackwell - The Design Coach & Body Company Ltd, Christchurch

Duncan Robertson - Pacific Tourways Ltd, Christchurch

Gagandeep Sandhu - New Zealand Automotive Association, Auckland

Gareth Williams - Rangiora Mitsubishi, Rangiora

Liam Donnelly - Wynyard Street Motors Ltd, Auckland

Lily Henderson Tuapou - Transport Engineering Southland Ltd, Invercargill

Luke O'Shanassy - Mike Page European Ltd, Paraparaumu

Madeleine Robottom - RealNZ, Te Anau

Samuel Bridger - Wanganui Auto Electrical 2011 Ltd, Whanganui


The MITO Alumni Electric Vehicle - Māori scholarship is awarded to:

Jacob Stevenson - Queen Street Auto Limited, Upper Hutt

Sarah-Jane Taylor - GWD Russells Limited, Invercargill

Wiremu Ngaropo - Madcanix Limited, Kawakawa


The MITO Alumni Electric Vehicle – Pacific People scholarship is awarded to:

Levi Salesa - Subtech Performance Services Ltd, Auckland

Lucas Lilo - RealNZ, Te Anau


The Clyde Cunningham QSM Memorial scholarship (Hawke’s Bay region) is awarded to:

Lucy Johnson - Power Farming, Hastings


The Janet Lane MNZM scholarship is awarded to:

Matthew Greene - Dunedin City Motors, Dunedin


The Duncan “Sandy” Fraser Memorial scholarship (Wellington region) is awarded to:

James Matthewman - King Toyota, Lower Hutt