Transparency International New Zealand has established a scholarship in the name of our former Chair Suzanne Snively. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a female student undertaking an Honours or Masters by Thesis degree at Victoria University of Wellington. It is offered to support a student undertaking research related to transparency, integrity, accountability or anti-corruption in relation to governance.
Danika Hotham inaugural winner
Danika Hotham has been awarded the Suzanne Snively Scholarship for the academic year 2021-2022.
Danika grew up in Pāpāmoa Beach and is a graduate of the University of Otago where she studied Human Geography and Environmental Management. She has worked as a teaching assistant in a small high school in Tonga which encouraged her interest in global issues.
Following her degree she completed an internship at an NGO in Chengdu, China. This was a culturally enriching and intense experience which highlighted processes and impacts of different forms of governance, of information availability and of international relations.
“I am very interested in the ways that social processes, colonisation, corruption, and the way we structure society interact and lead to social and environmental outcomes such as the climate and ecological crises and many of the human rights issues we see today. I have a particular interest in the past, present and future of global institutions, and in processes of social change historically and presently.
These passions led me to become involved in a variety of community groups working and campaigning on issues of social and environmental justice throughout my time living in Ōtepoti (Dunedin), and have now led me to undertake my Master’s study”
She has just begun her Master of International Relations at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington). Here, she aims to cast an academic lens on these passions through looking at the past present and future of transparency within global institutions.