Scholarship Trust

Overview

In 1998 MotorSport New Zealand Inc established a Charitable Trust "The Prodrive Trust" and charged it with sourcing funds and managing the Prodrive Road Safety Initiative Programme along with establishing scholarships for young and talented members of motorsport.

In October / November 2003 the Trust was split into two separate Trusts [The Prodrive Driver Education Trust and The MotorSport New Zealand Scholarship Trust].

On 17th December 2007 Charities Commission formally registered The MotorSport New Zealand Scholarship Trust [also known by MotorSport NZ Scholarship Trust] as a charitable entity.

Governance of the Trust is provided by; Wayne Christie - Chairman of Trustees, Tony Herbert, Bob McMurray, David Turner and Lyall Williamson as trustees.

Note: The Prodrive Driver Education Trust ceased to operate in December 2007 as it could no longer gather sufficient funds to continue its operation. Its programme of in schools driver education has continued under the guidance of a new entity outside of MotorSport NZ called "The Pro active Drive Youth Driver Education Trust".

Trust objectives include:

  • To identify, encourage and foster motorsport talent within New Zealand.
  • To identify elite competitors and assist with their development.
  • To establish a Motorsport Technicians apprenticeship scheme that is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • To administer the Presidents Scholarship programme.

Trust Funding

Seeding capital was provided by MotorSport New Zealand. Since that initial capital influx the Trust has gained funds from MotorSport NZ: SPARC: TAB motorsport betting proceeds; Rally of New Zealand; The MotorSport Company; Drinkrow family: Giltrap Group; Fujitsu General NZ Ltd and the Southern Trust. The Trust continues to seek further funds so it can expand its services.

If you can assist with funds or would like more information on any matters regarding the Trust or potential funding then please contact:
Brian Budd
Phone | 04 815 8087
Email | brian@motorsport.org.nz

Current Projects

Elite MotorSport Academy

Refer to the Elite MotorSport Academy section for details.

The Presidents High Performance Scholarship

In 2010 The Presidents Scholarship was revised to give more flexibility on the type of support that the Trust could provide and better reflect the needs of our Elite competitors for those resident in new Zealand or based offshore.

The level of financial support was also increased. It was also decided that for any selected Rally Driver, provided there was a codriver of long standing as part of that team combination, then a suitable support package would be provided for the codriver as well.

 

Recipients: 2010

Hayden Paddon, Geraldine

John Kennard, Blenheim

Mitchell Evans, Auckland

Richie Stanaway, Tauranga

 

FIA Young Driver Development Programme

In 2010 the Trust was engaged by the MotorSport NZ Executive to develop a paper on integrating the FIA Young Driver Safety Initiatives into a new Competency based Competition driver licensing programme. This work continues.

This scholarship was established in 2006 from an idea to best utilise the skills of world recognised NZ Neuroscientist Dr Kerry Spackman. In the years since recipients have received assistance from some of New Zealand's leading sports psychologists and other sports professionals all aimed at developing higher skill levels in our elite competitors.

 

Coaching

On behalf of MotorSport NZ the Trust has researched methodology into how coaching can be introduced across the wider motorsport disciplines. A paper on coaching was submitted to the MotorSport NZ Executive in November 2008.

Since accepting the main recommendations of that paper the Trust in 2009 ran a pilot Rally Codrivers Collegiate for nine codrivers and further collegiates are planned.

The Trust has been engaged by the MotorSport NZ Executive to develop a paper on integrating the FIA Young Driver Safety Initiatives with the coaching programmes foreseen in the November 2008 coaching paper. This work continues.

Past Projects

The President's Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 from an idea to best utilise the skills of world recognised NZ Neuroscientist Dr Kerry Spackman.  In the years since, recipients have received assistance from some of New Zealand's leading sports psychologists and other sports professionals all aimed at developing higher skill levels in our elite competitors.

Recipients:

2009

Earl Bamber, Wanganui;

Mark Tapper, Auckland;

Hayden Paddon, Geraldine.

2008

Jonathan Lester, Taupo;

Jason Richards, Melbourne;

Jonny Reid, Auckland.

2007

John McIntyre, Nelson;

Sam MacNeill, Palmerston North;

Jonny Reid, Auckland;

Kayne Scott, Hamilton.

2006

Fabian Coulthard, Auckland;

Daniel Gaunt, Auckland;

Shane Van Gisbergen, Auckland.

Given the introduction of the President's High Performance Scholarship in 2010 this programme has been withdrawn.

 

The Bruce McLaren Scholarship

Announced in 2000 this scholarship was established with the aims of providing a package to one of the sport's young motor racing achievers that would give both an insight into offshore professional motorsport organisations and broaden horizons.

Recipients:

2004

Nelson Hartley, Palmerston North

2003

Chris Pither, Palmerston North

2002

Fabian Coulthard, Auckland

2001

James Cressey, Auckland

Note: No further awards made since 2004, due to the change in emphasis with the establishment of the Elite Academy and President's Scholarship.


The Race Technician's Scholarship

Established in 2003 this scholarship was directed at providing either work experience with a race team offshore or an advanced technical education training assistance package to a race technician who was already exhibiting initiative and skills in the New Zealand motor racing fraternity.

Recipients:

2004

Adam Wigg, Auckland

2003

Sheldon Currington, Wellington.

Note: No further awards made since 2004 due to the change in emphasis towards the establishment of a Motorsport Technician's Apprenticeship Programme.
 

Motorsport Technician's Apprenticeship

Late in 2004 the Trust commenced discussions with MITO (Motor Industry Training Organisation) to facilitate the introduction of a full range of unit standards that would ultimately create a new apprenticeship programme specifically to recognise the wide range of skills needed by those race and rally team personnel striving for excellence in vehicle build and preparation.

The process of developing appropriate unit standards was left to a subcommittee appointed jointly by MITO and the Trust.

In 2007 the unit standards were completed by MITO and passed over to NZQA for ratification.

Since that time work continued in preparing the wide diversity of lesson plans, however, in the time since commencing the discussions to the establishment of the NZQA standards the automotive industry and particularly the motorsport focused workshops have altered to the point that makes a stand alone qualification difficult to introduce as it currently would not be economically viable. Therefore the project has been put on hold.