Good morning folks, and happy new year.

Wondering if anyone can help with suggestions or ideas for the daughter and son in law of Des O’Brien. I’ve known Des since 1983 and he has been a great supporter of things New Zealand over the years, and now I’d like to help his daughter Charlotte and son in law Lee.

Charlotte (originally from Connecticut) and her husband Lee McNeish (originally from Edinburgh) are moving to Wellington in February after being accepted to Victoria University.

Charlotte will study in the expedited graduate program and Lee is planning to begin doctoral research in the following year with Maori science fiction writers and artists as the genre pertains to future-orientated political and national projects.

Charlotte attended Edinburgh University and has lived there for the last six years. While there she received her Master of Arts and Master of Science by Research in social anthropology.

She specialized in political and legal anthropology with focuses on migration and human rights and through her studies, in particular while researching her MSc dissertation, developed an interest in the political process and a desire to engage with policy making that has driven her decision to study law at the graduate level.

The decision to study in New Zealand was motivated in part by her anthropological interests; as she says…..”New Zealand has a unique legal system and culture, and I believe many of its particular institutions and questions resonate beyond its borders. I hope in the coming year to undertake an internship with the Waitangi Tribunal and, further down the line, work with the Maori Land Courts before continuing studies in international law. I also believe that the Land Courts hold broader applications for similar legal circumstances in other countries, and I am confident this experience would be beneficial in an international context.”

This is a major move for both these young people and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions or ideas for grants/scholarships and introductions to academics in the Wellington area. If so, please reply directly to Charlotte at

Thanks and regards

Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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