Aria Gardiner

Aria Gardiner

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Reimagining India Study Tour


Kia ora, my name is Aria Gardiner, and I am a 20-year-old wahine living in Wellington, originally from Waikanae on the Kāpiti Coast. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religious studies and Development Studies with a minor in Māori studies. I am incredibly passionate about these topics, and I love learning! 

I applied for this scholarship because it sounded like the most incredible opportunity to see diverse lived experiences incorporating relevant development and religious themes in person! I am excited to see how different communities work and live together under different cultures and religions and how they mesh and conflict with each other. I think learning from others is incredibly important; I love the principle of Ako, to teach and to learn, and I hope to use this throughout my life in whatever I do!

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    I have a confession to make. Dawn and I are not the best of friends,  In fact we rarely see eye to eye  – I love to sleep, you see  And this clashes with the sunrise, a time of day I often miss  – However today was different.  I woke up before her,  She was still…Continue…

  • The Colour of Joy

    I have always considered joy to be a warm yellow. The kind of yellow that catches the sunlight in the afternoon and glows so bright you have to look away.  I always thought of joy simply, I think. A yellow hue that feels both nostalgic and futuristic. ~ Today I saw joy in every colour…Continue…