Grace Bridger

Grace Bridger

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America, Indigenous Rights & Histories in Brazil


Kia ora koutou! My name is Grace. I am a European New Zealander born in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, studying Law and Psychology at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato / The University of Waikato. I am one of fifteen lucky students travelling to Brazil as part of the PMSLA 2023 Indigenous Rights & Histories in Brazil Programme.

I am passionate about Ecological Law. My honours research has focused on developing legal solutions to environmental problems that draw on indigenous rights, knowledge and worldviews. I am particularly passionate about ecological justice for vulnerable communities. I hope to pursue these interests in postgrad research and/or a career in policy development.

I applied for this programme to enrich my understanding of different worldviews and knowledge systems and to develop a more global perspective on the challenges faced by indigenous peoples. I am most looking forward to learning from the indigenous peoples of Brazil and am so grateful for this incredible opportunity!

  • Iso in São Paulo

    Kia ora koutou, As many of my family and friends now know (and as the title of this blog suggests!), my first week in Brazil was thwarted by Covid-19. I was confined to a hotel room in São Paulo between Monday, Jan 23 and Sunday, Jan 29. But it wasn’t all bad. I had three…Continue…