John Waller Memorial Scholarships

We’re proud to partner with PwC to support a scholarship programme at the University of Canterbury in honour of former BNZ Board Chairman and PwC Managing Partner, John Waller.

A scholarship that prepares you for the future

Three scholarships are available annually to undergraduate students of Commerce, Science, or Law at the University of Canterbury. Each scholarship provides students with:

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Financial support

Scholarship recipients will receive $6,000 per annum for three years.

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An offer of mentorship from BNZ or PwC or both for the term of the scholarship.

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An offer of two paid summer internship opportunities - one with BNZ and one with PwC.

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Career opportunities

Consideration for an offer of employment with BNZ or PwC upon graduation.

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Application criteria

You'll need to be a New Zealand resident, in your final year of secondary school and be intending to study full time at the University of Canterbury to be eligible for the scholarship. 

To find out more and apply, visit


Remembering John Waller, 1952-2016

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John Waller, ONZM, FCA, was a respected businessman, director and insolvency expert. He grew up on the West Coast of the South Island, achieved a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, and lived in Auckland during his professional life. 

He joined the BNZ Board in 2008, and became Chairman soon afterwards. He also served on the National Australia Bank Board for eight years. He retired in 2016. As Chairman, he guided BNZ through the global financial crisis, and his judgement and experience at that time was invaluable.

John is remembered professionally for combining his strong personal values, brilliant mind, drive and leadership with commercial common sense. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the institute’s highest accolade. He was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours in 2016 for services to business and the community.

“John’s outstanding career was characterised by the exercise of a brilliant mind, achievement and influence, and he was passionate about helping young people to succeed,” says BNZ Chief Executive Anthony Healy. “We are really pleased to honour John’s values and professional legacy through a scholarship programme which recognises the significant contribution John made to New Zealand business.”