Māori scholarships

Otago Polytechnic offers a range of scholarships for Māori students. These scholarships provide you with financial support - so that you can focus on your learning. 

1. Rūnaka Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the contribution students make to their rūnaka and the local community. It is offered to four students (one from each of the four local Rūnaka), for study in a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic. Full fees are paid for the duration of the study.

To be eligible:

  • You must already be registered with one of the four local R¯unaka:
  • You must meet the academic entry criteria for your chosen programme of study.
  • You must be a domestic student.
  • You must pass your academic studies each year with a minimum of 50%.
  • Your study must be continuous.
  • You must be enrolled in a full-time, full-year course.


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2. He Toki fees scholarship

If you’re an applicant who identifies as M¯aori and you are between 16-40 years old, you can apply for the M¯aori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) He Toki fees scholarship for support to study the Bridging certificate to engineering diploma  programme or the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry).

For more information about this scholarship:

Visit http://hetoki.co.nz
Phone 0800 438 654 
Email hetoki@tetapuae.co.nz


3. Mana Pounamu Scholarship

The purpose of this Scholarship is to celebrate Māori who have been nominated as recipients of Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Awards. It is offered to all senior/final year recipients of the Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Award. 



4. Mātāwaka Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Māori students who whakapapa outside the Kai Tahu rohe and are studying at Otago Polytechnic.

The scholarship covers one year of tuition fees. It has been developed between Otago Polytechnic and local Kai Tahu rūnaka.

To be eligible:
1. You must be of New Zealand Māori descent and not have whakapapa to Kāi Tahu.
2. You must meet the academic entry criteria for your chosen programme of study.
3. You must be a domestic student.
4. You must be enrolled in a full-time, full-year course at Otago Polytechnic.
5. You must live in the Otago region and study at one of the Otago campuses.

Please note: You will not be eligible to apply if you have previously received an Otago Polytechnic fees-paying scholarship.

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Find out more information about other scholarships offered by Otago Polytechnic.  


5. Māori Education Trust 

The Māori Education Trust Scholarship Programme is now open, and offers scholarships to secondary and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarships' criteria. There are undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available. 

Find out more information about our scholarships.  



6. GCSB Women in STEM scholarship

The Government Communications Security Bureau is offering up to 3 scholarships, each with a value of $10000. One scholarship will be dedicated to a Māori/Pasifika candidate.

Applications are open to female second-year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters students) intending to take a full-time course of study in science, technology, computer engineering, mathematics, data science and cyber security at any New Zealand tertiary institution.

Applications open 1 June.

Find out more about this scholarship.


7. Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship for Midwifery

Nga Maia Māori Midwives Aotearoa offers a scholarship to one successful applicant to the Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery each year.

Find out more about this scholarship. 



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Your iwi may also provide funding for tertiary education, it is worth looking at their websites as well.

Take a look at more scholarships and iwi funding on offer to Māori students at Otago Polytechnic.