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Scholarships, grants and awards for Māori students

There are many scholarships, grants and awards available for Māori students, so it makes sense to do some research to find your best options. We can help you get started.

Who can I talk to about scholarship applications?

One female student works at a computer, while two other students stand talking nearby
Many scholarships are listed online

If you're at secondary school, ask your school career adviser about scholarships, including those specifically for Māori. Otherwise, you can contact the student support services or the Māori liaison at universities or polytechnics you're interested in.

You could also approach iwi organisations, which may have information about scholarships and funding opportunities for Māori.

What websites can I look at for scholarships?

Below are some of the main websites that list Māori scholarship information.

Hautahi Kingi

"Give it a go! A surprising number of the scholarships available don't have any applicants, because a lot of people think they haven't got a chance. A good way to find out about scholarships is the career adviser at school or the BreakOut database."

Hautahi Kingi, Scholarship Student

BreakOut database of scholarships

BreakOut is a searchable database of over 3,800 scholarships. You can enter in your details and the database will match you with possible scholarships you could apply for.

You can use BreakOut for free at:

  • about 240 secondary schools
  • most universities and many polytechnics
  • public libraries
  • some community centres.

Below are some BreakOut database Māori scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.

Canterbury DHB Māori Pacific Health Scholarship

Provider: He Oranga Pounamu

Website: http://www.hop.org.nz/?s=scholarships

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Annual Course Fee.

Closing date:

Applications closed 6 June.

Creative NZ - Manu Pirere Awards

Provider: Creative New Zealand

Website: http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded/find-funding-opportunities

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$4000.00 each.

Closing date:

Applications closed 28 March.

Haane Manahi Memorial Scholarships (Forestry, Trades and Farming)

Provider: Hulton Patchell Chartered Accountants

Website: http://www.ngatiwhakaue-eetb.org.nz/

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Total value of each scholarship will be up to $6,000.

Closing date:

2015 applications will be advertised in March 2015.

Hauraki Māori Trust Board Education Grants

Provider: Hauraki Maori Trust Board

Website: http://www.hauraki.iwi.nz/grants

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Assist with cost of tuition fees.

Closing date:

Applications closed 30 May.

Hiwinui Heke Māori Pharmacy Scholarship

Provider: PHARMAC

Website: http://www.pharmac.health.nz

Read more



Closing date:

Applications closed 15th August.