Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$8000 p/a for each of the 4 years towards tuition and living costs

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2022

Applications for 2020 closed on 15 August 2019.

Length of award

Each scholarship recipient gets:
$8,000 a year for 4 years (the length of the degree) to help with tuition fees and living costs
a paid internship of between 4 to 10 weeks with an appropriate employer in the forestry sector.


Number of awards offered

4 for Maori and / or female students.

Purpose of award

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is offering 8 Forestry Scholarships in 2020 to:
develop skills in the forestry industry
encourage more Māori and women to work in the industry.
The scholarships are open to eligible students enrolling in either a:
Bachelor of Forestry Science – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi: Pūtaiao Uru Rākau, or
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi (Hōnoretanga): Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau.
Read about the forestry degrees – University of Canterbury website

Selection criteria

To apply for a scholarship, you must be:
either a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
begin study in the 2021 academic year
enrol in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering.
of Māori descent and/or female.
MPI employees can't apply for the scholarships. 
You may be able to enrol at another university for your first year, but will need to get that university's course approved by the University of Canterbury School of Forestry.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Supporting documents and information
Prepare the following information to support your application.

Cover letter that explains your:
interest in working in the forestry industry
leadership experience and/or how you have been involved in your community (such as through school, iwi, community, sporting, cultural or other activities)
wish to study forestry at university.
Testimonials or references (at least 2) – from your school, tertiary institution, kaumātua (Māori elders), iwi, community group, church, employer, or other suitable referee. Your referees can't be immediate family members.  
References should outline your referee's understanding of:
your plans to work in forestry in the future
how you have led and/or helped others in the community
your commitment to study forestry at university.
School results – NCEA summary (if you are a school leaver), school certificate, or equivalent.
Tertiary results – evidence of any university results to date and any qualifications achieved.
Evidence of NZ citizenship or permanent residency – a photocopy of your New Zealand passport or birth certificate or the permanent resident visa in your passport.
Evidence of Māori descent – if you are applying based on your Māori descent, the name and contact details of a person, such as a kaumātua, who can verify your whakapapa.

How do students apply?

Complete this application form [DOCX, 26 KB]
Submit the completed application form by emailing it to
Applications closed on 15 August 2020.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

If you are shortlisted:
you'll need to be available for a Skype interview in September
the person who can verify your whakapapa (if you applied on the basis of Māori descent) will need to be contactable by phone in September.
Who to contact

Decision makers

Scholarships are awarded based on applicants':
interest in building their career in the New Zealand forestry industry
potential leadership skills and/or past service to school, iwi or community, and involvement in sporting and cultural activities 
academic results
agreement to help develop and promote the New Zealand forestry industry (such as through school promotional visits and career days).

History or background of award

MPI is offering scholarships for Māori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.
E whakarato karahipi ana Te Manatū Ahu Matua ki ngā ākonga Māori, wahine rānei e uru ana ki te Tohu Paetahi Pūtaiao Uru Rākau i te Tohu Paetahi (Hōnoretanga) Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau rānei.

Additional information

Existing scholarship awardees will need to reapply each year. Continuation of their scholarship will depend on academic performance and their intention to complete the course. 

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Head Office
Ministry for Primary Industries
Ministry for Primary Industries, Pastoral House, 25 The Terrace, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
0800 00 83 33


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in August 2020.