Kauri Museum Mervyn Sterling Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 December 2022

1 December at 5pm (annually)

Length of award

One year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To encourage undergraduate study and applied research in New Zealand in the fields of environmental conservation, ecology, natural heritage and Northland history (especially Otamatea County).

Selection criteria

Any person with strong affiliations with the old Otamatea County area will be eligible, providing they are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and subject to approval by the Selection Committee.

Please note that applicants should meet ONE of the following criteria:
1. their family residence is in the Otamatea County area
2. they have a historic family connection to the Otamatea County area
3. they have worked and/or studied for a reasonable time in the Otamatea County area.

Evidence of the connections with the area must be provided with the application.

NB: In 1997 the Otamatea County Council and Hobson County amalgamated to become Kaipara District Council. The old boundaries were Tokatoka in the west to Mangawhai in the east and included Ruawai, Matakohe, Paparoa, Tinopai, Huketere, Ararua, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Every scholar shall furnish to the Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara such reports (if any) as the Selection Committee may require.

How do students apply?

Candidates should complete an application using the Universities NZ online application form:
Online Application Form
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Decisions are made around February/March and applicants will be notified by phone or email.

Decision makers

The scholarships are made on the recommendation of a Selection Committee whose membership includes the Convenor of the Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara Scholarships Committee and the Chairperson of the Otamatea Kauri and Pioneer Museum Trust Board, or their nominees.

History or background of award

The Kauri Museum Mervyn Sterling Memorial Scholarships are offered by the Otamatea Kauri and Pioneer Museum Trust Board.

Additional information

The scholarship shall be tenable with any other available scholarship, bursary or award, provided that the rules of the other award allow this.

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

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara
PO Box 11915, Wellington 6142
+64 4 381 8510


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 December 2020.