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Kā Pūtea Scholarships

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Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 April 2020

Kā Pūtea Scholarship applications open on the 2 March and close on the 30 April 2020

Length of award

One Year.

Number of awards offered

A total of 100 Nhgāi Tahu Kā Pūtea Scholarships.

Purpose of award

Scholarships are awarded to Ngäi Tahu students who are achieving academically at the tertiary level, are active in whänau, hapū or related iwi activities and events and submit a quality presentation.

Selection criteria

Registered Ngāi Tahu iwi members who are currently formally enrolled and studying towards an NZQA recognised tertiary qualification are eligible to submit an application to the Scholarship selection panel.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Supporting documentation (transcripts etc.) must be verified copies or originals. Where originals are submitted, the administrator will return these if requested at the time of application. The applicant is solely responsible for providing correct and timely information and relevant documentation. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.

How do students apply?

To apply for any of our grants or scholarships you will need your six-digit whakapapa number and your password is your 4 digit PIN. If you’re unsure of either please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or follow this link to find your registration number.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Scholarship applications are processed by mid-May each year with the successful recipients being informed by the end of May. Successful Papatipu Rūnanga recipients are informed as soon as each rūnanga makes the decision known to the administrator (between June and mid-November).

Decision makers

Where applications are incomplete, all efforts are made to follow-up in order to obtain the missing information before the cut-off date. Where this is not possible the incomplete application will not be processed. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that correct information and relevant documentation is submitted as per the instructions on the application form.

History or background of award

The Kā Pūtea Scholarships are available to all registered Ngāi Tahu iwi members who are currently enrolled in NZQA Tertiary level study or International equivalent.

Additional information

Undergraduate Targeted Scholarships (Certificate to Level 7)
There are 58 scholarships available based on academic achievement
Post-Graduate Scholarships (Level 8 – Level 10)
There are 24 scholarships available based on academic achievement
Exceptional Scholarships
Exceptional scholarships are discretionary in nature and are assessed on a case by case basis
Papatipu Rūnanga Scholarships (18 available)
Applicants must indicate on their application form which rūnanga they wish their application to be considered by. Applicants must be able to affiliate to the rūnanga they identify.
The scholarship selections will be made by the end of May 2019 and successful applicants will be awarded their monies in July 2019.

All applicants not awarded a scholarship will have their applications forwarded on to their papatipu rūnanga for assessment. Each papatipu are responsible for deciding how may applications to approve. In the event that more than one applicant is chosen, the rūnanga decides the distribution from the total available to it.

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

Kylie-Maria Solomon
Ngai Tahu Fund Programme Leader
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
PO Box 13 046, Christchurch 8141
0800 524 8248


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 March 2020.