Scholarships & Grants

Puutea Aawhina

There are a range of ways we aim to support your success by providing grants, scholarships and support for personal development opportunities. Explore the range of grants, subsidies, scholarship and health assistance opportunities currently available to tribal members.

All scholarships and grants require applicants to be a registered Waikato-Tainui tribal member, meet the criteria and accept the privacy policy and related declarations.


Tertiary Education Grant

Tertiary education (Levels 1 – 7) grants are available to registered iwi members pursuing higher education, whether it is at a university, technical institute, private training entity or waananga.

Tumate Mahuta Memorial Grant

Tertiary education (Levels 8 – 9) grants are available to registered iwi members pursuing higher education. Grant available for tribal members residing in New Zealand, enrolled in Honours, Post-Graduate or Master’s level NZQA accredited qualifications. 

Doctoral Grant

The Doctoral Grant is designed for post-graduate students pursuing NZQA Level 10 studies. Applicants can apply once per financial year for up to three years and are required to explain alignment of their research with the key priorities outlined in Whakatupuranga 2050, including Kiingitanga, Tribal Success, or Tribal Social and Economic Wellbeing.

Partnership Scholarships

The Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Study Partnership Scholarships are available to tribal members who have met the criteria for the tertiary grant. These Partnership Scholarships are funded by partners of Waikato-Tainui and are designed to support tribal members studying priority subjects, in addition to the general tertiary grant funding, across a range of priority fields of study.


Taiao Grant

The grant is awarded to projects that align to the Vision and Strategy for Waikato Awa and the objectives set out in the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan (Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao). Contestable fund to assist tribal members build capacity to practice Kaitiakitanga, to assist marae and tribal environmental practitioners in the planning and implementation of environmental aspirations.

Total contestable fund $1,000,000. Decision matrix based on Tai Timu Tai Pari Tai Ao Environmental Strategy, Marae endorsement, tribal reach, external funding and sustainability of project.

Tikanga Ora Reo Ora (TORO) Grant

Contestable fund available for Marae and/or Trust organisations affiliated to the 68 Waikato-Tainui Raupatu marae. Successful applications will enable tribal members and marae to build capacity in Te Reo Maaori me ngaa Tikanga.

Total contestable fund $155,000. Decision matrix based on Tikanga Ora Reo Ora Strategy, Marae endorsement, external funding and tribal reach.

Poukai Grant

Annual grant available for Poukai Marae to support the costs of Poukai. As an integral part of Kiingitanga beliefs and customs this particular grant is available (on an annual basis) to all marae that host Poukai. The grant can be used to assist in Poukai expenses. It does not however cover the purchase of fixed assets, wage or salaries.


Kaumaatua Grant

The Kaumaatua Grant is offered to tribal members registered to Waikato-Tainui who are over the age of 60 years. It provides relief and support in aged-related health costs. You can receive up to $1,000 per annum.

Sports Grant (NZ & AUS)

Grant to promote and foster healthy and active tribal members. Available to individual athletes, administrators and/or clubs. Any team application must meet eligibility criteria that 50% or more of its members are registered with Waikato-Tainui.

Auahaa Innovation Grant

Grant to support Whai Rawa aspirations of tribal members or marae for innovation and startup costs. Reporting at the completion of the kaupapa is required.

Paa Whakawairua Fund

The Paa Whakawairua Grant is specifically designed for Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Marae aimed at facilitating Oranga Marae Developments. This Grants provides co-funding for initiatives including Marae Development Plans, Feasibility studies and Major Capital Works with the primary objective to support the enhancement and sustainability of Marae infrastructure.

Annual Marae Grant

Annual disbursement approved annually to support Raupatu Marae in the maintenance and development of our marae. Applications available to Marae Trustee/Committee Chairs only.

Taura here Grant (NZ & AUS)

Grant to promote tribal membership groupings supporting tribal initiatives outside of the Rohe including but not limited to: Koroneihana, Waananga, etc.

Applications are available to identified Tauraahere Committees within Aotearoa and Australia.

Kia Haere Tuu Driver Licencing

Partnership programme with VTNZ, AA, PassRite, CDTNZ and Drive IQ providing tribal members with discounted rates for a range of licence classes and endorsements.

One grant available per member for each class/type of licence.

Receive 50% discount of the initial cost of a Class 1 Car Learners, Restricted and Full Licence. To take advantage of this offer, visit the nearest VTNZ or AA driver licence testing station.

Receive a 50% discount on Street Talk Defensive driving courses.
Available through CDTNZ & Drive IQ

Receive a 50% discount towards Truck Endorsement courses (Classes 2, 4 & 5) along with Forklift, Roller, Track & Wheels Endorsement courses and practical lessons.


Te Tomokanga Tool Grant

Participants of the Te Tomokanga programme can apply for a “tool kit” budget to support them on their pathway. Up to the value of $1,000 (including GST) can be awarded to support you as an apprentice to purchase relevant tools.