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.


Tumate Mahuta Memorial Grant

Scholarship available for tribal members residing in New Zealand, enrolled in Honours, Post-Graduate or Master’s level NZQA accredited qualifications. Levels 8 – 9.

Doctoral Scholarship

Postgraduate scholarships are available to assist registered iwi members pursuing postgraduate study at doctorate level. This scholarship is available all year round.

Tertiary Education Grant

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

Partnership Scholarships

In collaboration with our partners, we have established partnership scholarships as part of our ongoing relationships to achieve Whakatupuranga 2050.  Partnership Scholarships have a core objective – to support and promote ongoing educational opportunities to suitable Waikato-Tainui tribal members, with a focus on priority pathways.  Certain partnership scholarships are available each year in conjunction with our tertiary rounds.


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.

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 $200,000.00 Decision matrix based on Tikanga Ora Reo Ora Strategy, Marae endorsement, external funding and tribal reach.

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 $1,000,000.00 Decision matrix based on Tai Timu Tai Pari Tai Ao Environmental Strategy, Marae endorsement, tribal reach, external funding and sustainability of project.


Amohia Ake Grant

Grant to support community, marae and hapuu driven initiatives that aim to prevent financial, cultural or social hardship during COVID-19 lockdown periods. Initiatives are assessed on a case by case basis and may require confirmation that other funding is not available through other means (government, NGO related services).

Decision matrix includes Marae endorsement, tribal reach, external funding and sustainability of project.

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.

Kia Haere Tuu Driver Licensing

Partnership programme with VTNZ, AA and PassRite providing tribal members with discounted rates for a range of license classes and endorsements. One grant available per member for each class/type of license.
Does not cover re-sits or license renewals.

This provides a 50% discount off the full cost of a Class 1 car learners, restricted or full licence test.

It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215).

50% discount towards a truck driver licence course (classes 2, 4, 5) along with forklift, roller, tracks & wheels endorsement course.

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.

Paa Whakawairua Fund

  • Maximum for Stage Three Builds 20% of total budget
  • One per financial year
  • Must have clear alignment to MDP aspirations

Decision matrix aligns to Paa Whakawairua Fund Process and support from Project Teams.

Sports Grant (NZ & AUS)

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

Tauraahere 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.


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.