Explore the range of scholarship opportunities currently available to you 

Awarding scholarships to our tribal members is one of the significant ways we aim to support you gain the skills and arm you with the tools needed to keep striving to reach your full potential. Take a look at what scholarships are currently available or download the booklet here.

Important note: In order to apply you will need to login to the registry portal here.

If you are not yet registered and would like to apply then you must register. You can do so here.

Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Education Grant

Applications closed – 5 February 2021 at 5pm.

This grant is available to registered tribal members, residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution pursuing higher education, whether university, technical institute, a private training entity or waananga.

  • If whaanau want an update on their grant status, you can login to the Online Portal where you will be able to see your current status.
  • Any documentation requests will be via email, so it’s important your details are correct on the Online Portal.

Status Definitions;

  • NEW – we have received your application and its awaiting validation.
  • IN PROGRESS – your application has been validated and requires more information. Details would have been emailed to you on what documentation is required.
  • AWAITING BOARD APPROVAL – your application has been validated and will be tabled at Te Arataura for approval.

Whaanau can call the team on 0800 TAINUI or email [email protected] for more information.

Tumate Mahuta Memorial Scholarship

Applications closed – 5 February 2021 at 5pm.

This Scholarship is available to registered tribal members, residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution pursuing higher education, whether university, technical institute, a private training entity or waananga.

The application process will prompt applicants to upload these specific documents:

  • Confirmation of enrolment
  • Official name of qualification
  • List of course subjects
  • Certified invoice of your course costs
  • Start and finish date of course
  • Study type (full or part time)
  • Year of study
  • NZQA level of course
  • Previous year academic results transcript (only applicable if you have previously received a tertiary ed grant) Note: Applicants must have passed a minimum of 75% of the previous year’s courses to be eligible for further grants/scholarships
  • Current CV
  • Verified bank account details

Items 1-8 need to be on tertiary institution letterhead.

The maximum number of Tuumate Maahuta Memorial Scholarships a tribal member can be awarded is three (3) -at NZQA levels 8 and 9.

Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarships

Due all year round and applications close on the last day of the month.

Waikato-Tainui will provide registered tribal members who are doctoral students the opportunity to apply for funding for up to three years of their full-time doctoral programme. Students must be residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution to be eligible.

Given the nature of doctoral scholarships, applicants are required to illustrate a significant commitment to engaging with, and participating in Marae, Hapuu and Iwi community initiatives as a condition of their scholarship. This commitment must be reflected in the Personal Statement section of the application form.  Personal statements will be forwarded to the respective Marae committee for their information on request.

Applicants are only eligible for distributions for three years at full time doctoral level (or 6 years at part-time doctoral level)

Preference will be given to topics of study which are assessed as having relevance toward tribal objectives as set out in Whakatupuranga 2050. Topics should relate in some way to the four strategic objectives of W2050:

  • Kiingitanga
  • Tribal Success
  • Tribal Identity and Integrity
  • Tribal Social and Economic Wellbeing

Waikato-Tainui Partnership Scholarships

Applications closed – Friday, 30 April 2021

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. The following partnership scholarships are available for 2021:

  • The Waikato-Tainui and NZTA Kaapuia Ngaa Kaakaho Scholarship is available to tribal members who are enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study in Planning, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Science, Ecology, Archaeology, Te Reo Maori, Tikanga Maori and Toi.

Criteria and eligibility is as follows:

  • Applications will only be considered from Waikato-Tainui registered tribal members.
  • Partnership scholarships have an application closing date of 30th April 2021.
  • Applications must be completed in full and include confirmation of current enrolment, and verification of bank details if not already completed as part of an application within the 2021 Tertiary Grants round.
  • Decisions about application outcomes are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Successful applicants may be asked to participate in Waikato-Tainui tribal events or promotional activities. Successful applicants may also be asked to participate in events or promotional activities with the Waikato-Tainui scholarship partner.
  • Information about applicants will be made available to scholarship partners, and as a result, applicants may be invited by the scholarship partners to take part in initiatives such as internships, placements and/or work experience.
  • Sole discretion as to whether we accept or decline an application rests with us.