Māori Scholarships

Below are brief descriptions as well as links to more detailed information about a number of health-related scholarships available to Māori.

Hauora Māori Scholarship


Applications are now open for health scholarships designed to provide opportunities for Māori in the health and disability sectors.


There are 11 scholarship categories and three special award categories: The Excellence Award, John McLeod Award and Te Apa Māreikura Award. The scholarships and awards range in value from $1,000 to $10,000 each.


Health Workforce NZ and Whanganui District Health Board are working together to provide training support/opportunities for Māori in the non-regulated workforce.  


The training fund supports the non-regulated workforce to attain certificates, diplomas and graduate diplomas and the levels of training range from Levels 2 to 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework. There are criteria and requirements for all applications to do Level 7 training. The outcome of these applications will be determined by HWNZ.


To be eligible for this funding you must:

  • be of Māori descent
  • be currently employed by a DHB health and disability service funded by the Whanganui District Health Board or the Ministry of Health
  • demonstrate a commitment to and or competence in Māori Health and well being studies
  • be a New Zealand Citizen or hold a New Zealand residency permit as conferred by the New Zealand Immigration Service
  • have support by their current employer to undertake and complete the qualification(s)
  • meet the entry criteria required by the training provider
  • relevance of this course of study to your career aspirations; and
  • relevance of your academic plan to assist you achieving your career aspirations. 

​This fund excludes applicants who:


  • already receive funding from the Ministry of Health for the same training programme
  • who are studying in a program not approved by NZQA
  • who are already in a sponsored study programme
    who are studying for degrees or masters programmes. 


For further information and application form please contact:


Kylee Osborne

Kaitakitaki - Māori Workforce Development
Te Hau Ranga Ora, Whanganui District Health Board
06 3481234 ext 7219
021 928 712


Maori Education Trust

For Maori Education Trust Scholarship information visit www.maorieducation.org.nz

Te Mana O Te Awa Scholarships

Te Mana o Te Awa Scholarships aim to grow the collective expertise of Whanganui Iwi to contribute to and enhance the health and well-being of the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi.

These scholarships have been established to assist uri of Whanganui Iwi to excel in priority fields of study in order to contribute to the technical, scientific, policy, legal, governance and administrative capacity of the tribe in upholding Te Mana o Te Awa. Ultimately, it is intended that Scholarship recipients will contribute to the health and well-being of both the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi.

For more information about these scholarships, visit www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz


Ngā Karahipi o Te Rau Matatini (Scholarships)

Te Rau Matatini is pleased to offer the Scholarships Programme 2015 funded by Health Workforce New Zealand that includes:


Hoe Tahi – Alcohol and Addictions (AOD) Scholarships

40 scholarships of $5,000 awarded to successful applicants for the pursuit of studies in the field of Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions.

Henry Rongomau Bennett Scholarship

15 scholarships of $5,000 awarded to successful Māori applicants for pursuit of studies in specified fields of health.

You can find more information on how to apply for a scholarship on the Te Rau Matatini website.

Te Manawanui Pauro Memorial Scholarship

Te Manawanui Pauro of Nga Paerangi worked alongside other Kuia and Koroheke in the establishment of Te Oranganui in the early 1990’s. Kui Nui, as she is fondly remembered, gave Te Oranganui the whakatauaki that has guided the organisation since its inception.



Te Oranganui launched this scholarship in recognition of Kui Nui’s vision and to assist in the building of General Practice capability amongst Uri of Ngāti Apa, Ngaa Rauru and Whanganui.

The Te Manawanui Pauro Memorial scholarship will assist a descendent of Ngāti Apa, Ngaa Rauru or Whanganui studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBChB). This scholarship is designed to provide financial support to a descendent of Te Oranganui’s Iwi stakeholders in an effort to build General Practice capability. Over time it is hoped the recipient will return to support general practice services within the Te Oranganui rohe.

You will find further information on how to apply for a scholarship on the Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority website.

Te Rau Puawai – Māori Mental Health Scholarship

Massey University Te Rau Puawai applications for the 2020 academic year are now open.

Māori Scholarships available at Otago University

R.E.A.C.H (REACH): Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health

This is a scholarship for Year 13 Māori secondary students interested in a career in health.
The REACH Scholarship provides a fully funded opportunity for Year 13 Māori students to spend three nights and two full days on the Otago University campus exploring health science degree options.

Tū Kahika

This is a scholarship for young Māori students who aspire to study toward a career in health.

Tū Kahika students are supported into and through a one year academic course to prepare for further tertiary study the following year in either Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) or other health-related programmes. Tū Kahika students are guaranteed subsidised accommodation in an Otago University residential college. (Arana or Studholme).

Students: visit www.otago.ac.nz/mhwdu then click on the Te Ara Hauora link to get directed to the application information.