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Iwi study scholarships worth $80,000

THE closing date is approaching for an iwi-led scholarship programme offering Tairāwhiti iwi members $80,000 in study grants.

The Maru Whakatipua scholarship programme is a joint initiative of Tairāwhiti Iwi, the Māori Educational Relationships Fund and the Ministry of Education Scholarship and Awards team.

Maru Whakatipua is a collective of Toitu Tairāwhiti Iwi ( Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, and Ngai Tāmanuhiri) and Te Aitanga a Hauiti.

The aim of the programme is to grow the supply of Māori-medium teachers across Tairāwhiti and to maintain iwi-oriented, quality and grounded Māori-medium education delivery within the rohe (region).

“The Maru Whakatipua Scholarships programme is one of a suite of initiatives that Toitu Tairāwhiti is implementing to support and grow Maori education delivery within Tairawhiti and to improve Maori student achievement and success,” project lead Amohaere Houkamau said.

Scholarship administrator Te Riu Raihania said she had been heartened by the level of interest so far.

“I encourage iwi members to apply.”

Seventeen grants and awards, valued at $80,000 in total, are available in the 2022 programme.

Five $10,000 teacher training scholarships are available to iwi members enrolled in an undergraduate teacher training course.

Ten $2000 study grants are available to iwi members who are MME Kaiako (Māori medium education teacher) employed within Te Tairāwhiti and enrolled in further education study programmes.

Two $5000 professional leadership grants are available to current MME kaiako employed within Te Tairāwhiti who are enrolled in postgraduate study programmes.

To be eligible for the grants, a person needs to be a member of one of the Tairāwhiti iwi, residing in New Zealand and enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution for 2022.

Iwi will give preference to applicants who have achieved strong academic results to date; and/or are contending with extra-ordinary financial hardship; and/or have a history of involvement with affiliated hapū/iwi and/or intentions of future contribution to Tairāwhiti.

Interested applicants can email, maruwhakatipua.tairawhiti@gmail.com for more information.

Applications close on January 31.