Opportunities

The Ngāi Tahu Institute exists to grow and develop Ngāi Tahu leaders who are culturally able, well connected to their Ngāi Tahu community and outstanding performers in their chosen field. Take a look at the following programmes and opportunities which are divided into the following areas: Te Kākano, Te Pihinga, Te Kōhure.

Te Kākano: Tamariki and Rangatahi

Tahua Taunaki Akonga- Learner Support Fund

The key role and function of the Tahua Taunaki Akonga – Learner Support programme is to provide funding to enable whānau to access personalised tuition to support their tamariki (children) and further their progress at school.

Tahua Taunaki Akonga (formerly Out of School Tuition) was initiated by the Ngāi Tahu Trust Board in 1994. The initial incarnation of the programme provided after school maths tuition and was operated in Christchurch and Dunedin. By 1996, the project was expanded to include reading.

Key Information

Tuition funding is available to all tamariki and rangatahi who meet the following criteria:

  • Registered with Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu;
  • Attending school*; and
  • Aged between 5 and 18

* Must be enrolled at a New Zealand Primary or Secondary school, OR be in a Ministry of Education approved New Zealand Home School Programme OR be enrolled through the Correspondence school and be a resident in New Zealand.

Each tamaiti/rangatahi is limited to $450 in any financial year (approximately one term/ 10 tuition sessions).

Download the Tahua Taunaki Akonga application form or if you have any queries please contact the Mātauranga team at matauranga@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

Manawa Hou

Manawa-HouManawa Hou is a 4 day ‘your space in our place’ hīkoi that takes rangatahi around various rohe and marae in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā. Manawa Hou has a strong emphasis on Ngāitahutanga and rangatahi engagement with our communities, and specifically focuses on: mahi (service), te reo me tikanga (language and culture), mahinga kai (resource and land use), korikori tīnana (fitness and health), rika wera rika kaha (kitchen work), tuakana/teina (tautoko through older mentors).

The hīkoi is hosted by Papatipu Rūnanga, and led by a group of tuakana facilitators, who are supported by manawhenua, kaumātua and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu staff.

Manawa Hou has been modeled on the renowned ‘bus trips’ that were run by Ngāi Tahu Development Corp in the early 1990s.

 

Key Information

Manawa Hou is open to those who are 15 – 18 years old. Up to three Manawa Hou programmes run per year during the school holidays.

For more information visit: Manawa hou.

To enquire about Manawa Hou dates and locations, or to register your/your whānau interest, please email donelle.manihera@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Te Ara Whakatipu

TAW LogoEach September we invite 14 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi between the ages of 15-18 to join us on a unique hīkoi through Whakatipu Waitai/The Hollyford Valley, and into Martins Bay. This seven day adventure is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their:

  • Connection to Ngāi Tahutanga
  • Connection to the natural environment
  • Connection to self (self-identity/leadership/values).

It features a 21km walk (each way), kōrero from Ngāi Tahu leaders, outdoor bush skills, Te Reo Māori, waiata/haka, whanaungatanga and learning in a remote area of significant cultural value and absolute beauty.

The on-course costs for this hīkoi are entirely covered by Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu, meaning the only associated cost for whānau is transport to the hīkoi start point (Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu).

Key Information

The Te Ara Whakatipu hīkoi runs every year, during the first week of Term Three holidays, Late September – early October.
We welcome applications from rangatahi who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu
  • 15 – 18 years of age
  • Fit and capable of safely hiking 21km (six hours+) with a pack
  • Have a passion for learning about their Ngāi Tahutanga

Visit Te Ara Whakatipu for more information or to enquire about dates and locations, or to register your/your whānau members interest, please email manawahou@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Te Pihinga: Young Adults

Kā Pūtea Tertiary Grants & Scholarships

TRONT200Ngāi Tahu offer two types of funding which support our whānau who are studying.

  • Kā Pūtea Grants are available to registered Ngāi Tahu tertiary students. The value and criteria for each year can be found at Kā Pūtea Grants
  • Kā Pūtea Scholarships. Please note these have closed for 2017.

Key Information

To be eligible for Kā Pūtea grants or scholarships, you must be a registered Ngāi Tahu iwi member, enrolled in NZQA recognised tertiary study or equivalent.

For further information on scholarships please contact the mātauranga team at matauranga@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

He Oranga Pounamu Scholarship for whānau studying health

Administered by He Oranga Pounamu on behalf of the CDHB, these scholarships are available for an academic year (January – December) and were established to financially assist students of Māori and Pacific Island descent studying in health- related subject at a tertiary institution.

The scholarship provides opportunities towards good leadership at all levels, as an integral pathway for positive change in health and wellbeing for our future Māori and Pacific pathways.

Key Information

  • Students must be studying a health related, NZQA accredited course, of at least 12 weeks duration; and/or
    • Have whakapapa and cultural links with Māori communities
    • Have genealogical and cultural links with Pacific communities
    • Be planning to work in the Canterbury district
  • For students studying at a Christchurch tertiary institute, although Year 3 medical students intending to come to Christchurch for years 4 and 5 will be considered.
  • Applications close at the start of June every year
  • Application form and more information available from the website: www.hop.org.nz development
  • Point of contact for the scholarship programme is Vania Pirini Vania.Pirini@hop.org.nz

Aoraki Bound

Aoraki-BoundAoraki Bound, our cultural and personal development programme, was launched in 2006. The course was born from a partnership between Ngāi Tahu and Outward Bound, who worked together to create a world-first, 20-day hīkoi which fuses Ngāi Tahu knowledge, history, reo and values with Outward Bound adventure and experience.

Aoraki Bound builds leadership, cultural awareness and personal development.

Students spend 10 days at the Outward Bound facility at Anakiwa (Queen Charlotte Sound) and 10 days on a hīkoi (journey) from Anakiwa to the base of Aoraki.

Key Information

Aoraki Bound is open to all New Zealanders, aged 20 years and over. Grants are available to assist Ngāi Tahu whānui on to this programme of self-discovery.

There are two courses per year, February 2-21st and March 2–21st.

If you or your whānau are interested, we advise giving us a call on 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248).

Alternatively request an information pack/application form via email: aoraki.bound@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

See the website for more information: www.aorakibound.co.nz

Ball Pass

Ball-PassThis is an incredible opportunity to experience the Ball Pass Crossing – a four day hīkoi through a high mountain pass in Aoraki National Park, with views of Aoraki, Ka Tiritiri o Te Moana, and Hilary Ridge.

The Ball Pass trip came about when Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, from Alpine Recreation, attended the pilot Aoraki Bound hākari in 2006. After hearing the kaupapa of Aoraki Bound, the stories of the students, and learning about the relationship Ngāi Tahu have with Aoraki, Gottlieb kindly offered four places a year on the Ball Pass trip. He wanted to hear our stories and listen to our connection to Aoraki, while sharing the experience of the Ball Pass Crossing.

Unfortunately Gottlieb died in 2008, on the mountains he loved so much. Today his wife, Anne Braun-Elwert, owner of Alpine Recreation, generously maintains the offer and continues this relationship.

Key Information

You must be VERY fit, co-ordinated and sure footed to partake in the Ball Pass hīkoi. It is harder than all the great walks, consists of uneven and incredibly steep terrain and includes a 10 hour day.

This hīkoi has space for 4 Ngāi Tahu people per year, with priority given to those who have completed the Aoraki Bound programme.
Applications are welcomed until the end February. Successful participants are enrolled in March, for the hīkoi mid-end April.

Please express your interest by emailing donelle.manihera@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Ngāi Tahu Internship

Developed in 2015, this exciting new opportunity provides Ngāi Tahu Rangatahi with experience across a range of business areas within Te Rūnanga Group. Annually there are two internships on offer, both for a period of two years full-time.

We are inviting you to come and learn, challenge yourself, and most importantly – strengthen your Ngāitahutanga – all with plenty of help and support from us!

At the end of two years we aim to provide an opportunity to secure a role within the Group or depending on your passion and interest, we would provide guidance and financial support to develop your skills further through tertiary study.

In addition, you will take part in a program of targeted cultural development. For us, this is about igniting a passion for more young Ngāi Tahu to further their education or to immerse themselves in specific areas across Te Rūnanga Group.

The internships are for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi who have a have a passion to work for the iwi, who can show energy and commitment, have a desire to learn and succeed. You may have recently left school or are maybe taking a gap year from University.

Key information

Expressions of interest are taken during the year and applications will be called for in June/July for the following year. For further information please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248) or email nicole.bowden@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

Matakahi Scholarship

Matakahi-ScholarshipsThe Matakahi Scholarship programme creates opportunities to grow and develop young Ngāi Tahu now and for the future.

The Matakahi Cadetship programme is supported by Ngāi Tahu Holdings and allows participants to understand in depth Ngāi Tahu Holding’s commercial aspirations along with the need for value-based stewardship of the tribe’s assets.

Advantages of this scholarship include: a significant pūtea to cover part of the tuition fees; guided work placement; mentoring and opportunities for cultural involvement to strengthen your cultural knowledge and ties to Papatipu Rūnanga. (Includes attendance on Aoraki Bound, Hui-ā-tau, Noho Marae, tribal induction programmes and more).

The Matakahi scholarships are for Ngāi Tahu students studying for a commercially focused tertiary qualification.

Key Information

Applications are taken annually in February. Follow this link for further information, and to register your interest please go to: Matakahi Scholarships

Aurecon Cadetship

aureconFollowing the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, Aurecon and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu joined forces to offer a number of technical cadetships which allow Ngāi Tahu whānau to become professional drafts people and technicians.

The programme is based in Christchurch and offers an ‘earn while you learn’ approach including employment, relevant training, CPIT qualifications, paid course fees and support. Beyond this, Ngāi Tahu will also offer support to help you develop your cultural identity, including: attendance on Aoraki Bound, hīkoi opportunities, Hui-ā-tau, Noho Marae, tribal induction, and more.

As an employee of Aurecon, you will be based in the Aurecon Christchurch Office. There are one or two cadetships on offer each year, open for young Ngāi Tahu who are keen to learn, display a positive attitude, are passionate about the industry and want to be part of a team helping to rebuild Christchurch.

Key Information

Expressions of interest are taken during the year and applications will be called for in September for the following year. For further information please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248), or email nicole.bowden@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

Beca Scholarship

Ngāi Tahu and Beca have formed a partnership, resulting in a new and exciting one-year scholarship opportunity. Our goal is to provide learning support and career opportunities for Ngāi Tahu whānau who are currently studying engineering, architecture, planning, resource management, landscape and urban design, environmental or other related fields.

Following this experience, scholars may go on to the Beca Cadetship and/or will be better placed to assist whānau in their marae development projects, infrastructure projects and environmental related outcomes.

Advantages of this scholarship include: a significant pūtea to cover part of the tuition fees; guided work placement at Beca; mentoring and opportunities for cultural involvement to strengthen your cultural knowledge and ties to Papatipu Rūnanga; including: attendance on Aoraki Bound, Hui-ā-tau, Noho Marae, tribal induction, and more.

We are looking for motivated individuals who fit a lot of varied work into their lives and have determination and enthusiasm. You will also need to be highly motivated and give examples of your engagement and initiative.

Key information

Expressions of interest are taken during the year and applications will be called for in October for the following year. For further information please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248), or email nicole.bowden@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

Whenua Kura

whenua-kuraWhenua Kura is a partnership between Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University, which seeks to grow Māori leadership in agriculture.

This iwi-led initiative includes: a full-fee scholarship for Lincoln University qualifications; specialised land-based studies; work placements on Ngāi Tahu farms; a Māori approach to learning, and guidance and support.

Key Information

There are two types of Whenua Kura qualifications on offer:

  • Dairy Cohort – Level 3, Certificate in Farming (Dairy) which is a Dairy specific cohort which starts in June 2015. This is a one year programme (37 Weeks) based on Ngāi Tahu Farms.
  • Leadership Cohort – Level 5, Diploma in Agriculture which is a mixed disciplined cohort which starts Feb/March 2015. This is a one year programme based at Lincoln University with Cadetship placement on Ngāi Tahu Farms.

The Whenua kura programme is based in Christchurch, and is open to all Māori aged 18 to 34 years.

For more information, please see www.whenuakura.co.nz or call Renata Hakiwa on 021 942093 or email Renata.Hakiwai@tetapuae.co.nz

Te Kōhure: Adults

First Nations’ Futures

fnfpTe Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in conjunction with the University of Canterbury’s Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University of Otago is pleased to announce the First Nations’ Futures Programme (FNFP).

The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivalled opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. The programme has a strong theoretical basis with an emphasis on indigenous economies, science and environmental management.

The course is designed to take our best scholars who have a record of Ngāi Tahu community participation and expose them to new development theories that they may to choose to implement within their communities and whānau.

The First Nations’ Futures Programme is an international alliance between Ngāi Tahu, the Kamehameha Schools in Hawai’i and Stanford University. Further participating institutions are Sea Alaska, the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.

Key Information

The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November every year. The closing date for expressions of interest is 19 May, 2017.

This programme is designed for ambitious Ngāi Tahu with established long term community relationships and a solid cultural background.

It is also open to Ngāi Tahu undergraduate students who intend further academic study and who intend a career which will build capacity within their communities and whānau, in areas of value to their community.

Ngāi Tahu supports up to three programme placements each year. These successful applicants will travel to Stanford alongside two University of Canterbury students and one University of Otago student.

To express your interest:

  • Please download the FNFP Application Form from the website: http://www.ntrc.canterbury.ac.nz/fnfp.shtml
  • Submit the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation via email, as instructed.

Applicants will need to outline a tribal programme/kaupapa they wish to parent and lead within the tribe that relates to the tribal economy/development. We encourage you to provide relevant supporting documentation which may include letters from your whānau, rūnanga, academic institution, or current employer.

Manawa Nui

Manawa-NuiThe Manawa Nui Associate Director Programme is based within the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group.

The objective is to build and accelerate the development of emerging commercial governors and to offer individual¬ised development, real world board experience and targeted coaching from experienced governors. Over two years the associate directors will have exposure to at least two different boards within the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group.

The programme’s first cohort started in 2013 and finished in March 2015. The goal is to build a pool of future Directors that are equipped with the necessary commercial skills as well as a strong iwi context to represent our interests at a governance level.

Key information

The programme is available to Ngāi Tahu emerging governors with prior commercial experience.

Manawa Nui intakes happen every second year. A new intake will begin in 2017, with applications closing at the end of January.

For more information, please visit Manawa Nui.

He Oranga Pounamu Scholarship for whānau studying health

Administered by He Oranga Pounamu on behalf of the CDHB, these scholarships are available for an academic year (January – December) and were established to financially assist students of Māori and Pacific Island descent studying in health- related subject at a tertiary institution.

The scholarship provides opportunities towards good leadership at all levels, as an integral pathway for positive change in health and wellbeing for our future Māori and Pacific pathways.

Key Information

  • Students must be studying a health related, NZQA accredited course, of at least 12 weeks duration; and/or
    • Have whakapapa and cultural links with Māori communities
    • Have genealogical and cultural links with Pacific communities
    • Be planning to work in the Canterbury district
  • For students studying at a Christchurch tertiary institute, although Year 3 medical students intending to come to Christchurch for years 4 and 5 will be considered.
  • Applications close at the start of June every year
  • Application form and more information available from the website: www.hop.org.nz development
  • Point of contact for the scholarship programme is Vania Pirini Vania.Pirini@hop.org.nz

Aoraki Bound

Aoraki-BoundAoraki Bound, our cultural and personal development programme, was launched in 2006. The course was born by a partnership between Ngāi Tahu and Outward Bound, who worked together to create a world-first, 20-day hīkoi which fuses Ngāi Tahu knowledge, history, reo, and values with Outward Bound adventure and experience.

Aoraki Bound builds leadership, cultural awareness and personal development.
Students spend 10 days at the Outward Bound facility at Anakiwa (Queen Charlotte Sound) and 10 days on a hīkoi (journey) from Anakiwa to the base of Aoraki.

Key Information

Aoraki Bound is open to all New Zealanders, aged 20 years and over. Grants are available to assist Ngāi Tahu whānui onto this programme of self-discovery.

There are two courses per year, February 2-21st and March 2–21st.

If you or your whānau are interested, we advise giving us a call on 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248).

Alternatively request an information pack/application form via email: aoraki.bound@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

See the website for more information: www.aorakibound.co.nz

Programmes Under Development

  • DOC Trainee Ranger Programme
  • Ngāi Tahu Tourism Scholarship
  • Ngāi Tahu Mazzetta Company Scholarship Fund
  • Ngāi Tahu Seafood Scholarship
  • Manawa Tītī – for emerging tribal leaders
  • Governors Development Framework