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Kā Pūtea Grant and Proof of Engagement Grant

Kā Pūtea Grants

These are available to all registered Ngāi Tahu whānau who are currently enrolled in NZQA Tertiary level study or international equivalent.

There are two application periods in 2018:

  • 1 March to 30 April
  • 2 July to 31 August

Kā Pūtea Grants provide $250 for your first year of full-time* study and $500 for every subsequent year of full-time study. Registered Ngāi Tahu whānau may apply for these grants up to seven times throughout their studies. All payments will be made within 15 working days after each closing date.

Ngāi Tahu whānau applying for Kā Pūtea Proof of Engagement Grant must submit their planned activity and engagement at the same time as the Kā Pūtea Grant.

*Full-time students are enrolled in 120 credits or 1 EFT – students enrolled in less than this will receive a portion of the full grant dependent on the amount of credits/EFTS they are enrolled in.

Kā Pūtea Proof of Engagement Grant

This is a separate grant available to all registered Ngāi Tahu whānau who are currently enrolled in NZQA Tertiary level study or international equivalent, and who are actively learning, connecting, and engaging with Ngāi Tahutanga.

There are three cultural levels that students may apply for to encourage a learning pathway with Ngāi Tahutanga.

Below are some examples of how each level can be achieved and the examples reflect the level of expectation required.

Level One is for those students who are beginning their journey of engagement with the iwi. To qualify for this level students must evidence engagement through things such as:

  • Completing an online Te Reo course
  • Learning your pepeha
  • Incorporating a Te Reo or Tikanga paper with your studies
  • Learning about Ngāi tahu and our history
  • Registering with your Rūnanga,

The grant at this level is $250 (full-time* students or proportional for part-time students)

Level Two is for those students who can show connectedness to the iwi. To qualify for this level students must evidence connectedness through things such as:

  • Extending your learning about Ngāi Tahu history
  • Making contact with your Papatipu Runanga and taking part in hui there
  • Mentoring other Māori students

The grant at this level is $500 (full-time* students or proportional for part-time students)

To apply for this level you must provide evidence for both Level One and Two

Level Three is for those students who are giving back to the iwi. To qualify for this level students must evidence reciprocity through things such as:

  • Attending Kia kūrapa or kura reo
  • being a kaimahi at Hui a iwi, Hui a tau, wānanga or Papatipu Rūnanga hui
  • Researching Ngāi Tahu as part of your study
  • Supporting Kapahaka groups or Taurahere groups

The grant for this level is $1,000 (full-time* students or proportional for part-time students)

To apply for this level you must provide evidence of reciprocity, connectedness from Level Two and engagement from Level One.

All grant payments will be made within 15 working days after each closing date.

You will be eligible to apply for these grants up to seven times throughout your study lifetime.

*Full-time students are enrolled in 120 credits or 1 EFT – students enrolled in any less will receive a portion of the full grant dependent on the amount of credits/EFTS you are enrolled in.

Your evidence needs to be in written form and signed by a supervisor/event manager if required. You can also submit your evidence via video dependent on what your engagement activity is. For any questions please email Samantha Iri at matauranga@ngaitahu.iwi.nz or call 0800 584 8248.

Download the Kā Pūtea Grant and Engagement form