Kā Pūtea Grants

Kā Putea Grants have changed. Previously you could apply for a grant throughout the year, however starting this year there will only be two opportunities for you to apply for your direct distribution.

The opening and closing dates have now changed

Grants now open between

1st of March – 28th of April

Grants reopen

3rd of July – 31st August

This entitlement is $250 for your first year of fulltime study and $500 for every subsequent year of fulltime study – part time study will receive proportional grants. You will be eligible to apply for these grants up to seven times throughout your study lifetime. * Full time study is 120 credits or 1 EFTS.

From this year a separate cultural grant will be available upon proof of engagement through Ka Pūtea. As part of this change we can provide pathways for you to learn, connect and engage with Ngāi Tahutanga.

Proof of engagement declarations must be submitted for approval between

2nd of October and 30th of November.

There are three cultural levels that students may apply for.

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 paper with your studies

The grant at this level is $250

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:

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

The grant at this level is $500

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

The grant for this level is $1,000

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

To be successful you will need to meet the criteria listed however there are many ways in which you can do this. If you are unsure about your cultural involvement please do not hesitate to contact our administrator Samantha Iri who will guide you though.

The following links and contacts will be useful:

1. http://www.kmk.maori.nz Explore the Kotahi Mano Kāika website to find out about and register for Ngai Tahu events occurring soon such as Kia Kūrapa. Also find the free resources available for you and your whānau to download.

2. http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz On the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu website you can find out about and register for Ngai Tahu events occurring soon. There is a contact page for the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu office based in Christchurch as well as a contact page for each papatipu rūnanga if you want to engage with them directly.

3. http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/whai-rawa/ Our Whai Rawa scheme is designed to build wealth and enhance the wellbeing of current and future generations. To take advantage of the matched annual distributions from Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu visit the website.

4. http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities/ Explore our whānau opportunities page where there are not only other funding options but where there is access to internships, courses like Aoraki Bound and other engagement ideas.

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