Iti te matakahi, paoa atu anō, nā, potapota noa
Even the smallest wedge, with persistent effort, can topple the greatest tree
The commercial aspirations of Ngāi Tahu Holding Corporation coupled with Te Rūnanga Group’s role as an inter-generational steward of the tribe’s assets led to the development of this programme. Matakahi scholarships create opportunities to grow our Ngāi Tahu capacity now and for the future.
Established in 2009 the scholarships are for Ngāi Tahu students studying for a commercially focused tertiary qualification and are designed to provide cadets with a broad range of learning experiences, challenges, and opportunities within the Te Rūnanga Group.
“As part of the Matakahi Scholarship I was given a work placement at an investment bank in Auckland. This opportunity landed me a graduate job with them and I will start in early 2017, after I complete my Masters in Applied Finance and Economics at the University of Canterbury. The experience I had as part of the Matakahi programme has literally landed me my dream job, and I credit that to the opportunities the Matakahi Scholarship provided me.”
-Judge Williams (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri), Matakahi Scholar
“Before being awarded a Ngāi Tahu scholarship I had little contact with my iwi and was unsure about my Māori whakapapa. Since being awarded the scholarship my life has been a whirlwind of eye-opening cultural experiences and rangatahi gatherings, and I have loved learning more about myself as a Ngāi Tahu wahine. The scholarship also allowed me to gain work experience at a Christchurch law firm over the university holidays. This was hugely beneficial and has given me practical experience in the profession that I can take into my legal career.”
– Janelle Wilson (Ngāi Tahu – Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, Waihōpai Rūnaka)
Applications are taken annually in February. To enquire please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248) or email IwiCapability@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.
If you would like to be sent an email when applications are online register an expression of interest via the Ngā Pūkenga Database