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Matakahi Scholarships

We can help.

As Ngāi Tahu, you have more support than you may realise.

Matakahi Scholarships can:

  • support you for up to three years while you study and help you achieve your goals
  • equip you with skills that put you in high demand with employers
  • offer paid work placements within Ngāi Tahu commercial businesses or commercial partners
  • strengthen your connection with Ngāi Tahu
  • provide annual funding of up to $10,000 for up to three years

Matakahi Scholarships are for Ngāi Tahu tertiary students who are entering into their second year of tertiary study or beyond. We are looking for students who are studying a qualification that may lead to a role within our commercial businesses or commercial partners.

Apply for a Matakahi Scholarship

Not sure if you are eligible? That’s OK! Let’s talk.
Connecting is easy – just email iwicapability@ngaitahu.iwi.nz or ring 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

We can answer all your questions and help you apply.

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)

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)