Matakahi Scholarships

Growing our future

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.

What we are looking for.

  • If you want to be a Matakahi Cadet you will need to demonstrate a strong academic ability, a well-rounded community connection that you will able to show at either a whānau, hapū, papatipu rūnanga or iwi level. 
  • We consider personal qualities to be as important as academic ones.   The Matakahi cadet programme is a significant financial investment and we will expect a significant commitment from those that are chosen on the programme. We will want to see how you can contribute to the future development of the Iwi, maybe not now, but in the future for sure.
  • We are looking for cadets who fit a lot of varied mahi into their lives and have determination and enthusiasm. You’ll also need to be highly motivated and give examples of your engagement and initiative. 
  • We’d like to hear from people who have been doing well at secondary school or university with a range of interests – all-rounders willing to learn.

How to Apply

Applications usually open in February each year. Please visit the Ngā Pūkenga and register to receive an email alert when scholarships/cadetships are listed.

Please email for more information.