Yamada O’Regan – Secondary School Scholarships

The objective of the Ngāi Tahu Mātauranga Trust Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships is to advance Ngāi Tahu secondary school students to complete the school year and successfully attain a school qualification.

Named after Masashi Yamada and Tā Tipene O’Regan, these scholarships are a representation of cross-cultural friendship and profound generosity. In the 1990s, Yamada, a successful Japanese businessman, and philanthropist, extended a multimillion dollar lifeline to the iwi. This loan enabled Ngāi Tahu to continue with Te Kerēme. Post-settlement, Yamada again displayed his generosity and commitment to the development of indigenous cultures by gifting a substantial fund to establish the Ngāi Tahu Mātauranga Trust. Established in 2001, this trust provides and promotes educational opportunities for the benefit of Ngāi Tahu whānau.

Important Dates

Applications for the Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships 2017 open on the 17th of July and close on 4th of August.


To be eligible for a Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarship you must:

  • Be registered with whakapapa Ngāi Tahu;
  • Be achieving academic success in at least three subjects;
  • Be participating in whānau, hapū or iwi activities;
  • Be displaying leadership qualities;
  • Be able to explain the difficulties that may prevent you from completion of the school year and/or successful attainment of a school qualification; and
  • Complete the application form and attach all relevant information and supporting documents.

Download the Yamada O’Regan application form