Kā Pūtea Scholarships

Kā Pūtea Scholarship applications for 2019 have closed.
Applications for 2020 will open on the 1 March and close on the 30 April.

The Kā Pūtea Scholarships are available to all registered Ngāi Tahu iwi members who are currently enrolled in NZQA Tertiary level study or International equivalent.

In total there are 100 scholarships available.

Undergraduate Targeted Scholarships (Certificate to Level 7)

There are 58 scholarships available based on academic achievement

Post-Graduate Scholarships (Level 8 – Level 10)

There are 24 scholarships available based on academic achievement

Exceptional Scholarships

Exceptional scholarships are discretionary in nature and are assessed on a case by case basis

Papatipu Rūnanga Scholarships (18 available)

Applicants must indicate on their application form which rūnanga they wish their application to be considered by. Applicants must be able to affiliate to the rūnanga they identify.

The scholarship selections will be made by the end of May 2019 and successful applicants will be awarded their monies in July 2019.
All applicants not awarded a scholarship will have their applications forwarded on to their papatipu rūnanga for assessment. Each papatipu are responsible for deciding how may applications to approve. In the event that more than one applicant is chosen, the rūnanga decides the distribution from the total available to it.

Scholarship Processing and Payment

Scholarship applications are processed by mid-May each year with the successful recipients being informed by the end of May. Successful Papatipu Rūnanga recipients are informed as soon as each rūnanga makes the decision known to the administrator (between June and mid-November).

Where applications are incomplete, all efforts are made to follow-up in order to obtain the missing information before the cut-off date. Where this is not possible the incomplete application will not be processed. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that correct information and relevant documentation is submitted as per the instructions on the application form.

Scholarship Standards

Supporting documentation (transcripts etc.) must be verified copies or originals. Where originals are submitted, the administrator will return these if requested at the time of application. The applicant is solely responsible for providing correct and timely information and relevant documentation. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.


Kā Pūtea Scholarship applications for 2019 have closed.
Applications for 2020 will open on the 1 March and close on the 30 April.

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