Matakahi Scholarships

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

We are looking for tertiary students who are studying for a qualification that may lead to a role within our commercial businesses or with our commercial partners.

If you’re a registered member of Ngāi Tahu in your second year of tertiary study or beyond in

  • commerce
  • law
  • agriculture
  • environmental sciences
  • property/land management
  • information technology

register your interest below.

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 $5,000 for up to three years


To apply for any of our grants or scholarships you will need your six-digit whakapapa number and your password is your 4 digit PIN. If you’re unsure of either please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or follow this link to find your registration number.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open 1 March 2020.

Not sure if you’re eligible?

That’s OK – let’s talk! Connecting is easy – just email [email protected] or
phone 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

We can answer all your questions and help you apply.

Being a part of the Matakahi Whanau has provided me with foundations to base my career and personal development on. The opportunities I have had to contribute and be involved in Ngai Tahu have strengthened my sense of identity, or my Ngai Tahutanga. The connections made within Ngai Tahu have also presented me with the opportunity to summer clerk at Simpson Grierson, where I have gained valuable experience, skills and connections within the corporate world. Through Matakahi, I have gained an understanding of where I come from, and support to get to where I want to go.

Morgan Couch.


For me, the Matakahi Scholarship has opened up multiple doors for the future. Before applying for this scholarship, I did not believe I was deserving of identifying myself as being Māori. However, on applying and subsequently receiving this scholarship, my involvement in this programme has drastically changed this mindset. It has allowed me to further connect with my iwi and local Rūnanga, while kickstarting my marketing career via key work experience with Vodafone, one of Ngāi Tahu’s commercial partners.

Caleb Stevenson (Ngāi Tahu – Hokonui Rūnanga).