Yamada O’Regan- Secondary School Scholarships - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Yamada O’Regan
– Secondary School Scholarships

Scholarship Objective

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

The Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships

Named after Masashi Yamada and Tā Tipene O’Regan, these scholarships are a representation of cross-cultural friendship and also profound generosity.

In the 90s, Masashi Yamada, a successful Japanese businessman and philanthropist (introduced to Tā Tipene by fellow Ngāi Tahu, Dr Graham Kitson), extended a multimillion-dollar lifeline to the iwi. This loan provided a lifeline which 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 a trust.

As a result, the Ngāi Tahu Mātauranga Trust was established in 2001 to provide and promote educational opportunities for the benefit of Ngāi Tahu whānui.

The selection panel will meet in mid-May to make decisions on all received applications and approved payments will be made thereafter.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Be a registered Ngāi Tahu member
  • Be enrolled at a secondary school studying in years 10, 11, 12 or 13
  • Be achieving academic success in at least three school subjects
  • Be involved in whānau, hapū or iwi-related activities
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Be able to explain the difficulties/hardships that may prevent you from completing your current school year and or successful attainment of a secondary school qualification.

Important Information

We encourage all applicants to seek-out other forms of funding where possible, such as the secondary school scholarships that are available through the Māori Education Trust, Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga

For financial support towards secondary school boarding fees, please visit the Ministry of Education website or email: [email protected]

To find out more information about this funding, please contact the Ngāi Tahu Grants team by calling: 0800 KAI TAHU or email: [email protected]


Applications to support the 2024 academic year will open 1 November 2023 and close 2 February 2024.