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 also profound generosity. In the 90’s Yamada, a successful Japanese businessman and philanthropist (introduced to Tā Tipene by 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.
Applications for the Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships 2020 have closed. They will open on the 1st of March and close on the 30th of April 2021.
To be eligible for a Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarship you must: