Scholarships and awards

There is a range of scholarships and awards available to students in Te Kawa a Māui—find out which ones you’re eligible for.

Overview

There are a number of scholarships, prizes and awards available to students studying at Victoria University of Wellington. For more information please refer to the Scholarships page on the University website.

There are specific awards and scholarships offered to Māori Studies students. Some of these are listed below.

Awards

Marae Award

Awarded annually to someone who has contributed significantly to the operations of Te Herenga Waka Marae. Nominations are made by Te Herenga Waka Marae staff. The award is presented at Te Hui Whakapūmau in December.

Ruka Broughton Memorial Award

Awarded annually to a top student. The object of the award is to recognise and encourage students to pursue with excellence, determination, and proficiency any of the BA majors taught through Te Kawa a Māui. The final selection for the award will be made by the staff of Te Kawa a Māui, and presented at the December Toihuarewa graduation ceremony.

Tūmau Awards

These awards are open to full-time Māori and Pacific Island students enrolling in postgraduate or first- or second-year study. A students academic record and financial hardship are considered. For more information see the Tūmau Awards page on the University website.

Application forms and further details can be obtained from Financial Support and Advice.

Wiremu Parker Memorial Award

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in any of the BA majors taught through Te Kawa a Māui or to a student who has completed the Tohu Māoritanga. The award recognises notable academic achievement and contributions to the cultural life of Te Herenga Waka whānau. Students must also embody the values of Te Tumu Herenga Waka: whanaungatanga, mātauranga, manaakitanga, and tuakana/teina. The final selection for the award will be made by the staff of Te Kawa a Māui, and presented at the December Toihuarewa graduation ceremony.

Scholarships

Philippa and Morvyn Williams Scholarships for Māori and/or Māori Studies

The purpose of these scholarships is to:

  1. encourage study and research which will sustain and promote guardianship by Māori of their cultural heritage, and particularly their language;
  2. support and affirm Māori women in their role as teachers and leaders of future generations by encouraging them to proceed to graduate work.

One or two scholarships are awarded each year. For more information see the Philippa and Morvyn Williams Scholarships page on the University website.

Raniera and Anihaka Higgins Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded by Ngāi Altamira. Selection is based on:

  1. academic achievement
  2. commitment to Te Herenga Waka Marae and te ao Māori
  3. financial need.

Applicants must be of Māori descent and be enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington. For more information see the Tumuaki of Ngāi Tauira.

Tū Horomata Scholarships

The purpose of these scholarships is to increase retention and completion rates of Māori at Master's level and to encourage Māori into subject areas where Māori are under represented.

Up to 10 scholarships are awarded each year. For more information and an application form see the Tū Horomata Scholarships page on the University website.