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 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 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.

The Ngāi Tahu Mātauranga Trust offers Yamada O’ Regan Secondary School Scholarships to “at risk” Ngāi Tahu studying around the country. These scholarships are open to students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are achieving academically, displaying leadership qualities and participating in whānau, hapū or iwi-related affairs. The value of monies awarded may vary.

Applications open 1 March and will close 29 April 2013, the forms are on the website