The Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships are open for applications from 1 July to 29 August.

Named after Masashi Yamada and Tā Tipene O’Regan, these scholarships are a representation of cross-cultural friendship and profound generosity. In the 1990s Yamada, a successful Japanese businessman and philanthropist (introduced to Tā Tipene by Graham Kitson), extended a multimillion-dollar lifeline to the iwi. This loan 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.

Scholarship objective
The objective of the Ngāi Tahu Mātauranga Trust Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships is to support ‘at risk’ Ngāi Tahu secondary school students to complete the school year (Years 10 – 13) and successfully attain a school qualification. The criteria for being ‘at risk’, is where there is financial hardship, whānau upheaval, physical disability or whānau illness or similar situations.

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

  • Registered with whakapapa Ngāi Tahu
  • Participating in whānau, hapū or iwi activities
  • Displaying leadership qualities
  • Able to explain the difficulties that may prevent you from completion of the school year and/or successful attainment of a school qualification
  • Complete the application form and attach all relevant information and supporting documents.

Assessment criteria
The applications will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • The overall quality of applications
  • Applicants’ school achievements
  • Applicants’ involvement with whānau, hapū or iwi related activities
  • Applicants’ explanations of difficulties that place them at risk.

Assessment process

  • The selection panel will convene to select scholarships by mid-September
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of October
  • External/internal assessment panel decisions are final – no correspondence will be entered into.

For all enquiries please phone Deborah Barton 03 974 0027, 021 435960 or email [email protected] or phone 0800 KAITAHU and ask for Deborah.
Te Tapuae o Rehua, 50 Corsair Dr, Wigram or PO Box 13-046, CHRISTCHURCH


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