Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio via our Kōmiti Mātauraka, has an exciting announcement regarding rakatahi scholarships.

Our rūnaka has recently agreed to invest significant pūtea in rakatahi development, with the aim of growing our next generation of capable leaders. There will be a particular focus on building cultural capability, and we have a total of three scholarships available.

The first scholarship is aimed at supporting our rakatahi to attend rūnanga, tribal and iwi rakatahi programmes such as Te Ara Whakatipu and Manawa Hou. This scholarship is valued at $2.5k per annum in total and rakatahi can apply for a maximum of $1k per annum.

The second scholarship is to support our rakatahi who are representing their region, or the country in sport, arts or leadership. This scholarship is valued at $2.5k per annum in total and rakatahi can apply for a maximum of $1k per annum.

To be eligible to apply, the following conditions must be met:

  • rakatahi must be registered members of
  • Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio
  • they must be willing to participate in rūnaka/tribal leadership programmes
  • they will need to demonstrate how they intend to ‘give back’ to the broader hapū by sharing their experience/learning as an inspiration to other rakatahi.

*Applications are now being accepted for both of these scholarships.

The third scholarship is to support attendance at boarding schools, particularly our Māori boarding schools. We have three scholarships valued at $7k per annum per student, two for Tai o Poutini-based rakatahi and the third for applicants, Aotearoa-wide.

Successful recipients will receive the scholarship each year for the duration of their time at boarding school, on the basis of a full year’s attendance.

The criteria for this scholarship, includes those already set out above and:

  • previous demonstration of commitment to Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio
  • a firm commitment to kaupapa Māori through
  • agreement to study te reo throughout their schooling
  • agreement to participate in kapa haka and other kaupapa Māori activities offered by the kura.

If you or your rakatahi are interested in finding out more, please register your interest with our office. We are in the process of developing application forms and will be seeking completed applications for all scholarships shortly.