Ngāi Tahu Tourism is delighted to launch a brand new scholarship – Te Pia Tāpoi, for Ngāi Tahu students.

The Te Pia Tāpoi Scholarship is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu students studying towards a tourism qualification. We are looking for future stars who love the tourism industry and want to make their mark. We will be offering support with study fees, the chance for paid holiday work and invaluable work experience plus amazing opportunities to grow your cultural skills and learn more about your iwi.

Students must:

  • Be registered with the Ngāi Tahu whakapapa unit
  • Be enrolling or currently studying an NZQA approved tertiary qualification in tourism
  • Have a satisfactory academic record or suitable personal references
  • Be available to work in either Queenstown, Rotorua or Franz Josef during the summer holiday period.
  • Have an interest in working within the tourism sector
  • Be committed to participating in a cultural programme
  • Be committed to learn or improve te reo Māori skills.

Scholarship details:

  • Up to $6,000 per annum (for three years) toward course fees
  • Opportunity to participate in Aoraki Bound
  • Paid summer holiday work in one of NTT’s businesses. No accommodation will be provided.

The tourism industry is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing industry sectors and one of New Zealand’s top economic earners. We want to help more Ngāi Tahu build careers within the tourism sector.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism owns and operates some of the most iconic experiences in Aotearoa – from the thrills of the Shotover Jet to the tranquillity of the Hollyford Valley. You will have heard of our attractions even if you didn’t know they were owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

We are one of New Zealand’s largest tourism operators with eight businesses operating nationwide and we host almost one million manuhiri (visitors) each year. It is our goal through the experiences we offer to connect our visitors to New Zealand, to Ngāi Tahu and to ourselves ensuring they have an experience they will remember forever.

If this sounds like a great opportunity for you or someone you know and you would like to hear more please check out: or email: [email protected] for more information.

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