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Māori & Pasifika Trades Training Scholarships

If you are of Māori and/or Pasifika descent, aged 16 – 40 and you want to learn a trade, you could study free at Unitec.

Award value: Full tuition fees Number available: Limited scholarships available for 2024, please apply now to reserve your spot
Provider: Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
Contact: MPTT Scholarships Manager at


Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) involves polytechnics, industry training organisations, support organisations, and industry all working together to stand behind you, support you and connect you right into the heart of building, construction and infrastructure trades and, for the first time, health and wellbeing jobs. The Government is making your journey a little easier with free full tuition training for those who qualify.

These scholarships cover the tuition fees for various trades programmes and help you progress towards an apprenticeship and into a job.



Selection criteria

  • Be of Māori or Pacific descent
  • Be aged 16 - 40 at the time of course start date 
  • Be enrolled in an eligible programme at Unitec 
  • Complete work-ready workshops during the course (MPTT scholarship only)
  • Demonstrate a desire to succeed in the trades industry 
  • Be committed to completing the programme

If there are more applicants than places available, those with a good academic record or with relevant work experience will be given preference for selection.

Eligible trades programmes

How to apply

Step 1

To apply for an MPTT scholarship, you need to be enrolled in an eligible programme first.

Apply for an eligible programme »

Step 2

Once enrolled in an eligible programme, complete the scholarship application form and attend an interview.
Approximately 100+ scholarships are provided annually. The 2024 scholarship's offering is subject to TEC funding.

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