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Te Pou Aupiki

Te Pou Aupiki Karahipi were established in 2019 to encourage Māori students who successfully complete their programme of study to continue their tertiary education at Unitec. 

Ākonga who have successfully completed a Level 3 to 7 programme at Unitec, who are progressing to a new higher level programme that takes at least one semester of full-time study to complete, are encouraged to apply.

Award value: $2,000 Number available: Varies
Provider: Unitec Institute of Technology
Contact: For general queries about scholarships - email our scholarships team
For help completing a scholarship application - book an appointment with our careers team

Unitec recognises that financial support is an important consideration for our ākonga in managing their next steps. The scholarship provides both financial support and mentoring opportunities in the first year of the new programme of study.

Scholarship recipients are expected to be involved in the Unitec Māori Community. 

2024 applications are now closed

Round 2: Opened 1st February 2024 | Closed 11th March 2024

Round 1: Opened 11th December 2023 | Closed 31st January 2024


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a domestic student, i.e., a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • be enrolled as a Māori student;
  • have completed a Level 3-8 programme at Unitec and are beginning a new programme of study at Unitec in semester 1, 2024;
  • be enrolled in a Level 4-8 programme (diploma, undergraduate degree, postgraduate certificate or diploma) that takes at least one semester of full-time study to complete; and
  • have a GPA of 3.5 (which is a B minus average) or above, in your most recent semester of study.

Please read the 2024 Te Pou Aupiki Scholarship Regulations for more information on requirements, the application questions and selection processes.

A section for ākonga to include their Whakapapa is included in the scholarship application. It follows this Pepehā Template.

Selection Bases

A selection committee will review all eligible applications and make award recommendations based on:

  • GPA scores;
  • responses to the application questions; and 
  • preference may be given to learners who demonstrate that financial support will have an impact on their ability to continue their studies.