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Te Pou Hiranga

This scholarship is for high achieving Māori learners in a 240 credit or more undergraduate diploma or bachelor level programme at Unitec, who are motivated to make a positive difference in society. 

Ākonga who can demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to applying the essence of Ako – where everyone teaches and everyone learns - are encouraged to apply.  

Award value: $2,000 Number available: Varies
Provider: Unitec
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 study goals. The scholarship provides both financial support and mentoring opportunities.

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 apply, you must:

  • be a domestic student, i.e., a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • be enrolled as a Māori student;
  • have completed and passed a minimum of 120 credits within your current undergraduate diploma or bachelor level programme at Unitec;
  • be continuing in your current programme of study as a full-time (or pre-approved part-time) student; and
  • have a GPA of 6.0 (which equates to a B+ average) or above, in your most recent semester of study for graded courses, or all PASS grades for Pass/Fail courses.

Please read the 2024 Te Pou Hiranga Scholarships Regulations for more information.

Selection Bases

The Selection Committee will review all eligible applications and will make award recommendations based on a combination of:

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