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Whai Ake Māori Mentoring Scholarship - Tuakana

The Whai Ake Māori Mentoring scholarship is for tauira Māori who can demonstrate a commitment to the Whai Ake Programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka. Whai Ake is about growing tauira Māori leadership capability, increasing first year completions, and lifting tauira Māori academic success and retention overall in tertiary study.

This scholarship also provides financial support for education-related costs.

Award value: $1,000 Number available: Up to 15
Provider: Unitec Māia Centre
Contact: Jonyne Mariu-Komene

2022 Applications are Closed

Open 24 March 2022 | Closed Wednesday 6th April 2022


The Whai Ake Māori mentoring programme aims to provide a strong support system for tauira Māori in tertiary education. The programme is designed to support tauira to engage with their culture throughout their journey at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka and to enhance their leadership capabilities.  

Eligibility for Whai Ake Maori Mentoring Scholarship - Mentors

To apply, you must:

  • be a domestic student, i.e. New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • be enrolled as a New Zealand Māori; and
  • be enrolling as a full-time second, third or fourth year student in a diploma or degree level programme at Unitec.

Please read our Whai Ake Māori Mentoring Scholarships Regulations for more information

Selection Criteria

We want all tauira Māori who meet the eligiblity criteria and who can demonstrate a commitment to the Whai Ake programme to consider applying. As part of our shortlisting process we might give preference to applicants who:

  • are aged between 18-25 years
  • have previously completed whai ake as a Teina
  • have been a Whai Ake Tuakana in previous years

All shorlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. 

Need help or have more questions? Email the Whai ake i te Ara Tika Academic Co-ordinator Jonyne Mariu-Komene

Still want more info? Find out more at Whai Ake Scholarship.