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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

Applications for 2023 are now closed. 

Open 3 November 2022 | Closes *extended closing date 21st February 2023


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.  

We want all tauira Māori who meet the eligiblity criteria and who can demonstrate a commitment to the Whai Ake programme to consider applying. 

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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 a current full-time tauira Māori enrolled in a diploma, degree or postgrad level Unitec programme
  • have completed at least two semesters of study at Unitec in a certificate, diploma or degree
  • be enrolled as a New Zealand Māori student

Please read our 2023 Whai Ake Tuakana Regulations for more information

Selection Criteria

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.