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Whai Ake Māori Scholarships - Teina

The Whai Ake mentoring programme aims to provide a strong support system for Māori students who are new to tertiary education. Whai Ake is about growing Māori student leadership capability, increasing first-year completions, and lifting Māori student academic success and retention overall in tertiary study.

The scholarship is designed to support Whai Ake tauira to engage with their culture throughout their journey at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka. This scholarship also provides financial support for education-related costs.

Award value: $2,000 Number available: Up to 15
Provider: Unitec Maia Māori Centre
Contact: Jonyne Mariu-Komene

Applications for 2023 are now closed

Open  27 September 2022 | Closes *extended closing date 21st February 2023

We want all tauira Māori who are new to tertiary education or new to Unitec to feel welcome to apply.


Eligibility for Whai Ake Māori Scholarship - Teina

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a domestic student, i.e. a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • be enrolling for the first time at Unitec in semester 1, 2023
  • be starting in a programme from Level 3 to 8 (certificate, diploma, undergraduate degree, postgraduate certificate or diploma) that takes at least one semester of full-time study to complete
  • be enrolled as a New Zealand Māori.

Please read the Scholarship Regulations for full details.

Selection Criteria

As part of our shortlisting process, we might give preference to tauira who are aged between 18 - 25 years. However, your responses to the application questions and  in interview, are important to our final decisions. 

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.