Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust $5,000 scholarships launched

Luke Parker
Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust $5,000 scholarships launched

Māori students heading into tertiary study next year are being encouraged to apply for one of four Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships launched today.

The school leaver’s scholarships, which acknowledge diversity and leadership, will award up to four Māori recipients $5,000 towards their study costs for 2017.

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Westpac’s Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust was established to promote, develop, and provide for the education and advancement of Māori within the banking, finance, and general business industries.

Westpac will also support the successful applicants with the opportunity to consider work experience during their holidays while they complete their degree.

Previous recipient says opportunities from scholarship limitless

Name: Tana Luke
Tana Luke - 2014 Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship recipient (add photo)

Secondary School: 
Graduated from Christchurch’s St Thomas of Canterbury College in 2013

Iwi affiliation:
Ngāti Rārua (top of the South Island) on my father’s side
Ngāi Tahu from Ngāti Waewae Hapu (West Coast of South Island) on mother’s side
Also has whakapapa to Te Rarawa in the Hokianga.

Tana says like many students in preparation for tertiary study, he applied for the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship to help keep his loan costs as minimal as possible.

“It has been of immense aid in enabling my tertiary ambitions and making them a reality. There is so much more to the scholarship than just the initial $5000, you become cultivated in a wider team, creating networks and meeting amazing people throughout your journey.”

He’s now encouraging all rangatahi to apply for one of the four now up for grabs.

“The opportunities as a result of this scholarship are limitless. I’ve realised many potential career paths that I had not previously known.”

Tana is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.

He also works part-time at Westpac and is an intern with the Whai Rawa team at Te Runanga O Ngāi Tahu whilst pursuing his love for Rugby.

“For the future I hope to finish off my degrees and utilise them in a position whereby I can help Māori and Iwi alongside Westpac and its cultural values. I have a particular passion for Iwi development with regard to the commercial sector and endeavour to be of benefit for Māori in this field.”


To be eligible for a Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship, applicants must: 

-  Be of Māori descent & Iwi registered

-  Be over 16 years of age and preferably fluent in te reo Māori

-  Be attending a general business-related degree appropriate for a banking career at a tertiary institution  in the following year (i.e. 2017)

-  Submit an application in writing by Sunday 2 October 2016 including:
  1. Personal and contact details (including whakapapa)
  2. A short summary of educational history
  3. A short personal statement outlining personal aspirations, reasons for study and projected outcomes including community involvement; and
  4. A letter of support from their secondary school


 Selection criteria:

The Trustees and Assessment Panel will consider the applications according to the following criteria:-  Leadership at school and in the community

-  Life and work experience

-  Whakapapa with appropriate endorsement; and

-  Confirmation of study details (when the applicant knows)

How to apply:

To download an information pack and for upcoming key dates, visit Westpac's website.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or to submit an application via email with completed paperwork and supporting school letter, please contact:

Nicole Langford
Trust Secretariat
(09) 348-9210 (ext 89210)

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