Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust $5,000 scholarship opens for 2020

Jessica Satherley
Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust $5,000 scholarship opens for 2020

Since receiving the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship in 2014, Tana Luke has become the Māori / Iwi Engagement Officer at Lincoln University. 

“The scholarship was a huge help in enabling me to pursue my tertiary ambitions and to make them a reality,” Tana says.  

“Also, career-wise, the opportunity led me to see first-hand the mahi that Westpac does in the Iwi space, which was a light bulb moment for me.  

“It was something that I immediately knew I wanted to get into,” he says. 

Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust’s scholarship has launched for another year and has now opened to applicants until Sunday 2nd February 2020. 

Each year the Trust awards up to four Māori students with $5,000 each towards their tertiary studies. 

“The scholarship is so much more than the initial $5,000 which goes to the recipient, although it’s a very helpful bonus.  

“You are welcomed into a wider team which allows you to create networks and meet amazing people throughout your journey.  

“The opportunities as a result of the scholarship are endless and it’s really what you make of it.  

“At the time, I was opened to many potential career paths that I had not previously known which really broadened my horizons,” Tana says. 

In the past, secondary school leavers were awarded the scholarships, however this year second and third year tertiary study students are eligible because first year students now have free fees. 

The closing date for this year’s applications is 2 February 2020. 



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

  •     Be of Māori descent & Iwi registered, and
  •     Be enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institute in 2020, and
  •     Be attending a general business-related degree; and in second or third year of study programme, and
  •     Be attending full-time study for the full year, and
  •     Preferably be fluent in te Reo Māori (but not required), and
  •     Meet the criteria for the scholarships applied for, and
  •     Submit their application form and supporting documentation by midnight Sunday 2 February 2020.


Selection criteria: 

The Trustees will consider the applications according to the following criteria:

  •     Leadership at tertiary institute and in the community, and
  •     Involvement with Iwi, Hapū, Marae and wider Māori community, and
  •     Life and work experience, and
  •     Whakapapa with appropriate endorsement, and
  •     Confirmation of study details.


Selections will be made by Trustees by 27 February 2020 

Recipients will be announced around 28 February 2020 


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 documentation, please contact: 

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

, ,