Less than two weeks to apply for Māori scholarships

Luke Parker
Less than two weeks to apply for Māori scholarships

Māori students heading into tertiary study next year have two more weeks to apply for one of four Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships.

The school leaver’s scholarships, which acknowledge diversity and leadership, will award up to four Māori recipients $5,000 towards their tertiary 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 recipients encourage other rangatahi to apply 

Keilamarita Pouri-Lane - 2014 Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship recipient
Keilamarita Pouri-Lane (2014 Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship recipient)

Secondary School:
Motueka High School

Iwi affiliation:
Hamoa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To

Keilamarita’s motivation to apply for the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship was simple.

“It was the opportunity to meet my education costs as well as the potential opportunities that come with being linked to Westpac through the scholarship.

She says rather than having to worry about how she was going to fund her study at the University of Canterbury, she was able to commit her time and energy to achieving both my academic and sporting goals.

“Not only that, it also provided me with opportunities to network with people in the finance industry and gain valuable insight into how a successful banking and finance organisation operates.”

For other rangatahi considering whether to apply or not, Keilamarita says it’s really worthwhile.

“This scholarship will obviously provide you a tangible financial benefit and aid your education costs but it will also provide academic and professional benefits that extend far greater than the funding you receive.

You’ll be aligned to a recognised finance and banking company and although not guaranteed, there’s the potential for work experience and other opportunities with Westpac. This experience and the link to Westpac will set you apart from your classmates when you come to graduate and enter the workforce.

Currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, and Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Keilamarita says in the long-term future she hopes to start her own business,

“Before this though I’d like to gain some experience - particularly through Westpac with the opportunity at hand - and gain insight and knowledge into other roles in the bank.

“I would also like to be able to acquire and develop key skills essential to providing financial assistance for other Māori and an asset to my Iwi.”

Tohonga Ashton - 2015 Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship recipient
Tohonga Ashton (2015 Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship recipient)

Secondary School:
Hato Pāora College, near Fielding

Iwi affiliation:
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa, Ngāti Whanaunga

There were a few reasons why Tohonga decided to apply for the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarship.

“Other than financial assistance with tertiary studies, I was keen on a banking career, and I wanted to find ways to help rangatahi.”

He says it has helped with his confidence and ability to communicate at all levels.

“It’s challenged me to step outside my comfort zone but more importantly to share my culture.”

Tohonga says as well as receiving the financial side of the scholarship, Westpac has been a great place to work and looks to be a fantastic career option –

“The scholarship has really helped to open doors for me.”

Now studying at Victoria University, Tohonga is focussed on finishing a Commerce Degree.

“I’m keen to continue pursuing a banking career, to give back to my whanau, hapu, and Iwi and to encourage rangatahi.”


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, in last year of secondary school, 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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