Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship

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

2017 Tertiary Study Scholarships

The 2017 scholarship applications have now been launched for the 2018 study year. You can read more about our past scholarship recipients and how the scholarship has helped them to grow and thrive here on REDnews.


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 at a tertiary institution tertiary degree course in the following year (i.e. 2018)
  • Submit an application in writing by Friday 22 September 2017 including:
      • Personal and contact details (including whakapapa)
      •  A short summary of educational history
      •  A short personal statement outlining personal aspirations, reasons for study and projected outcomes including community involvement; and
      • A letter of support from their secondary school.
        Applicants can download this information pack to help with preparing their application.
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).

The scholarships will acknowledge diversity and leadership. The opportunity will be given to four Tane and Wāhine throughout Te Waka-a-Māui – the waka of Māui (South Island) and Te Ika-a-Māui - the fish of Māui (North Island).

You can read about the past scholarship recipients on REDnews.

Key dates
  • 21 August 2017 - Applications open 
  • 22 September 2017 - Applications close
  • 29 September 2017 - Applications reviewed by assessor panel 
  • 6 October 2017 - Interviews held (if applicable) and selections made 
  • November 2017 - Applicants notified of application outcome (successful and unsuccessful) 
  • November 2017 - Successful applicants announced at school end of year awards presentations and listed on Westpac website
  • Early 2018 - Scholarship funds paid directly to educational institutes on receipt by the Trust of an invoice for study-related costs
Apply now

Apply now

Applicants can submit their application by emailing all completed paperwork including the school supporting letter to the Trust Secretariat, nicole_langford@westpac.co.nz

Applicants can download this information pack to help with preparing their application.

Queries and Support

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Trust Secretariat, nicole_langford@westpac.co.nz, 09 348 9210 (ext 892100)

Important Notes:
  • A maximum of four (4) scholarships awarded per year
  • Scholarship awards are valued at $5000 per applicant towards tertiary study related costs
  • All applications to the Trust will be assessed against the criteria set out above in accordance with the Trust Deed.
  • The Trustees of the Trust have appointed an independent assessor panel to review applications and make recommendations to the Trustees. The Trustees will, at their discretion, determine recipients’ of the scholarships.
  • The Trustees may revise and amend the criteria by which they assess applications at anytime.


Additional Information: The Trust is independent of Westpac NZ, but Westpac NZ would like to support applicants by providing the successful applicants the opportunity to consider work experience during their holidays, until they complete their degree. This will be discussed with all successful recipients by a Westpac representative.

2016 Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 tertiary study scholarships:

Te Ika-a-Māui:
Name: Stuart Leslie
Secondary School: Kerikeri High School
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāpuhi
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Bachelor of Commerce and Tourism Management Studies Conjoint degrees, Victoria University

Name: Kimihia Parata
Location: Te Ika-a-Māui
Secondary School: Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu & Ngāti Whātua
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Business and Communications conjoint degree, AUT


Te Waka-a-Māui:
Name: Hinemoana Markham-Nicklin
Location: Te Waka-a-Māui
Secondary School: Motueka High School
Iwi Affiliation: Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa
Intended area of tertiary study for 2017: Commerce and Law conjoint degree, Victoria University