Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers

The second application round of the 2020 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme has recently closed.

To be a Kupe scholar is to embody the great discoverer. 

You must have a desire to strike out for far horizons and chart new territory on your journey to learn and grow.

You must embrace diversity and bring energy, intellect and enthusiasm to studying and teaching.

You must represent your whānau with pride and passion.

Although the bar is set high, if you're among the prestigious 30 chosen, you'll enjoy increased status and leadership potential with future employers. 

If you're of Māori or Pacific descent and you can see yourself becoming an outstanding role model in early childhood, primary or secondary education, consider applying to become a Kupe Scholar. Only 30 can be chosen. Will you be among them?

As a Kupe Scholar you gain access to:

  • Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification
  • An allowance of $15,000 over the period of your study (limited to three years)
  • A prestigious Kupe Keepsake – a reminder of your commitment to charting new territory and of our commitment to helping you succeed
  • Mentoring, to help you thrive throughout your studies and into employment.

To be eligible, you are required to:

  • be of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent.
  • have Māori or Pacific cultural knowledge
  • have integrity, leadership and vision
  • have support from your iwi/Pacific community and Māori or Pacific leaders in your community
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • have successfully completed at least one full year of your approved teaching qualification, OR have academic excellence and be enrolled in an approved Graduate Diploma/Master of Teaching
  • have a B+ grade average or above (applies to undergraduate only)

To find out more about approved teaching qualifications click here.

Fees and allowance payments are only paid upon meeting the requirements of a scholarship. To receive allowance payments you  are required to be a full-time student (or have ‘limited full-time status’ from StudyLink) and pass all of your academic year.

Further terms and conditions apply.


You can apply online, or by post.

The notification date for the second application round is 12 March 2020.

Round 2 onwards dates6

Please be aware, that due to the limited availability of the Kupe Scholarship (30) they may all be allocated before the third round.

We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

You can apply for multiple scholarships, but can only be granted one. Part-time options are available.

For more information and tips on applying click here.

Need more help?

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

You can also learn more about our scholarships by watching the videos and exploring the links on the left of this page.

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