Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers

Applications for the 2019 TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships are now open.

The 2019 TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers are now open.

Apply online, or by post, now.

Please complete your application by 22 February 2019 for it to be considered in the second round of assessment. You will be notified of your outcome by 28 March 2019.

If you're thinking of applying, we can also offer you some helpful advice before you complete your application. Click here to find out more.

Note: Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an approved teaching programme before applying for Kupe Scholarships. 

The information below applies to the 2019 TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High achievers.

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?

Kupe Scholars strike out for far horizons and chart new territory on their quest to succeed. They embrace diversity and bring energy and enthusiasm to teaching. The bar is set high, but if you're among the select few chosen, you'll enjoy increased status and leadership potential with future employers. 

Kupe Scholars receive:

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

Terms and conditions apply. Find out more about approved teaching qualifications.

More information on the recipients of the 2018 TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships can be found here.



Study type Number available Application dates Value
All sectors
Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers (ECE, Primary and Secondary) Full time, * up to three years 30

Second Round

17 December 2018 - 22 February 2019

Course fees + $15,000 over the period of study


Applicants must: 

  • be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or resident of at least three years
  • 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)
  • have integrity, leadership and vision
  • have Māori or Pacific cultural knowledge
  • have support from your iwi/Pacific community and Māori or Pacific leaders in your community
  • be of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent.

Need help?

You can learn more about scholarships by reading our Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions page.

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.

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