Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers

Applications for the Kupe Scholarship are open!

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)

Approved teaching qualifications are determined by the Teaching Council. They may be updated throughout the duration of the year. To find out which Initial Teacher Education courses are considered approved, please check the scholarship guide. If you believe you are enrolled on a course that should be considered approved for this scholarship, please contact a member of the TeachNZ team.

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 statuses from StudyLink) and pass all of your academic year.

Further terms and conditions apply.

Applying

To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. You can complete an application form by opening the link on the right-hand of this page.

There are three application rounds to ensure you have the greatest opportunity to apply - and reapply if you are unsuccessful. You must submit your application on or before the application round closing date.

Due to demand of the Kupe scholarship, there is an expectation that by the third application round it will only be open to applicants with mid-year enrolments starting their first year of study.

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

Round 1 Scholarship Dates2

We appreciate that completing the application form can be a challenging task. We have a team on hand and more information across our website and in our scholarship guide, to make sure you hand in the strongest application you can.

The programme is inclusive and rewards outstanding applicants. Outstanding to TeachNZ goes beyond academic achievement. The programme recognises passion, leadership, good communication, lived experiences and also places value on Māori and Pacific cultural competencies and language skills.

The assessment panel evaluate each application against a number of criteria. They reflect on how applicants express their relationship and engagement skills, communication skills, leadership, motivations to teach and cultural capabilities. As well as judging an application on these merits, the assessment panel consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme.

Notification and Accepting a Scholarship

If your application is successful, we will email you a scholarship offer email with an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the scholarship. Example terms and conditions for the Te Huarau are available to download on this page. You can also find more information about accepting a scholarship in the scholarship guide and here.

We will also contact you if your application was unsuccessful and to let you know if the assessment panel have rewarded you with a reserve or alternative scholarship offer.

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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