Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pacific High Achievers

Due to exceptional demand, applications have closed, and will not reopen, for the 2019 Kupe Scholarships.

Applications for the 2020 scholarships will open soon.

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You will be able to apply online, or by post.

Note: Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an approved teaching programme before applying for Kupe Scholarships. You can check all of the approved programmes by downloading the Scholarships Guide on our Scholarships home page.

The information below applies to the 2020 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

First round

17 September 2018 - 26 October 2018

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


Applicants must: 

  • 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)
  • 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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