Te Tipu Whakarito Scholarship

Applications for the 2024 Te Tipu Whakarito Scholarships are now open and will be closing on Tuesday 13 February 2024.

A Te Tipu Whakarito scholarship supports you to become a kaiako and follow your passion for te reo Māori.

The scholarship removes barriers by offering recipients financial assistance.

The scholarship is designed to assist applicants studying to teach in:

  • Kaupapa Māori and/or Māori Medium immersion early childhood education centres 

  • Kaupapa Māori and/or Māori Medium immersion primary schools or kura 

  • Kaupapa Māori and/or Māori Medium immersion secondary schools or wharekura 

  • English Medium secondary schools, teaching tereo Māori as a language 

There are options for graduates and undergraduate, from Early Childhood through to secondary and wharekura. 

If you are committed to growing your proficiency in tereo Māori and want to become a kaiako, this could be the scholarship for you. 



As a Te Tipu Whakarito Scholar you gain access to:

  • Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification
  • An allowance of $10,000 over the period of your study (limited to four years)

To be eligible, you are required to:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident 
  • Be enrolled on, have applied for, or be intending on enrol on an approved qualification 
  • Display a strong commitment to growing your proficiency in ter eo Māori that meets the requirements of your tertiary provider 
  • Have not previously received a TeachNZ scholarship 


Applicants who desire to teach in wharekura:

  • Applicants who desire to teach in wharekura must ensure they chose an ITE that ensures you: 

    • have a degree or graduate diploma with specialist secondary subject content at the 300 level in that qualification, for teaching to a senior level 

Applicants who desire to teach te reo in an English Medium secondary setting:

  • have a degree or graduate diploma with at least one 300-level paper in Māori studies, development, language, culture or society.

Please note: If you have already completed Initial Teacher Education Training or are already a registered teacher you are not eligible to apply for the TeachNZ Scholarships. Instead, we have Study Awards on offer - please look here.

Approved teaching qualifications are determined by the Teaching Council. They may be updated throughout the duration of the year. 

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.


To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. The application form will be made available when the scholarship programme opens.

You must submit your application on or before the application round closing date. 

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

Video Requirement

As part of the application process, you are required to produce a short three minute video and provide the link in your application form. Please refer to the information here about preparing your video.

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.

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 Tipu Whakarito are available to download on this page. 

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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