Te Tipu Whakarito Scholarship

Applications for the Te Tipu Whakarito Scholarship are open!

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:

  • Māori Medium immersion early childhood education centres
  • Māori Medium immersion primary schools or kura
  • Māori Medium immersion secondary schools or wharekura
  • English Medium secondary schools, teaching te reo Māori as a language

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

If you are proficient in te reo 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
  • Have proficiency in te reo Māori that meets the requirements of your tertiary provider
  • Have support from your iwi and/or Māori leaders in your community 

AND

Applicants who desire to teach in wharekura:

  • 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.

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.

As a Te Tipu Whakarito applicant, you will be required to complete the Personal Statement and Video Presentation in te reo Māori.

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.

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

Round 1 Scholarship Dates5

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 Tipu Whakarito 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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