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Education Grants

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Assisting our members to realise their aspirations and to realise academic success.

Our 2023 Education Grants are now open

Apply now for our 2023 Education Grants

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust is committed to assisting our members to realise their educational aspirations and realise academic success. Our education grants are guided by the Educational Grants policy and the key principles of the policy are:

  • Facilitating opportunities for Te Atiawa iwi members to be well educated and to participate in life-long learning;
  • Promoting and rewarding educational excellence;
  • Facilitating access to quality education and training opportunities; and
  • Fostering a commitment to contribute the knowledge and skills gained through education for the future benefit of Te Atiawa iwi.

Te Kotahitanga is offering four types of grants to our members:

  1. Postgraduate grant ie. Post Grad Diploma, Masters, PhD
  2. Undergraduate grant ie. Bachelor’s Degree
  3. Tertiary grant ie. Certificate or Diploma
  4. Secondary school grant ie. Year 11-13 students

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant MUST satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be of Te Atiawa descent and a registered member of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust (if you would like to register please complete an online registration form; the whakapapa committee only meets quarterly so we ask that you contact the office to find out when you may receive your confirmation of registration);
  • Be enrolled with a Government recognised tertiary institution or secondary school in New Zealand;
  • Submit a fully completed application including a personal statement and all required information by the closing date (incomplete or late applications will not be considered);
  • Provide proof of enrolment for the year of the grant application and a transcript or report of the applicant’s grades for the previous year; and
  • Provide acceptable evidence of a bank account (See Studylink for list of acceptable evidence
  1. Grants are open to full and part-time students who meet the criteria.
  2. Grants are open to applicants of all ages that meet the criteria.

Applications close 1 April 2023

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa are proud Taihonoa Partners of Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.

Tertiary education grants and scholarships awarded by Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa are matched dollar-for-dollar by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington through the Taihonoa partnership programme.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and must submit your scholarship application prior to the closing date.



Some of the common questions that have been asked about the Education Grants process.

If I apply for an Undergraduate or a Postgraduate scholarship and I am unsuccessful, will my application be considered for a Tertiary grant?

An unsuccessful application for an Undergraduate or a Postgraduate grant will automatically be assessed for a Tertiary grant. This does not mean the applicant will be successful for a Tertiary grant, but rather that it will be considered alongside all other Tertiary grant applicants.

What if I am not a registered member?

It is recommended that you register with Te Kotahitanga now. Here is a link to our registration page

What if I am only studying part-time?

A part-time student is eligible to apply for a Tertiary, Undergraduate or Postgraduate grant, but if successful will only receive 50% of the grant value.

What is the definition of a full-time student?

A full-time student is equivalent to 1EFTS or 120 credits/points for the year of study
Definition of Full Time:
Definition of EFTS:

What is the definition of a part-time student?

A part-time student is a partial EFTS (meaning anything under 1EFTS) and is enrolled with less credits/points (meaning anything under 120 credits/points)

How do I know if I am studying at a Recognised Institution?

A Recognised Institute is registered with NZQA. Either contact the institution to find out or search for the institution at

What is appropriate evidence of a bank account?

Studylink have examples of acceptable evidence for a bank account

Will I be declined if I have been successful for other grants?

No, this information is not used as a criterion to assess grant applications.

What is an acceptable form for an academic transcript of my previous year’s results?

Studylink have examples of acceptable evidence for an academic transcript

What is sufficient evidence to verify enrolment?

Correspondence from your institution that you are enrolled, with your name and address eg, Enrolment Letter, Confirmation of Enrolment, Letter from Supervisor, Letter from Principal, Studylink Agreement.

Are you registered?

Register now.