PhD Scholarship MBIE – Te Hotonga Hapori

Closing date: 30/11/2021
Extended to 30 Nov 2021
Value of Award: Stipend $30,000 plus domestic fees
No. of awards: One
Tenure: The tenure is three years (subject to satisfactory progress).


Project Summary

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A PhD Scholarship is available in the topic area of  ‘concepts of wellbeing and the impact of Urban Regeneration on Māori’. Te Hotonga Hapori – Connecting Communities offers an excellent opportunity to be part of a diverse team working in this critical area of research. The multidisciplinary and multi-university research team, led by Professor Scott Duncan, includes leading experts in community health and development, social geography, epidemiology, economics, urban design, Mātauranga Māori, and wellbeing assessment. Professor Tania Ka’ai, a Key Researcher, guides the team in Māori innovation and development, and Māori engagement and tikanga. This scholarship and resulting research will also be guided by Professor Ka’ai. Te Hotonga Hapori is a collaborative, co-design process involving partner organisations with a shared vision to understand how urban regeneration affects community wellbeing. It is centred on the multi-billion-dollar community-building projects taking place across Auckland by our industry partners Kāinga Ora (urban development agency) and Isthmus (integrated design studio). The overarching aim of this public-private investment is to improve liveability, community connections, and place-based identity by providing more homes as the foundation for regeneration.   This multi-layered research programme will provide direct evidence of the impact of urban regeneration on priority indicators of individual and collective wellbeing. We will employ innovative measurement approaches, including the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), interactive mapping systems, and mobile citizen science applications, to compare pre-post changes in wellbeing between residents affected by the developments and suitable comparison cohorts. This evidence will (1) guide ongoing investment to where it has the greatest impact on community wellbeing, (2) quantify the overall return on public sector investment, and (3) provide evidence to support the design and implementation of future community-building projects in NZ and overseas.

The Ministry of Business and Innovation Te Hotonga Hapori Scholarship is available to a Māori Doctoral student and will be attached to Te Ipukarea Research Institute, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).  We acknowledge that this topic is broad, however we are open to individual perspectives of appropriate research in this space. Undertaking a PhD with Te Ipukarea Research Institute, alongside the wider Te Hotonga Hapori team, offers a unique opportunity to study in this critical area of Research.

Selection criteria:

  • 1) Applicants must be of New Zealand Māori descent. 2) Applicants must fulfill all conditions to the Doctoral Programme at AUT University, which can be found on the AUT University website  This includes having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry.  For information on how to commence your application for admission to the doctoral programme, contact the  Graduate Research School on 3) Applicants will have an excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research. 4) Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and the recipient of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first-class honours. Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applicants must complete the AUT PhD Scholarship application online.  It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel. The following will need to be uploaded and submitted with the on-line Application Form: a) A cover letter describing your research experience and your interest in this project. b) A curriculum vitae including the names and contact details of two referees. c) A two-page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. d) Academic transcript(s) for previous tertiary study not completed at AUT. d) Reports from two academic referees. Please refer to the Regulations for full application requirements.
Project Summary
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Decision makers
Applications will be considered by the management team of the Māori concepts of wellbeing and the impact of urban regeneration on Māori project.  The Selection panel’s decision will be final.  If the selection panel is of the opinion that the applicants are not of sufficient merit; the scholarship will not be awarded, and the position may then be re-advertised.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Applicants will be notified by the University Scholarships Office when the panel have made their decision.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The award of the scholarship is conditional on the recipient gaining entry to and enrolling in an AUT Doctor of Philosophy programme.  The start date will depend on the completion of AUT University enrolment.  The scholarship is to be taken up by February 2022.

Additional information
A summary of the project can be viewed from the link on this page.

Who else has information about this award?
Professor Tania Ka'ai (

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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