Kupe Scholarships for Maori and Pasifika High Achievers

Closing date: after 23 September, applications open 25 November
Value of Award: $15,000 over 3 years plus course fees
No. of awards: 30
Tenure: Three years

Kupe Scholarships

Application Form


Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.


Selection criteria:

  • You must meet all the eligibility criteria to be assessed for a Kupe Scholarship. To be eligible you 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 Pasifika cultural knowledge • have support from your iwi/Pasifika community and Māori or Pasifika leaders in your community • be of New Zealand Māori or Pasifika descent.

General Information:

How do students apply?
You will be able to apply online or by post. There will be three application rounds, to ensure you get the greatest opportunity to applyand the chance to reapply should they be unsuccessful in an earlier round. Please see "Application Form" link below for details on each scholarship.
Kupe Scholarships
Application Form

Decision makers
Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme. The panel will positively weight applicants with Māori and Pacific cultural capabilities and those that intend to teach Science, Technology, Maths, te reo Māori or in ECE and Māori Medium settings. Positive weightings will be flexible and will may change dependent upon teacher supply pressures. We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Note: You can only be awarded one TeachNZ scholarship. If you have previously received a TeachNZ scholarship you are not eligible to reapply, even if you failed to meet the terms and conditions of that scholarship.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
If your application is successful, TeachNZ will send you: • a letter offering you a Kupe Scholarship • an agreement setting our the terms and conditions of the Kupe Scholarship.

Additional information
2020 Programme The 2020 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme will be launching on 19th August. It is now open to more people. If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved ITE programme - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early learning, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.  

Who else has information about this award?
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT KUPE SCHOLARSHIPS? Remember, we’re here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us at teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225. We can also provide you with general information on how to access other scholarships and financial support that may be relevant to you.  


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

TeachNZ
Ministry of Education

PO Box 1666 Thorndon

Phone: 0800 165 225

Email: teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz

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