Ngai Tahu Tourism Scholarship - Te Pia Tāpoi

Closing date:
Value of Award: $6000
No. of awards: Awarded by selection
Tenure: Scholarship details: • Up to $6,000 toward course fees per year for three years • Opportunity to participate in Aoraki Bound • Paid summer holiday work in one of NTT’s businesses. No accommodation will be provided.    


Ngāi Tahu Tourism is again running its Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship for Ngāi Tahu students studying a tourism qualification.  

This is an opportunity for a person of Ngāi Tahu descent who is either starting or already studying a tourism qualification and would like support with study fees (up to $6000 per year for three years), the chance to get paid holiday work and invaluable work experience, and to learn more about their iwi.  

Selection criteria:

  • Students must: • be registered with the Ngāi Tahu whakapapa unit • be enrolling or currently studying an NZQA approved tertiary qualification in tourism • have a satisfactory academic record or suitable personal references • be available to work in either Queenstown, Rotorua or Franz Josef during the summer holiday period • have an interest in working in the tourism sector • be committed to participating in a cultural programme • be committed to learn or improve te reo Māori skills

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications are currently closed. Please check back here for updates on when they will reopen.   If you are Ngāi Tahu, we want you!

Decision makers
Tēnā koe! Are you interested in tourism and keen to make your mark on the industry? Want to work for one of the largest tourism operators in Aotearoa? Applications for Ngāi Tahu Tourism's Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship are now open and we're looking for a Ngāi Tahu student who is starting or already studying a tourism qualification.  

How and when do students learn of the decision?
This scholarship is an opportunity for someone enthusiastic and hard-working to get support with study fees, paid holiday work and opportunities to grow their cultural skills.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Terms and conditions will apply Manaakitanga (hospitality) is the core value that drives the way we do business; connecting with and taking care of manuhiri (visitors) goes to the heart of Māori culture and is the essence of what we do. Tourism allows Ngāi Tahu to host visitors, reconnect with the environment and to share our most precious treasures and stories.

Additional information
Ngāi Tahu Tourism owns and operates some of the most iconic experiences in Aotearoa, from the thrills of Shotover Jet to the tranquillity of the Hollyford Valley. We have 11 businesses in spectacular locations and we host one million manuhiri each year. It is our goal to make the connection with our visitors through our team, to Aotearoa and to Ngāi Tahu, ensuring they have an experience they will remember forever.  

Who else has information about this award?
James Tawa 021731352 This video featuring our Chief Executive Quinton Hall explains more:

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

Connie Nicholson-Port
General Manager People and Capability - Ngai Tahu Tourism.
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Ngāi Tahu Tourism 15 Show Place, Addington, PO Box 3075,
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 371 0185


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