Otago Polytechnic


Otago Polytechnic offers a range of scholarships for Māori students. These scholarships provide you with financial support - so that you can focus on your learning.


Rūnaka Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the contribution students make to their rūnaka and local community. It is offered to four students (one from each of the four local Rūnaka), for study in a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic. Full fees are paid for the duration of study.

Find out more about the Rūnaka Scholarship. 


Mana Pounamu Scholarship

The purpose of this Scholarship is to celebrate Māori who have been nominated as recipients of Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Awards. It is offered to all senior/final year recipients of the Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Award.


Mataawaka Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to Māori students who whakapapa outside the Kai Tahu rohe who are studying at Otago Polytechnic. Each scholarship awarded covers one year of tuition fees. This scholarship has been developed within a relationship between Otago Polytechnic and local Kai Tahu rūnaka. Applications for this scholarship close in March.

Find out more about the Mataawaka Scholarship.

Find out more information about other scholarships offer by Otago Polytechnic


Māori Education Trust 2017 

The Māori Education Trust 2017 Scholarship Programme is now open, and offers scholarships to secondary and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarships' criteria. There are undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available. 

Find out more information about undergraduate scholarships.

Find out more information about postgraduate scholarships

Interested in applying for a scholarship? 
Contact us at tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz
Your iwi may also provide funding for tertiary education, it is worth looking at their websites as well.

Other scholarships
Take a look at more scholarships and iwi funding on offer to Māori students at Otago Polytechnic.