Kua Hii Ake te Ata - Study Award


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Kei a mātau he pūtea moni hei awhi i ngā tauira Māori. Ko te tūmanako ka whai mai koutou e hiahia ana ki tēnei momo āwhina.

We are pleased to offer our Māori students the opportunity to apply for financial assistance. We hope those of you interested will apply here.


Our Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Awards are aimed at encouraging and supporting our Māori students towards completing a Level 4 or above qualification.

How to apply

Applications are now open for the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Awards 2024.

Complete the application form below and submit it by:

  • 30 July for stage 1 or
  • 30 November 2024 for stage 2.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by email.


Criteria and conditions

Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled at the Open Polytechnic
  • have successfully completed courses towards achieving a Level 4 or above qualification e.g. at least half of a diploma (minimum 3 courses) or a full year of degree study (6 courses)
  • provide proof of New Zealand Māori heritage
  • provide evidence of financial need. You will be asked to briefly describe how the Study Award will assist you financially
  • agree to the Terms and Conditions laid out at the bottom of the application form.

Pātai Mai

If you have any questions about this scholarship contact the  Māori  Office by phone or email:

Nāku te rourou, Nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
With my contribution and your contribution everyone will prosper.


Application form

Personal details

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Verification of Māori Heritage

You must provide proof of New Zealand Māori Heritage

An authorised person must attest to your New Zealand Māori Heritage. Please provide the contact details for the authorised person who can confirm your iwi affiliation.

An authorised person can be a Kaumatua, Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Māori Liaison Officer, registered teacher or authorised person at your Runanga Office. It cannot be a sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent.


Authorised person's contact details

Financial need


Provide the contact details for two referees.

The referees may be contacted by the Study Award Selection Panel to support your application and comment on your personal qualities. Referees cannot be family members, but could be a tutor, kaumatua, minister or community leader, employer or supervisor.

For each referee, provide their full name, email address, contact phone number and relationship to you.


Referee 1 contact details:

Referee 2 contact details:

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions of the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award are:

1. Previous Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
2. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
3. The Open Polytechnic reserves the right not to grant Study Awards should the selection panel consider there are no suitable candidates.
4. All decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into.


Read the following declaration

I declare that all of the information in this application form is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I agree to abide by the decision of Open Polytechnic with respect to this application and authorise Open Polytechnic to use and disclose personal information in this application form for the purposes of: 

1. Assessing my application for the Kua Hii Ake te Ata Study Award
2. Promotional purposes should I receive a study award.

Thank you for taking the time to apply.

Please ensure the details above are complete and correct, then use the SUBMIT button below to complete your application.

You will receive an automated email containing a copy of your application for your records. If you do not receive this email within two hours, please contact us on Freephone 0508 650 200.