Otago Polytechnic

Māori student support

The Kaitautoko is available to provide guidance and support to Māori students and assist with a range of individual issues including enquiries regarding scholarships. They are one of the staff at Te Punaka Owheo. 



 Te Punaka Owheo

Te Punaka Owheo is the Polytechnic's Māori Centre and it includes Poho which is the Māori student space, equipped with computers, internet and a kitchen. There is kai available for breakfast. We also cook lunches for Māori students every Wednesday at 12pm, so pop in and meet the Māori staff and other Māori students.

Te Punaka Owheo
Dunedin Campus
Off Harbour Terrace 

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 Scholarships for Māori students

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. To find out more, please view the Rūnaka Scholarship information form. 

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. To find out more, please view the Mataawaka Scholarship information form.

To find out more information about other scholarships offered by Otago Polytechnic, please click here

Maori 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. 

To find out more information about undergraduate scholarships, please click here.

To find out more information about postgraduate scholarships, please click here

 Iwi funding

There are many different types of iwi funding options available to Māori students and we can help find the best option for you. 

To access Iwi funding for tertiary education you need to be registered as a descendant. Registration forms for individual Iwi are listed below.

If you need help finding out which iwi you belong to or iwi endorsement details, please contact:

Contact Rebecca:


Student Advisor