Maori children in New Zealand are less likely to attend early childhood education and progress to senior levels of secondary school than children of other races, according to a 1998 report. The report to the Minister of Maori Affairs is entitled "Progress towards Closing Social and Economic Gaps between Maori and Non-Maori." The indigenous Maori children are also less likely to undertake formal college level training, particularly in universities. Maori education grants and scholarships are meant to help close these gaps.
The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board grant is available to those attending a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognized college, years 12 and 13 at secondary level and registered early childhood schools including kohanga reo (language nests). People with special needs (impaired or disabled) are invited to apply. Applicants must be descendents of the central North Island tribe, Ngati Tuwharetoa.
Maori Education Trust
The Maori Education Trust (MET) was formed under the Maori Education Foundation Act 1961. Funded by private trusts and bequests, this organization provides and administers scholarships for Maori students. The MET also administers scholarships on behalf of the Ministry of Education and other agencies. Part of its mission statement reads, “To enable Maori to achieve our cultural, spiritual social, political and economic aspirations” and, “To facilitate Maori authority over Maori Education.”
The Manaaki Tauira education grants for Maori students, offered by the Ministry of Education, give financial assistance to Maori students for college study. At Massey University College of Sciences, these grants assist Maori students with part payment of tuition fees when they have been accepted into an accredited course. In addition, The kaitautoko (Maori student advisory) service supports Maori students in whatever way is necessary while they are enrolled at Massey University.
The Ngarimu VC and 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships are available to Maori students currently studying at a tertiary (college) level. According to the Awanuiarangi University website, scholarships available, as of 2010, are: (1) three undergraduate scholarships valued at $NZ10,000 per year for up to five years; (2) one master's scholarship valued at $NZ15,000 per year for up to two years; (3) one doctoral scholarship valued at $NZ25,000 per year for up to two years; and (4) one manakura/leadership scholarship valued at $NZ30,000 for one year,
The University of Otago
The University of Otago Study Grants for 2011/12 are of $NZ3,000, for students of Maori or Pacific Island origin to study at postgraduate level at the University of Otago, New Zealand's top-ranked university for research.
Lorena Cassady has written professionally since 1982. She was an instructor and mentor teacher for a Bachelor of Arts in management program and has administered a home-health agency. She has been published in "Traveler's Tales" and holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University. Cassady is bilingual.