Providing pathways to education and skills development is one of the key kaupapa of the iwi. 

There are several avenues available to iwi members wanting to further their education and skills development. For example, we provide grants to help tauira (students) meet the fees and/or course costs charged by education providers. Note that education grants are only made once a year and are for courses that start in the following academic year.

In general, applications open in mid-October and close in mid-November of each year. Applications are then assessed and grants paid direct to tertiary providers for study in the following academic year. Note: No money is paid direct to the tauira.

Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō currently have a partnership with Workforce Development Limited in providing Literacy & Numeracy up-skilling to members in the workforce.

This program involves the employer and the employee working with both Workforce Development and Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō over a 20 week course designed to improve individual skills relevant to the workplace environment.

These programs can be at no cost to our members and will improve prospects for promotion and future employment prospects.

Please contact us on if you are an employer wishing to know more about the program or a Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō member wishing to know more.

We regularly advertise employment and training opportunities through our Kia Hiwa Rā weekly email alert service, which is sent direct to email addresses held by us. it is also posted each week in the Pānui section of this website.

Please contact Lynne at or ring her on freephone 0800 578 900 for further information. 

For those looking for information on tertiary education options, we include the following links:

Te Puia Carving School (Rotorua)

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

NZ Broadcasting School (CPIT, Christchurch)