Kath Hemi Huia Kaimanawa Scholarship


Ko te reo kia tika, ko te reo rere, ko te reo kia Māori


The Kath Hemi Huia Kaimanawa Scholarship was created in 2019 to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori and is open to registered iwi members studying towards a tertiary qualification majoring in te reo Māori.

Named after one of the matriarchs of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, the late Kath Hemi, QSM, the scholarship acknowledges her lifetime commitment to te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. Aunty Kath dedicated her life to the revitalisation of te reo Māori through being actively involved in many kaupapa throughout Te Tauihu and Aotearoa, including kapa haka, kohanga reo, the establishment of Omaka Marae and of course the revitalisation of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō language and cultural identity.

The scholarship aims to actively increase the number of te reo Māori speakers amongst our iwi. 

Scholarship recipients will receive $5,000 per year towards course fees and $1,000 towards course materials and/or travel per annum for the duration of the course, for up to three years (subject to annual satisfactory completion and submission of results).

One scholarship is available annually, with up to three scholars being funded at any one time. 

The successful applicant may have the opportunity to undertake work or an internship (in a paid capacity) for the iwi on occasion (though no guarantee of work is provided by the Trust)


Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a registered member of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
  • Applicants must be attending a recognised tertiary institution in NZ
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an under graduate degree-level course, majoring in te reo Māori



  • The successful applicant will make a commitment to participate and assist with iwi events where possible
  • The successful applicant will provide a report twice yearly to the Trustees of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. This is a way to offer the Trust an insight into how your tertiary experience is going, any challenges you may be facing, and a chance to share in any successes you may be achieving.  
  • Scholarship recipients agree to the use of their photograph and summary profile being featured in Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō publications and digital media.
  • Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō has entered into a partnership with the Māori Education Trust which allows our successful grant/scholarship recipients to receive additional funding for their study. As such, the applicant agrees to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Charitable Trust sharing this application and all associated documentation with the Māori Education Trust, for the purposes of receiving additional funding for tertiary studies.
  • The successful applicant is ineligible for further education grants and scholarships from the Trust during the period of receiving this scholarship.
  • The Trust’s decision on any application is final.



All information provided by applicants is held by the Trust in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Privacy Act.



Applications for 2023-2024 have now closed.