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. 


This scholarship will cover annual compulsory course fees and $1000 towards course materials and/or travel per annum for the duration of the course for up to three years (subject to annual satisfactory completion).

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



  • Applicants must be attending a recognised tertiary education provider in NZ
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a a degree-level course majoring in te reo Māori
  • Applicants must be a registered member of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
  • The successful applicant may have the opportunity to undertake work or an internship (in a paid capacity) for the iwi during course holidays (though no guarantee of work is provided by the Trust)
  • The successful applicant will make a commitment to participate in 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.  

If this sounds like you, please complete the application form and send to office@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz

Applications must be received at the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Blenheim office by 5pm on 5th February.