Mangatāwhai Pakihi


The Mangatāwhai Pakihi Scholarship was created in 2021 to provide a pathway for iwi members to be a part of our commercial future. This scholarship will incorporate employment opportunities, pathways, internships and mentoring.

Mangatāwhai is a point of convergence that links many of the trails used by our people. It represents where whānau would gather to trade in taonga such as Pounamu, Pākohe and Parāoa (Whalebone). ‘Manga’ means ‘branches’ and ‘Tāwhai’ is to travel. Mangatāwhai symbolises ‘to travel the branches’ that signify the various trade routes from the Wairau and westward down into the Kawatiri. The entrepreneurial skills and tikanga of our tīpuna are woven into the commercial framework of our iwi.

This scholarship will cover annual compulsory course fees of up to $5000 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 degree-level undergraduate course majoring in an area of Commerce or Business
  • 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

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