Rotomairewhenua Taiao Scholarship


The Rotomairewhenua Taiao Scholarship was created in 2021 to invest in the the future taiao interests of the iwi.  The scholarship is open to registered iwi members studying towards a tertiary qualification majoring in an environmental field.

Rotomairewhenua is a significant wāhi tapu site for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. The pure waters recognised as the clearest in the world, are where our tīpuna would cleanse the remains of our people who had passed on. From here they would lay them in sacred burial caves and their spirit would follow the maunga to Onetāhua and return to the ancestral homeland. The waters of Rotomairewhenua represent our aspirations for our taiao, a pristine legacy we envision for our future generations.

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō are actively involved in ensuring we are accountable and responsible kaitiaki of our taiao.  This scholarship will incorporate employment opportunities, pathways, internships and mentoring. It covers 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 a registered member of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
  • Applicants must be studying towards an undergraduate qualification
  • 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 enquire via email to

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