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.  It covers 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. 

One application round is offered annually, opening November 1 and closing December 1.

Please note: 

  • Applicant must be a registered member of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō;
  • The course selected must see the applicant majoring in te reo Māori;
  • Applicant must attend the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Hui ā Tau (AGM) each year while a recipient of the scholarship (travel costs will be met);
  • Applicant may be required to work (in a paid capacity) for the iwi during course holidays (though no guarantee of work is provided by the Trust).

Download an application form here