RONA Foundation Scholarship Application 2023-24

RONA Foundation Scholarship (Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust) was founded to encourage Māori education, training, and research. It performs this by holding and operating the Trust Fund made available for these goals.

About RONA Foundation Scholarship (Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust)

RONA Foundation Scholarship (Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust) was made to support and accelerate Māori social and economic development by offering strategic leadership in education, crafts, and workforce development. It has two strategic primacy:

  1. higher levels of educational accomplishment amongst Māori; and
  2. higher levels of workforce participation by Māori in critical sectors of the economy

Eligibility, Requirements, and Criteria

The RONA Foundation Scholarship is open to full-time Māori undergraduate and graduate students registered at a New Zealand tertiary institute in 2024 in fisheries, aquaculture, or marine sciences degree. Priority will be given to those students who: are in their final year or second to the final year of study towards their degree; have demonstrated academic excellence; have demonstrated research experience; are interested in research with direct relevancy and/or application to fisheries and aquaculture initiatives; show a commitment to Tikanga Māori and te Reo Māori; show a commitment to operating in the seafood industry and are interested in making personal skills and expertise to help Māori economic and social development.

How To Apply for RONA Foundation Scholarship


  1. Download a copy of a PDF version of the Application Form attached and print it out OR download the Microsoft Word version and fill out as much as possible before printing and finishing it.
  2. Present the Application Form in one of the two (or both) formats:

a) as a scanned copy, with your photography, educational transcript, and Personal Statement/Essay as separate
attachments (scanned PDF or in other formats).

b) as a hard copy in the mail with hard copy attachments.

3. If you face uncertainties attaining Whakapapa Certification, Tertiary Institution Confirmation, or a Reference from your Kaumātua, etc, please feel free to scan and email through the Unfinished Application in the meantime, and
then deliver the full application once available.

RONA Foundation Scholarship Amount

The scholarship also shields the cost of attending the 2024 Conference – up to $1000.00.

Successful recipients will accept scholarship payments in the following installments:

– $3,000 on proof of being taken as a successful scholarship recipient.
– $3,000 on fulfillment of attendance at the 2024 Ngā Whetū Hei Whai! Charting Pathways to Māori Industry
Futures Conference – and requirement of first-semester academic results.
– $2,000 upon the condition of second-semester educational results AND/OR penultimate draft/final copy of your
– $1,000 spent towards the costs of travel, accommodation, and conference enrollment to attend the 2024 Ngā Whetū Hei Whai; Charting Pathways to Māori Industry Futures Conference organized by the Trust
– $1,000 towards the expenses of attending the 2024 Ngā Whetū Hei Whai – Charting Pathways to Māori Industry
Futures Conference.


Deadline and opening dates

Applications, including missing or corrected information, must get to the Māori Education Trust by 1st Paenga-whāwhā (May) 2024. (Late applications or details will not be taken after the closing date). If your application is successful all educational results must be sent to the Māori Education Trust.


Postal Address: PO Box 31213

Courier Address: IT Building, Te Whiti Park
Lower Hutt 5040 170a Whites Line East
Lower Hutt 5010

Email Address:
Phone: (04) 586 7971

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