Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

MPI is offering scholarships for Māori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.

E whakarato karahipi ana Te Manatū Ahu Matua ki ngā ākonga Māori, wahine rānei e uru ana ki te Tohu Paetahi Pūtaiao Uru Rākau i te Tohu Paetahi (Hōnoretanga) Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau rānei.

About the scholarships

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is offering 4 Forestry Scholarships in 2019 to:

  • develop skills in the forestry industry
  • encourage more Māori and women to work in the industry.

The scholarships are open to eligible students enrolled in either a:

  • Bachelor of Forestry Science – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi: Pūtaiao Uru Rākau, or
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi (Hōnoretanga): Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau.

Scholarship value

Each scholarship recipient gets:

  • $8,000 a year for 4 years (the length of the degree) to help with tuition fees and living costs
  • a paid internship of between 4 to 10 weeks with an appropriate employer in the forestry sector.

Existing scholarship awardees will need to reapply each year. Continuation of their scholarship will depend on academic performance and their intention to complete the course. 

Check if you are eligible to apply

To apply for a scholarship, you must be:

  • either a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • eligible to enrol by 31 March 2019 in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering 
  • of Māori descent and/or female.

MPI employees can't apply for the scholarships.

How to apply

Applications for 2019 scholarships open soon, check back here for updates. 

As part of the application, you'll need to provide the following information:

  • Cover letter – explain your reasons for applying. Outline your desire to study for a forestry degree, any experience you have working in the forestry industry, and your interest in working in the industry in the future.
  • Testimonials or references (at least 2) – from your school, tertiary institution, kaumātua (Māori elders), iwi, community group, church or employer. These should support your application, outlining how your personal qualities make you suitable for the scholarship. Ideally, they should give evidence of your leadership skills and involvement with school, iwi, community, sport or other activities. If not, make sure you include these in your cover letter.
  • School results – NCEA summary (if you are a school leaver), school certificate, or equivalent.
  • Tertiary results – evidence of any university results to date and any qualifications achieved.
  • Evidence of NZ citizenship or permanent residency
  • Evidence of Māori descent –  if you are of Māori descent, evidence of your whakapapa signed by a kaumātua.

How we'll assess your application

Scholarships are awarded based on applicants':

  • interest in and planned activities to support the New Zealand forestry industry
  • academic results
  • potential leadership skills, service to iwi or the community, or sporting and cultural activities
  • agreement to help develop and promote the New Zealand forestry industry (such as through school visits and career days).

Who to contact

If you have questions, email

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