Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships
The forestry scholarships aim to increase the number of highly trained people entering the forestry and wood processing sector. Find out about the scholarships, if you're eligible, and how to apply.
Greater diversity created through forestry scholarships
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is committed to creating greater diversity across forestry and wood processing. We encourage students who are Māori or identify as female to take up careers in forestry and help transform New Zealand's future.
A Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarship is your first step to a career in one of New Zealand's largest export earning industries.
Two forestry scholarships on offer
We're offering 2 forestry scholarships for students who begin study in the 2022 academic year and enrol in the Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
The scholarships aim to increase the number and diversity of people studying forestry, particularly Māori and those who identify as female. This is to ensure we have highly-trained people entering the forestry and wood processing sector.
What you will receive
If you are granted a scholarship you will receive:
- $6,500 each year of your 2-year diploma
- up to a 10-week paid internship during your course over summer with Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service or an appropriate forestry sector employer
- support from the scholarship coordinator and a buddy throughout the course.
Continuation of your scholarship depends on your successful completion each year.
Check if you are eligible to apply
To apply for a scholarship, you must be:
- enrolling in a Diploma in Forest Management
- of Māori descent or identify as female
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- interested in a career in forestry.
MPI employees or their immediate family members cannot apply for these scholarships.
How to apply
Apply by completing the application form.
Applications are open until 17 November 2021.
What you need to provide with your application
Read the following information carefully and provide all documents required. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
With your application form, you'll need to send us:
- testimonials or references
- education results
- evidence of citizenship or permanent residency
- evidence of Māori descent, if applicable.
Send the completed form and supporting documents to MPIForestryScholarships@mpi.govt.nz
1. Testimonials or references
You will need 2 testimonials or references from different sources and suitable referees. These could be from your:
- school or tertiary institution
- community group
Each reference must be signed and include a phone number. It should include an understanding of your:
- commitment to study forestry at tertiary level
- plans to work in the forestry or wood processing sector
- leadership skills and any leadership-type roles you have held, for example in your community or school.
Your referee cannot be an immediate family member.
2. Education results
If you've left school, you'll need to provide your NCEA summary, school certificate, or equivalent qualification. You can provide supporting comments if you want to explain your results.
If you are still at school, also include subjects you are studying this year.
If you have completed tertiary education, you'll need to provide your qualifications and course grades.
3. New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency
You will need to provide a copy of your New Zealand passport or birth certificate.
If you are a permanent resident, you will need to provide a copy of your visa.
4. Evidence of Māori descent (if applicable)
If you are applying based on your Māori descent you will need to provide proof of whakapapa.
This must be signed by a kaumātua, your iwi organisation/trust, or community leader.
How we will assess your application
Scholarships are awarded based on:
- your interest in forestry
- your commitment to study
- your academic ability (in particular your ability to complete the course)
- the value of the scholarship to you
- community leadership or ambassadorship potential.
We get this information from your application, past academic history, references, and during your Skype interview.
Selected applicants will be shortlisted for an interview once applications close.
Videos about the scholarships and forestry careers
Media release about the scholarships
Who to contact
If you have any questions:
- email MPIForestryScholarships@mpi.govt.nz
- phone 0800 00 83 33.