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.

Nine forestry scholarships on offer

We're offering 9 forestry scholarships for students who begin study in the 2022 academic year and enrol in one of these courses:

  • Bachelor of Forestry Science at University of Canterbury and are Māori or identify as female
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering (open to all applicants entering from their first year), or
  • Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and are Māori or identify as female.

Three scholarships will be awarded for each course.

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.

The scholarship scheme has been running since 2018 and has awarded 22 scholarships to date.

School of Forestry and its courses – University of Canterbury

Diploma in Forest Management – Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

What you will receive

If you are granted a scholarship you will receive:

  • $8,000 a year for 4 years of your degree to help with your tuition fees and living costs
  • $6,500 each year of your 2-year diploma.

You will also get:

  • 4 to 10-week paid internships each 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 Bachelor of Forestry Science, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering, or a Diploma in Forest Management
  • of Māori descent or identify as female (if applying for the diploma or the Bachelor of Forestry Science scholarship)
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • interested in a career in forestry.

You may be able to enrol at another university for the first year of your degree, but you will need that course approved by the University of Canterbury's School of Forestry.

MPI employees or their immediate family members cannot apply for these scholarships.

How to apply

Apply by completing the application form.

Applications for 2022 open on 1 June 2021 and close on 15 August 2021.

Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships application form [PDF, 222 KB]

What you need to provide with your application

With your application form, you'll need to send us:

  1. testimonials or references
  2. education results
  3. evidence of citizenship or permanent residency
  4. evidence of Māori descent, if applicable.

Send the completed form and supporting documents to

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
  • kaumātua
  • iwi
  • community group
  • employer.

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 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

See what other students have to say about the scholarships – YouTube

Learn about the benefits of higher-level forestry study and career opportunities – YouTube

Media release about the scholarships

New forestry scholarships encourage more people into forestry careers (10 May 2021)

Who to contact

If you have any questions:

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