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 Forestry Scholarships in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to:

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

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

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

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

How to apply

Applications for 2019 scholarships have now closed. 

Applications for 2020 are likely to open in June 2019 and close mid-August 2019. Keep checking this page for updates – we'll provide details as soon as they're confirmed. 

When applications open, to apply for Forestry Scholarships you'll need to:

Download the Forestry Scholarship application form [PDF, 185 KB]

Supporting documents and information

Prepare the following information to support your application.

Cover letter that explains your:

  • interest in working in the forestry industry
  • leadership experience and/or how you have been involved in your community (such as through school, iwi, community, sporting, cultural or other activities)
  • wish to study forestry at university.

Testimonials or references (at least 2) – from your school, tertiary institution, kaumātua (Māori elders), iwi, community group, church, employer, or other suitable referee. Your referees can't be immediate family members.  

References should outline your referee's understanding of:

  • your plans to work in forestry in the future
  • how you have led and/or helped others in the community
  • your commitment to study forestry at university.

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 – a photocopy of your New Zealand passport or birth certificate or the permanent resident visa in your passport.

Evidence of Māori descent – if you are applying based on your Māori descent, the name and contact details of a person, such as a kaumātua, who can verify your whakapapa.

How we'll assess your application

Scholarships are awarded based on applicants':

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

If you are shortlisted:

  • you'll need to be available for a Skype interview
  • the person who can verify your whakapapa (if you applied on the basis of Māori descent) will need to be contactable by phone.

Who to contact

If you have questions, email

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