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About the scholarship

Northland Regional Council’s scholarship is to recognise and support students to undertake study, research or training that relates to council’s environmental and regulatory functions – providing a springboard for future environmental leaders and champions, whilst contributing to council’s vision ‘Our Northland – together we thrive’.

The scholarship aims to:

  • Build Māori capacity within Te Taitokerau and assist students to pursue further education
  • Encourage greater uptake of tertiary education aimed at protecting the environment
  • Develop connections between tertiary students and council
  • Provide support to students experiencing financial hardship and difficulties
  • Encourage mātauranga Māori research and education.
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Eligibility criteria

The scholarship is available to students who:

  • Are a NZ citizen or permanent resident
  • Reside in, have family that reside in or have whakapapa (a genealogical connection) to Te Taitokerau
  • Are studying at an undergraduate or higher qualification level
  • Are enrolled (or intend to enrol) in a recognised tertiary course of study that relates to council’s environmental and regulatory functions.

Council’s environmental and regulatory functions include these areas:

  • Environmental science and data analysis
  • Flood and natural hazard engineering and management
  • Biosecurity
  • Water management
  • Climate change
  • Environmental planning and policy
  • Geographic information system (GIS)
  • Land management

How to apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarships have CLOSED. The following supporting documentation is what you will need if you decide to make an application next time.
  • A CV – maximum of two pages.

  • Complete the Personal Statement section that includes the following:
    - Tell us about yourself (including your whakapapa or connection to Te Taitokerau).
    - Why did you apply for the Tū i te ora Scholarship?
    - What are you studying (or intending to study) and at which tertiary institute?
    - How does your study relate to council’s environmental and regulatory functions?
    - What would it mean to you to receive this financial support?
    - Your current or past involvement in community and/or environmental activities.

  • Proof of enrolment (or intention to enrol) in tertiary study such as a transcript, invoice or letter of confirmation.

  • Two references (one each of academic and character).
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Selection criteria

When assessing applications, the panel may take into consideration any/all of the following:

  • Academic merit
  • Whakapapa to Te Taitokerau
  • Community involvement
  • Financial need
  • Relevance of studies (to council’s environmental and regulatory functions).
Please note: Four scholarships are dedicated to Māori (who whakapapa to Te Taitokerau) and one is dedicated to a student undertaking study, research or training related to council’s land or water functions.


All successful recipients will be required to provide evidence of enrolment and approved papers for the semester before payment is made and results of their studies for 2022 when requested. Recipients will need to be available if requested to attend a council meeting, interviews, or for promotional purposes.

Meet our recipients

Tayla Bamber

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts conjoint, majoring in Ecology, Biodiversity and Political Science

Josh Otene

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) – Marine

Aya Morris

Master of Sustainable Development Goals

Maria Secker

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)

Shavonne Toko

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)

Taiawhio Wati

Master of Resource and Environmental Planning.

Fern Donovan

Master of Science

Rosa Harper

Master of Science in Society (Science Communication)