Te Whatu Ora Te Pitomata grants support the development of Māori health and disability workforce.

The grants can contribute to tuition fees, course related costs and costs of living for eligible students of Māori descent undertaking a course in a health or disability-related studies, accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or through a provider supporting the education of future rongoā Māori practitioners.

 The grants are open to full and part-time students and offer:

  • $2,500 per successful Rongoā applicant
  • $5,500 per successful Clinical (Undergraduate) and
  • $10,000 per successful Postgraduate (Clinical and Non-Clinical) applicant

Some FAQs are listed below. If you have more questions, please email: Tepitomatagrants@TeWhatuOra.govt.nz

Who can apply for Te Pitomata grants?

Tertiary students of Māori descent who are enrolled in a health and disability-related course/qualification approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider or through a provider supporting the education of future rongoā Māori practitioners in New Zealand.

Students must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application. Please check our guidelines for a list of eligible qualifications.

Guidelines for Te Pitomata grants

I have been awarded a grant/scholarship from another source. Am I still eligible for a Te Pitomata grant?

You may still be eligible for a Te Pitomata grant, even if you have received a grant/scholarship from another source. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

I am studying a clinical (undergraduate degree) that is not nursing, medical or midwifery. Is the Allied Health, Scientific & Technical (AHS&T) category the correct category for me?

Aē (Yes), the AHS&T is the correct category.  If you are studying rongoā or at postgraduate level, please apply through the Rongoā or Postgraduate (Clinical and Non-clinical) categories.

How can I apply for a Te Pitomata grant?

Please apply using this link: https://tepitomatagrants.tewhatuora.govt.nz

How are grant applicants assessed?

An assessment panel will review completed grant applications according to a set criteria, including: your why and drive for hauora, connection and/or mahi with your hapū/iwi/community; what is important to you and your future hauora aspiration; and what your hauora aspirations are for your hapū/iwi/community.

When do applications for Te Pitomata close?

Applications for Te Pitomata Grants close on June 16th 2024 at 11.59pm.

Why do you need My Health Account?

My Health Account is Te What Ora’s digital health identity service. It lets you connect to your health information or services online from anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Your My Health Account enables you to log in to the Māori Health Scholarships applications portal. We will only use your My Health Account as a way to prove who you are. We will not have access to any of your personal health information

If you are having trouble or have any questions about My Health Account: 

  • Call 0800 222 478 or +64 9 307 6155 Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm NZT, or 9am-2pm on weekends.
  • Email support@identity.health.nz Please include the make and model of your phone or computer, as well as the operating system you are running and, if your query relates to a specific issue you are experiencing, a brief description of the issue.

How will you use the information I provide?

In accordance with the Privacy Act 2020, you can find out more about what personal information is collected by Te Whatu Ora for Te Pitomata Grants Programme and how that information will be used, stored and shared in our Privacy Statement.

Privacy statement for Te Pitomata grants

When will I find out whether my application has been approved?

An assessment panel will review all applications. You can follow the progress of your application via the application portal and will also be notified of the outcome via email.

Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks after the closing date for applications to be processed and reviewed.

What categories are included under the Te Pitomata grants?

Please check our guidelines for more information on the categories

Guidelines for Te Pitomata grants

What are the eligible qualifications?

Please check our guidelines for a list of eligible qualifications.

Guidelines for Te Pitomata grants