Hauora Māori Scholarships 2019

Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accredited course (level seven or above at graduation), or health care worker training (level three or above at a recognised tertiary provider) in health and disability studies.

The purpose of the scholarship programme is to achieve greater participation by Māori in the health and disability workforce and to help ensure the delivery of quality health services for Māori.

2019 applications

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Applications opened: 5 pm Thursday 14 February 2019.

Applications closed: 5 pm Thursday 28 March 2019. 

Please note: Hard copy applications are not accepted. 

The scholarships are open to any person who:

  • is enrolled and attending a University, Polytechnic, Wānanga or Private Training Establishment based in New Zealand, and
  • has whakapapa and/or cultural links with te ao Māori or Māori communities, and
  • can demonstrate a commitment to and/or competence in Māori health and wellbeing studies, and
  • is studying a health and/or disability-related NZQA accredited course that will equip them for the Māori health and disability workforce.

The scholarships are not available to:

  • Ministry of Health employees
  • district health board employees.

Applicants may apply:

  • only once each year
  • under only one category (note: At its discretion, the Ministry may recategorise applications deemed to be incorrectly categorised)
  • online between 5.00 pm Thursday 14 February 2019 and 5.00 pm Thursday 28 March 2019.

To check if you are eligible to apply and to obtain further information, please read the guidelines for applicants.

Scholarship categories and levels

  • Scholarships are available in 11 categories. A guide of estimated scholarships awarded per category is included. Please note actual allocations change each year based on the assessment of applications. read the descriptions of the 11 categories before starting your application. Read more
  • Note that applications may be recategorised at the Ministry’s discretion.
  • Your course of study needs to be at the level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework that you would achieve when you graduate, for example degrees will be Level 7 and above; health care worker training certificates and diplomas will be level 3 and above. Check the NZQA website.

Instructions and tips on preparing an application

  • We have provided some instructions and tips on how to prepare an effective application. These have been updated so we suggest that you carefully read them, even if you have applied in previous years. 

Special awards

The Excellence Awards, John McLeod Scholarships and Te Apa Māreikura Awards are awarded at the discretion of the Ministry of Health. Applicants cannot apply directly for these special awards. 


If you would like any more information to help you complete your application, phone 0800 855 066 (8 am to 5 pm weekdays) to speak to a Customer Service Representative, or email customerservice@moh.govt.nz

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