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Reach for the stars: a bright future is yours to seize with the Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship.

Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship

At New Zealand Health Group, we believe in putting equity into action – particularly when it comes to health and wellness in Aotearoa New Zealand. We want to enable more Māori to thrive in health related mahi, especially decision-making roles across the health sector: so to put our beliefs into action, we are offering our Māori Health Leadership Scholarship for the third year running.

This is the third year running that this workforce development scholarship is investing $20,000 in Māori individuals who are on a pathway to making a difference for health equity outcomes. A maximum of $10,000 may be awarded to any one individual per year, and the scholarship can be used to pay for tuition fees, living costs, or study-related costs.

We would love to see your application, and we hope that together we can raise the standard of health equity across the motu.

“Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana – a person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society. I see this scholarship as one way I am being nurtured by the wider community as I develop my aspiration to be a leader for Māori health.”

– Sophia Wairoa-Harrison

Scholarship recipient Sophia Wairoa-Harrison

Sophia Wairoa-Harrison, Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Scholarship recipient 2022

Scholarship recipient Destiny Robinson

Destiny Robinson, Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship recipient 2022

Who is eligible?

This scholarship is open to all Māori descendants who are currently living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and currently studying or about to embark on study. Applicants must also be able to:

  • Demonstrate their commitment to increasing Māori leadership within the health sector
  • Show their passion for health equity and building a responsive health service for Māori
  • Show their commitment to, and involvement in, Te Ao Māori

“I am a strong believer that our children are the foundations to our future, but if we can’t provide them with a great start to life, then we have failed their future. By becoming a qualified nurse I can help bring a much needed service for my community. I will be able to relieve some stress from the whānau here and have a hand in aiding and supporting the community.”

– Destiny Robinson

To Apply:

  • Complete the electronic application form (click on “Apply Now” button below) by 5pm Thursday 31 August 2023
  • Answer the questions in the application form
  • Provide all required documentation by 5pm Thursday 31 August 2023

All applications are assessed by panel of kaumatua, Māori health experts and health development leaders. Terms & Conditions apply

Am I eligible to apply?

Click on this box to find out

You must check all criteria below

  • Are you of Māori descent?
  • Do you currently live in Aotearoa?
  • Can you describe how the study you are wanting to complete/continue will have an impact on health equity?


Hiwa-i-te-rangi is the youngest child of Rehua and Matariki. ‘Hiwa’ means ‘vigorous of growth’ and ‘i te rangi’ means ‘in the sky’. Her role is to shine, providing illumination and motivation for us to step into the unknown. The job of Hiwa-i-te-rangi is to look after people’s wishes. For more, here is Dr Rangi Mataamua sharing a kōrero on Hiwa-i-te-rangi.


*[MATARIKI The Star of the Year, Dr Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) 2017]

Artwork by:  Tāmihana Katene, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Whātua

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to know more, please get in touch: [email protected]