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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 fourth 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.

“The Hiwa-i-te-Rangi Scholarship holds great significance for me. It represents a profound commitment to the betterment of Māori communities – with this scholarship, I am not only receiving financial support but also a symbol of trust and encouragement from the community to contribute to the wellbeing of our people.

“After completing my social work degree, I am dedicated to using my knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact on Māori communities by providing culturally sensitive and holistic support, advocating for their rights, and facilitating access to essential resources and services.”

– Jakara Moon

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Jakara Moon, Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Scholarship recipient 2023

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Peter Parker, Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship recipient 2023

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


“The support of Hiwa-i-te-rangi is truly invaluable as it will significantly alleviate some of the burden of my course costs.

“I returned to study this year to pursue my dream of being a takūta (doctor). It came from a desire to seek more opportunities to grow my mātauranga hauora (health knowledge), mana tangata  (leadership skills) and takohanga (responsibility) in the community.

“I continue to strive to contribute to the improvement of the healthcare quality, equity and outcomes, particularly for Māori.”

– Peter Parker

To Apply:

  • Complete the electronic application form by 5pm Monday 31 July 2024
  • Answer the questions in the application form
  • Provide all required documentation by 5pm Monday 31 July 2024

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

Am I eligible to apply?

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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.


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

Artwork by:  Tāmihana Katene, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Whātua

  • Applicants must whakapapa Māori (be of Māori descent) and be able to state their Iwi in their application.
  • Applicants must live in Aotearoa.
  • Applicants must study in Aotearoa at a registered education provider.
  • Applicants must study a health related course.
  • Applicants must submit their application prior to the closing date stated on the website.
  • Applicants are participating members within their Iwi or hapori, or actively support Māori equity.

Contact Us

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