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Reach for the stars and chase your dream with the Matariki Māori Support Worker Scholarship

Matariki Māori Support Worker Scholarship

The Matariki Māori Support Worker Scholarship programme is designed to help level the playing field for our kaimahi who have a passion for improving health equity and outcomes for Māori. 

As a Support Worker, you play a vital role in our team, and are part of one of the biggest and most impactful workforce groups in Aotearoa. We want to support you to achieve your study dreams and continue to thrive in the health workforce.

Our workforce development scholarship invests $10,000 each year shared amongst successful applicants who are on a path to make a difference for health equity outcomes.  A maximum of $5,000 can be awarded to any one individual in a year and the scholarship can be used to pay for tuition fees, living costs, or any bills related to your study.

We’d love to help you build your career in health in a way that’s meaningful for you and your community – apply today.

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Who is eligible?

This scholarship is open to all Māori Support Workers, who are:

  • currently employed by New Zealand Health Group and living in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • have Māori ancestry
  • working as a Support Worker and eligible to study in Aotearoa


If this sounds like you, tell us how your learning will improve Māori health equity and show your commitment and involvement in Te Ao Māori in your application.

To Apply:

  • Complete the electronic application form (click on “Apply Now” button below) by 5pm 31 July 2024
  • Answer the questions in the application form
  • Applications close 31 July 2024


All applications are assessed by panel of kaumātua, 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 a Support Worker, employed by New Zealand Health Group or by its subsidiaries?
  • Are you of Māori descent?
  • Do you currently live in Aotearoa?
  • Can you tell us how your learning will improve Māori health equity?


    Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment, and the gathering of people. Matariki is also connected to the health and wellbeing of people, which is what Support Workers do every day.  As a Support Worker, you enable people to maintain hope and aim for the stars to ensure health and wellbeing to reach their goals.

    Let us support you in making that dream come to fruition and enable more Māori to thrive and support their community.

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

    Artwork by:  Tāmihana Katene, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Whātua

    • Applicants must be active and currently employed as a Support Worker at New Zealand Health Group or one of its’ subsidiaries: e.g. HealthCare NZ, Geneva Healthcare, or NZCL.
    • 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.

    Contact Us

    If you would like any support with your application or support with finding study that you are passionate about please feel free to contact us for a kōrero – email [email protected]