We acknowledge Māui Tikitiki a Taranga as the embodiment of the qualities to which we aspire as Māori; Māui the curious, the courageous, the quick-witted, the adventurer, the seeker and provider of well-being for his people.
Tonganui is the name of the ancient whare whakairo within the pantheon of Tangaroa. When Māui cast his hook into the ocean, it descended through the roiling seas, of Rehua, of Ere Toro, to the house of Tonganui. Te Matau a Māui lodged in this house, and by this House was the Ika a Māui brought to the ocean surface.
Tonganui represents attainable educational potential; and through it, prosperity for Māori. Its marine origins invokes our whakapapa to Tangaroa and Hinemoana, and acknowledges Māui’s quest for the prosperity of our Māori people. It was through grasping the house of Tonganui that Māui was able to attain prosperity.
The Tonganui scholarship was established to accelerate talented, Māori professionals in the pursuit of excellence in the Oceans sector. It is a one-off grant of $10,000 NZD towards an educational or training programme or qualification, or a programme of research to advance tikanga Māori, Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori within the Oceans sector.
The scholarships aim to:
Successful Tonganui Scholarship applicants must:
Please note, receiving this scholarship does not impede your ability to seek additional grant funding if your selected programme of study or research costs exceed the maximum amount awarded in the Tonganui Scholarship.
A successful Tonganui scholar is unwavering in their commitment to our oceans, strengthening our bonds with, and responsibility to, Tangaroa and Hinemoana. They have experience working within the Oceans sector, and are pursuing pathways to accelerate and grow the impact they will have in the sector in the future.
Whether scientific research, mahinga kai, ocean navigation or biodiversity advocacy, we consider the Oceans sector to be holistic, encompassing all interactions with the ocean.
Your programme of work, and your continued commitment to the oceans sector, will contribute to the advancement of one or more of the following priority areas:
Successful awardees, in addition to the grant, become part of Ngā Auahitūroa – Te Pūtea Whakatupu’s Alumni network of over 300 diverse, passionate, and highly talented Māori throughout Aotearoa.
To apply for this scholarship, fill out the online application form and supply the following documents: