Nga Karahipi: Scholarships

Te Rau Matatini administers a number of Ministry of Health (Health Workforce New Zealand) funded scholarship programmes to build the capacity, capability of the health sector with a specific focus on Māori and the Mental Health and Addiction sector.

Our scholarship programmes provide opportunities for both Māori and Non-Māori studying in health, and specifically for the mental health and addiction sector. Through encouraging new people into the sector or assisting current workforces to develop their professional repertoire through formal study, the Māori health and the mental health and addiction sector is positioned for positive growth into the future.

Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Scholarship

The Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Scholarships are a tribute to the life and work of Dr Henry Rongomau Bennett as the first Māori Psychiatrist in Aotearoa. The purpose of the scholarship is to develop and build the Māori workforce, with a focus on leadership, competence in Te Ao Māori and excellence in health. Māori interested in undergraduate or postgraduate study in health are encouraged to apply

Hoe Tahi Addiction (AoD) Scholarship

The Hoe Tahi scholarship aims to strengthen the addiction treatment workforce by growing the capability of those working to minimise addiction-related harm. People that can apply are those who are interested in a career within the addiction treatment sector, or already working in the sector who wish to undertake a relevant course of study. For the workforces who might be working as an allied health worker and wanting to further their understanding; and knowledge of working with people who experience addiction related harm – please apply

Hoe Rua Addiction Work-based Placement

The Hoe Rua programme is to grow the number of people working in the addiction treatment sector by providing an opportunity for an internship – a work-based placement of learning with the exposure to work in the addiction treatment sector. A host organisation will provide the work-based placement for a person they wish to mentor to acquire the experience, training and employment within the addiction workforce. The Hoe Rua programme offers new work-based placements up to twelve months with host organisations.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For further support information, refer to our FAQs. 

For information on our scholarships and awards programmes please contact our Te Rau Matatini Scholarships Team on 0800 MATATINI (0800 628 284) or e-mail us.


If this is your first year of study or you have completed less than 60 credits at Level 3 you will be eligible for Fees Free Study.

To be eligible for fees-free, a qualification, course or programme must be:

  • starting in 2018
  • funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  • recognised by either the NZQA or Universities New Zealand
  • at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, and for industry training only, be at least 120 credits.

There are no age requirements or restrictions. For further information please visit or speak to your proposed University or Tertiary Training Provider.