Te Taumata is thrilled to put its support behind the launch of two new philanthropic grants to support Māori in the pursuit of excellence and community leadership.

The Tonganui Scholarship and the Pou Herenga Tangata Award will help give Māori the tools to grow, lead and thrive.

Te Taumata applauds Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust’s work in this area and shares its vision of accelerating Māori social and economic development through education, skills, and workforce development.

The Tonganui Scholarship aims to boost talented, Māori professionals with a one-off grant of $10,000 towards training or a programme of research that advances tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, and Te Ao Māori within the oceans sector. 

Alongside this scholarship, Te Pūtea Whakatupu has also launched the inaugural Pou Herenga Tangata Award – a grant to support rangatahi Māori who are active in or aspire to community leadership, with a one-off grant of $5,000.

This award aims to amplify community programmes that bring people together to support rangatahi development, as well as commemorating the contributions of long-time Te Pūtea Whakatupu board member and founding Chair, Norm Dewes.  

Te Arawa is full of whānau with unlimited potential, talent and knowledge. These opportunities are a great way to ensure our skills are being grown and utilised to benefit all Māori.