Here you can get a snapshot of the work we are doing in the Education sector and find out about learning support, scholarships and trades training in our rohe. 

Matauranga Team

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou’s Matauranga team has a diverse work programme with the key goal being to support Ngati Porou whanau, marae and hapu to participate in opportunities that enable them to make informed choices about their lives.

The Ruatoria-based team co-ordinate and deliver a range of programmes and contracts. Some of the initiatives supported by the Matauranga team include the Ngati Porou Intermarae Festival (Pa Wars), Te Rangitawaea Festival (Nati Awards), E Tipu E Rea educational partnership with the Ministry of Education and PAFT (Parents as First Teachers).

Education grants

Toitu Ngati Porou, the charitable trust subsidiary of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, is pleased to offer tertiary education grants for the 2020 academic year.  

(Funding round for the Toitu o Ngati Porou Education Grants 2020 closed 5pm 24 January 2020)

We have also put together a comprehensive list of Regional and National Education Grants and Scholarships which can be downloaded here. 

Iwi Scholarships

Ngati Porou Forests offer the Hansol Scholarship for Forestry and related study for beneficiaries of land blocks involved in the Ngati Porou Hansol Forestry Joint Venture. For more info contact Daniel Willliams, General Manager, Ngati Porou Forests. Email:

There is also the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and  Fulton Hogan  Scholarship for tertiary study in engineering. Applications for this scholarship will be posted on this site when it next opens. 

Summer Intern Opportunity for Ngati Porou

WSP and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou jointly see the importance in providing opportunities and supporting the future development of rangatahi in experiencing engineering and other professional disciplines in a work-based setting.

This is a Summer Intern position that will be based in the WSP Gisborne office. This position provides the opportunity for a Ngati Porou rangatahi who is practically minded, with a positive get the job done approach, to gain real experience in the engineering sector.

We are looking for fresh talent to bring a new perspective and shape to the future.

The Role:

We’re looking for a Summer Intern Engineer Environment to join our office in Gisborne for the summer.

This is ideally suited to a student currently studying or a student who is finishing their studies. Gain real-world experience and involvement in a diverse range of projects across Gisborne and the wider Tairawhiti.

To be eligible for the internship, you must:
● Be a registered beneficiary of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou;
● Have a technical mind set with interest and strengths in maths and science;
● Be practical and with experience in physically demanding work;
● Ideally have a full drivers licence with no restrictions; and
● Have good communication skills and a willingness to work.

How to Apply

Please send through a letter detailing your interest in this position and a CV by email to by 27 December 2019.

WSP recognises and values the range of characteristics that make people unique, and do this in an environment that celebrates individual and collective achievement. We believe embracing diversity and inclusion delivers positive experiences for people and clients.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is peopl

National scholarships

Ngati Porou students are encouraged to see if they are eligible for national scholarships such as the Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship, administered by Maori Soldiers Trust

You will also find a range of scholarships on the Maori Education Trust website.

The BreakOut database is also worth checking out – it’s New Zealand's primary source of funding information for students, researchers, sports people, artists and those wanting professional development. 

Te Toka Trades Training - Message from our Consortium

Tena tatou katoa, nau mai haramai, welcome to the Te Toka Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Programme, which has successfully operated since 2014. In that inaugural year, there was a total of 87 students enrolled and since then we have seen a steady increase in student enrolments each successive year. In 2018 there were 207 students, the highest number yet, indicative of a programme with a good reputation for success.

Many of the students have successfully entered into apprenticeships and employment in the respective fields they studied on the Te Toka programme. In 2019, 220 places are available for students 16 – 40 years of age, of Maori and Pasifika desent, across a wide range of subjects. The Te Toka programme is the catalyst to build a strong foundation for your future career and invariably build stronger whanau, hapu, iwi and society in general. We would  like to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining the Te Toka programme and may your current and future endeavours find success.

Te Toka is led by a consortium of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Eastern Institute of Technology and Lincoln University, working alongside private and public stakeholders to support employment opportunities in the local trades industries for Maori and Pasifika communities. 

For more information about Te Toka download our brochure here.


Hepa Akuhata-Brown
Te Toka Officer of Iwi and Indistry Relationships
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
75 Huxley Road, Gisborne
Mobile: 021 613 451

Phillipa Harrison
Te Toka Pastoral Care Officer
EIT Tairawhiti
Palmerston Road, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 869 0810 extn 7731
Mobile: 027 3179 075