Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia serves to uphold the vision of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, to soar and fly like the Kāhupōkere, to the highest heavens – Kia rere arorangi te Kāhupōkere ki ngā taumata tiketike.  In education that translates to mean to achieve in education to the highest levels possible.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia provides a range of services and support that go towards enabling whānau to soar to the lofty heights of education success and achievement. 

Ngāti Whātua O Orākei AUT Community Partnership Scholarship 2019 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in recognition of its partnership with Ngāti Whātua O Orākei has established undergraduate scholarships to increase participation, retention and success of Māori (of Ngāti Whātua O Orākei descent) who have demonstrated the academic potential to succeed at tertiary level.

As well as recognising academic achievement in students of Ngāti Whātua O Orākei descent, these scholarships recognise potential leadership ability and contribution to the school and community.  

Who can apply?

Applicant must be a registered Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei hapū member. Register now here;

Applicants must be enrolling for the first time, in a full-time programme of study at AUT.

Scholarship Value

An award of $6,500 (Awarded for one year only)

Open now – Closing 1st September 2018

Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship


Education Grants

2018 Education Grants are now closed for ECE, Primary & Intermediate and Secondary level. 

Education Grants for Tertiary level will be staying open all year. 

Please allow up to two months for Education Grants to be processed. If you have any pātai email


Click the button below to apply for a Tertiary Education Grant.

or you can download the hard copy form below;

Tertiary- Education Grant 2018 hard copy form

Within each of those portfolios lies specific and relevant services and support.  

The services will include:

  • Study advice
  • Mentoring
  • Education news and information
  • Advice and guidance relating to appropriate avenues of support outside of the iwi
  • Resources that whānau can use to aid their learning and educational achievement 

The support includes financial support in the form of:

  • Grants,
  • Subsidies and
  • Scholarships, and the
  • Provision of programmes, initiatives and
  • Hui that can help to enhance, enable and empower the learning potential of te iwi o Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.  

Some of those programmes and initiatives that are currently running include the:

  • Homework centre
  • Matātahi wānanga
  • Holiday programme (currently in the throes of handover from the previous provider)
  • Young Leadership development

Our mahi has a hapū-centric focus and in that respect, we strive to ensure that our work aligns with who we are as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and how that can be maintained throughout all endeavours.  We are using ORAKEI as an acronym for principles and practices that will guide the plans.  

Amount Distributed
For 2017
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