Grants & Subsidies

Education Grants

Education Grants for ECE, Primary & Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary students are closed for 2019. Education Grants for 2020 will open November 2019. Visit your Whānau Portal for updates. Education Grant FAQ's below.

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Education Grant FAQ's

What do I need to do to register on the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Hapū Database?

You need to be able to:

  • Link your whakapapa to Tuperiri
  • For under 18 year olds – provide a Full Birth Certificate
  • For 18 years and older – provide a Full Birth Certificate and a photo ID (e.g. Drivers License, Passport, 18+ Card)
  • Complete and return the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Hapū Registration Form to Whai Maia.

Who can receive a grant or be registered for a programme or service?

All registered Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei hapū members. If you have not registered, click here.

Please note the hapū registration process can take up to 2 months.  

How can I find out whether I am a registered hapū member?

You can call 0508 69672534 (0508 NWORAKEI), or email register@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

When can I apply for a grant, programme or service?

Education Grants are closed for 2019.  Grants for 2020 will open end of November 2019. 

How many times can I apply for a grant?

You can only apply once for a grants, services, programmes each year. You cannot apply for the same grant twice in one year.

What documentation will I need to provide?

If you are applying for a grant, you will need to provide a verified copy of your bank account.

If you are applying for a Tertiary grant you will need to provide a document that shows enrolment confirmation, EFT and fees payable. If you are unsure what to provide please contact us via email orakeied@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

What if I am studying part-time (Tertiary)?

You will receive a pro-rata amount of the full grant. The amount will be determined by how many papers you are taking this year. 

How much is an education grant worth?

Early Childhood Education (0-4 Years): $300.00

Primary (Yr 1 – 8): $300.00 

Secondary (Yr 9 – 13): $300.00

Training & Vocational full-time: $500.00

Certificate/Diploma full-time: $500.00

Undergraduate Degree full-time: $1,000.00

Post-Graduate Degree full-time: $1,500.00

Masters full-time: $4,000.00

PHD full-time: $5,000.00

Digital Device – Year 6 – Year 13 Students **New**

This year Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are giving Year 6 – Year 13 students the option of an Education Grant or Digital Device that can be used for school (e.g. Chromebook).   For more information about the devices please contact us orakeied@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

How long will a grant application take to process and be paid?

If all criteria is met and required information is supplied, the application will be processed and paid to the nominated bank account around the 20th of each month.

What if I forget my login details for the portal?

Contact orakeied@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com for assistance.

What is the difference between a Tertiary certificate or diploma course and a training/vocational course?

The training/vocational course option is to accomodate for those courses that may not be a recognised NZQA qualification, but has a employment pathway.  Approval of this grant application will be at the discretion of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia.

Swim Safety Subsidy.

The Swim Safety Subsidy will cover 50% of the total swimming fee at a recognised aquatic school (up to a maximum of $70 per term per application for swimming lessons). Term 4 Subsidy application coming soon.

Tuition Subsidy.

The Tuition Subsidy will cover up to a maximum of $30 per session up to $300 per term for tutorial Lessons with an accredited tutoring organisation. Term 4 Subsidy application coming soon.

Did you know we also provide FREE tutoring for NCEA students through StudyFit. Click here for more info.

NCEA Rewards.

This grant is an acknowledgement of NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 achievements.
Click here for more info.

Natural Disasters Grant.

This grant is specifically for whānau who have experienced a traumatic event such as a natural disaster. Contact Whai Maia for more information.

Sports Grant.

A grant provided by the Trust Board to help support high performing sportspeople. Contact the Trust Board for more info.


Kaumātua Ora.

The Kaumātua Ora grant (previously Aged Care) is to help kaumātua with medical expenses, e.g. GP visits, prescriptions, specialist appointments. This is additional to nib Health Insurance Cover and has certain conditions. Click here for more info.

Kaumātua Grant.

A grant that acknowledges and celebrates our taonga, our kaumātua.

Click here for more info.


External Education Opportunities.


  • BLAKE Ambassador Programme – provides opportunities for young New Zealanders (18 – 25 years) to work on projects in Antarctica, the Southern, Southwest Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and New Zealand.