Waikato-Tainui offers a range of support through educational grants, subsidies and or health assistance.

This aligns with our Whakatupuranga 2050 strategic objective of advancing the social development of our people and growing tribal leaders which education plays a huge role. Below is a list of support available to tribal members to access. You will need to have your tribal registration details in order to access this information. 

If you do not have this please contact 0800 82 46 82 to get this information or click here.

Driver license subsidy

The Grant offers registered Waikato-Tainui iwi members a 50% discount off the full cost of a class 1 Car learners, restricted or full licence. It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215). 

Aoraki Bound

The Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta Memorial Aoraki Bound Scholarship recognises the bond between Waikato-Tainui and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the relationships forged between generations of tribal leaders from both iwi.


Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Education Grant

Tertiary education grants are available to registered iwi members pursuing higher education, whether it is at a university, technical institute, private training entity or waananga.


Waikato-Tainui and Waikato District Council Waikato River Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded bi-annually. Preference will be given to registered tribal members who affiliate to one of the 39 Marae within the Waikato District Council area and/ or who reside within the Waikato District Council area. 

Tumate Mahuta Memorial Scholarship

To apply for a Tertiary Education Grant and/or Scholarship, you must be a registered tribal member, residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution to be eligible.

Waikato-Tainui and NZTA Heritage Protection Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA levels 5,6 or 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) Archaeology study at either the University of Auckland or the University of Otago.

NZTA and Waikato-Tainui Kaapuia Ngaa Kaakaho Scholarship

The scholarship is aimed at students studying in the disciplines that benefit both Waikato-Tainui and the NZ Transport Agency. Examples include, but are not limited to: planning, engineering, surveying, environmental sciences, ecology and archaeology.

Waikato-Tainui and Department of Conservation Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA levels 6 or 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) study in the areas of conservation, environment, marine, heritage planning and archaeology, to build the skills of Waikato-Tainui in these fields.

Harbour Asset Management Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA level 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) study in the areas of finance, economics or accounting.

Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarships

Waikato-Tainui will provide doctoral students the opportunity to apply for funding for up to three years of their full-time doctoral programme.