February Pānui, 2018


Education and Training


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō received 24 applications for Education Grants for the 2018 year.

We are pleased to announce we were able to assist all the applicants in some way to support their further education. This included seven first year teriary students, three completing their doctorate’s, plus other applicants at various stages of completing their degrees.

We wish them all the best for their year ahead and look forward to receiving their reports and feedback as the year continues.


Each year Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō awards tertiary education and training grants to assist members with their chosen course of study. Throughout the year those who have received grants will share their stories with us in the pānui. First up for 2018 is Karen Wells:

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whaia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou

Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing

Ko Frank Wells rāua ko Megan Walker ōku matua

Ko Joseph Waihaere Wells rāua ko Caroline Waiporo Hinera Hemi ōku tipuna ki te taha o tōku papa

Ko Karen Wells tōku ingoa

No Whakatū ahau

Ināianei e noho ana ahau ki Kawatiri

No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

Last year I moved to Kawatiri to take up employment as the Assistant Principal at Buller High School and acknowledge Ngāti Apa Ki te Rā Tō as one of the mana whenua iwi of the region. 

One of my focus areas at school is Māori student achievement and this year I begin studying with Massey University working towards a Master of Education (Māori Education). I am excited to start my first paper - Mana Whānau: Whānau Engagement in Education and look forward to sharing insights around how to better engage for common outcomes.

Outside of school I am actively involved with the local branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also a member of the community choir and frequent the gym, enjoying a range of indoor and outdoor activities.
I am grateful for the financial support of Ngāti Apa to enable me to begin this study and look forward to being able to share knowledge and insights gained over the next three years.

Karen Wells


A reminder that the closing dates for 2018 secondary and tertiary scholarships are fast approaching.

Secondary applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 2 Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2018.

Tertiary applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 6 Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2018.

Application forms are located on the MET website www.maorieducation.org.nz. Alternatively anyone interested can call (04) 586 7971 to request an application form be sent out.

 Click here for a full table of MET 2018 Secondary Scholarships »

 Click here for a full table of MET 2018 Tertiary Scholarships »


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō was well represented on the first day at school this year with five packs sent out to tamariki starting their education this year.

We look forward to seeing those photos whānau, of your tamariki wearing their packs with pride on their first day at school!

We are proud to have distributed 42 packs over 2017 and look forward to many more tamariki in 2018 receiving their education packs including stationery, pens and pencils and also a water bottle kindly sponsor provided by Estel Water www.estel.nz.


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō are continuing to support learning in the following areas:

  • Learner Driver Theory Education
  • Work Readiness
  • Financial Literacy & Lifeskills
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Literacy & Numeracy Upskilling

Please contact the office at administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz or phone 0800578900 to find out if these are available in your area.

Remember whānau, upskilling takes a little effort but it can bring on great changes in your work and home life. There is expected to be little or no cost to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō members to attend these courses so start the year off on a journey to improve and upskill. 


Whenua Kura work actively alongside Iwi, Hapu, Whanau, Maori land owners, the primary sector and government to help whanau succeed in primary industries.

They offer programmes and scholarships across a range of different industries including aquaculture, forestry, construction and many more. For more information please visit: www.whenuakura.co.nz

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