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Walk in the footsteps of our tupuna, become a Kaitiaki of our legacy.

Our scholarships are designed to build our leadership, connecting talented people to our rich cultural heritage and legacy.

We support a range of disciplines, with preference for studies related to our business such as law, accounting and marketing. Studies in the applied sciences of viticulture, aquaculture and horticulture are a priority. Whenua is at the core of our legacy, and careers in property are critical to our future development. 

How Wakatū scholarships work

Each scholarship provides the successful applicant with financial support for fees and books, up to a maximum of three years. There are also bonus opportunities for studying Te Reo Māori and achieving academic merit. Study can be in New Zealand or overseas but must be through a recognised tertiary provider.

 Who can apply

Applicants must be Wakatū shareholders or descendants of Wakatū shareholders and demonstrate a strong desire to get qualified. To apply for a Wakatū scholarship please complete the online application from which a shortlist and interviews will be carried out.

Tertiary Education Scholarship online application form

 Applications for 2018 will open in mid-August 2018.

Past recipients

The programme has been supporting Wakatū whanau since 2000 – we are enormously proud of what they have achieved.


Jessica Sanderson

Te Ātiawa

Bachelor of Performance Design

“I am an artist who works primarily with video. For the last few years I’ve been working for TVNZ based in Tamaki-makau-rau. I am an editor and director creating trailers and promos for shows as well as advertising for their creative department – Blacksand. My latest directing and producing project was for Sony Music NZ. I directed a music video for Stan Walker and Ginny Blackmore’s song, Holding You.  My scholarship from Wakatū Incorporation enabled me to complete a four year degree through Massey University and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Creative production combines many disciplines, I would recommend taking subjects such as art, design, film, history, photography and English. If you are working as a freelance designer or director you also need to be able to budget and plan. A good understanding of taxes and running your own affairs will help.  You are never too young to write and express yourself!  Decide whose opinion you trust and admire, and listen to those people when it comes to feedback on your work. Be brave.  Good luck!”


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Turi McFarlane

Te Ātiawa

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science & Ecology), Master of Applied Science (International Rural Development) Environment Extension Manager

“I am passionate about our relationship as Māori to the whenua and have based my career around sustainable land use and production. I work as an Environment Extension Manager with Beef & Lamb New Zealand specialising in building the relationship we have as farmers and growers with our environment. I completed my qualifications with the support of Wakatū Incorporation. As part of my study, I travelled to Antarctica and spent time with the New Zealand Antarctic programme looking at different aspects of seal migration and glacial movements. Part of this study also looked at the relationship we as Māori have with Antarctica and historical accounts of navigation in Antarctic waters. I am very grateful for the support and really encourage our people to take up the challenge and change the reality of their whānau and themselves.

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Tuaiwa Rickard

Ngāti Koata

Master of Science (Environmental), Bachelor of Science & Maori

As a trained environmental scientist Tuaiwa started her career at NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) where she was instrumental in developing an easy to use estuarine tool-kit for Iwi and hapū to monitor the health of their coastal resources. Empowering Iwi and hapū to utilise science, and giving them the tools to determine what’s really happening with their resources has been an ongoing passion for Tuaiwa that led her to the world of television where she associate produced, directed, researched and coordinated for Māori Televisions science series “Project Mātauranga” and “Project Whenua.” Currently Tuaiwa is coordinating a Coastal Dune Restoration Project on some Wakatū whenua at Mārahau. She sees it as giving back to the whanau who have supported her in education.


Associate Directorship Scheme

Associate Directorship Scheme


Success is not individual – but collective

The scheme provides shareholders the opportunity to gain experience in the governance and management of Wakatū.

As our businesses get more complicated, it is vital that future Directors and Managers are equipped with the necessary commercial skills and understanding of the history and people of Te Tau Ihu. Associate Directors are appointed for two years – the first year on a Sector Board and the second on the Head Board.


The Board looks for applicants with business acumen and sound commercial or professional experience who are dedicated to contributing towards Wakatū’s ongoing development.

Applicants must be shareholders, descendants of shareholders, or members of a whanau trust holding Wakatū shares. The on-line form must be completed including a 500-word statement setting out reasons for wishing to be an Associate Director and vision for Wakatū Incorporation.

Associate Directorship online application form

Riria (Missy) Te Kanawa

14/16 Associate Director

Missy was appointed as our 2014-2016 Associate Director. A chartered accountant and business advisor with 18 years experience nationally and internationally, she has been recently asspointed to Te Huari Tika Trust – the Maori Radio Spectrum entity. Missy is a Director at KPMG in Christchurch. She will spend her first year on the Kono Board and her second year on the Wakatū Board.

James (Jim) McMillan

13/14 Associate Director

Jim comes to the Board with extensive knowledge and experience of the seafood and agricultural industries. He is currently CEO of a biological fertiliser company that focuses on improving the productivity of the land, while not only preserving but enhancing the environment. Jim resides in the rural town of Dannevirke with his wife Lee and teenage daughter Jamie and is of Te Ātiawa descent.


Youth Wānanga

Youth Wānanga


You know not your future until you know your past.

Targeted taiohi wānanga are held annually – designed to invest in the personal development of our young people. Aimed at young people aged between 12-18 who connect into Wakatū Incorporation, the wānanga are focused on self-motivation, outdoor recreation, traditional values and identity. Each year we alternate between taitamawahine (young women) and taitama (young men), and in 2018, the taiohi wānanga is for young women. The wānanga will take place between 1-5 October 2018, and applications close on 31 May 2018.

Activities are marae-based and include an outdoor component in the Abel Tasman National Park. Activities include:

  • Te reo Māori
  • Waiata
  • Traditional food
  • Tribal history
  • Environmental responsibility
  •  Goal setting
  • Career pathways
  • An overview of Wakatū and its associated business

Youth Wānanga online application form

Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds

Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa

I became interested in the wānanga when my mother mentioned that it was available to both my brother and I. I thought it would be a good idea to go so I could learn about my Mum’s and her Dad’s side of the family, their heritage and whakapapa and to meet some of my distant relatives. On the wānanga we went for a hike through the Able Tasman, went kayaking, used the waka ama, learnt about our heritage on our Wakatū side, visited the sacred puna, made a hāngi and learnt some awesome kapa haka pieces which we performed on the final day.  We also got to meet whanau we had never met before which was awesome! I really enjoyed the kapa haka because I am a big kappa haka fan and haven’t been able to do it at my school for a while so to do it after a long time was really fun.

After the wānanga I felt so happy I had such a good time, but I was sad it was over so quickly, by the time we had all got to know each other it was time to leave. 

The Wananga has helped give me a better understanding of my Ngāti Rārua Te Ātiawa heritage. It has also made me more sociable as I am usually quite shy, but I surprised myself with how close I became with the other boys and the leaders. The wānanga is an amazing experience and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Jayme-Rae Anae

Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata

I had one of the most life-changing and breathtaking experiences of my life just by taking part in Wakatū Incorporation's Wānanga. We learnt about our ancestry, the land, the camps we stayed at and a variety of waiata, actions and poi. I was one of the solo singers for the waiata and I was the youngest in the group. That experience gave me courage to carry on in kapa haka. Whaea Talei Morrison was our kaiako during the wānanga and she’s really cool!  I also got to meet 12 other cousins I’ve never met before and that was awesome! I’m proud to be Māori, I’m comfortable with who I am and where I come from, and in some way I feel a stronger sense of direction. It's all been a positive learning experience and if I’m ever given an opportunity again I’d definitely take it.


Ahi Kaa Wānanga

Ahi Kaa Wānanga


Connecting our whānau whānui with our identity and legacy. 

The focus is on connecting owners living in Te Tau Ihu with the heritage of our customary land through outdoor recreation. Participants embark upon a journey retracing the cultural footsteps of our ancestors. It includes travelling by waka, boat, bike and waewae staying at a marae in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay. 

Ahi Kaa Wānanga online application form