The He Toka Tūmoana - Toi Moana Environmental Scholarship is a Council approved initiative established in 2017 to recognise and support students who are undertaking study, research or training that aligns with the enhancement of our Taiao (environment).

View eligibility criteria.

In 2018 the He Toka Tūmoana Scholarship was awarded to four local students who each received a scholarship award of $2500. Applications for the He Toka Tūmoana – Toi Moana Environmental Scholarship 2019 are now open. .

Four scholarships valued at $2500 each have been awarded in 2018 to:

  • Vanessa Taikato who is studying towards a PhD in Biological Sciences.
  • Ashlei McMahon who is studying towards a Diploma in Environmental Management.
  • Julie Shepherd who is studying towards Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning.
  • Frances Teinakore-Curtis who is studying towards a PhD in Environmental Studies.

Scholarship purpose

The benefits of the scholarship are to:

  • Focus on environmental education and kaitiakitanga/guardianship.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing environmental knowledge.
  • Raise environmental awareness and understanding.
  • Provide financial support to students.
  • Encourage Mātauranga Māori research and education.
  • Promote leadership and innovation.

Scholarship amount available

The successful applicants will receive one of four scholarships valued at $2500 each to assist in education, activities, research and projects. 

Eligibility criteria

The scholarship is available to students who:

  • Are NZ citizens. 
  • Reside or whakapapa (share a genealogical connection) within the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Are enrolled (or have an intention to enrol) in a course of study which contributes to the enhancement of the environment.
  • Are 16 years of age or older.

Supporting documents

All applications (by mail or via online form below) must be received with the following supporting documentation no later than 22 March 2019:

  • Brief proposal (300 words) - mandatory
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) - maximum 2 pages - mandatory
  • Proof of enrolment (or intention to enrol) in study, training or research programme - mandatory
  • Character reference (1 page or less) - optional

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Supporting documents (please attach all mandatory documentation)



TERMS AND CONDITIONS. 1) Successful scholarship recipients are expected to attend Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council Komiti Māori upon invitation to formally receive award. 2) Scholarship recipients agree that the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council may include details of the recipient holder for promotional purposes. 3) Applicants will be notified of outcome via email no later than Friday 12 April 2019 4) Applicants consent to the Council contacting the named referee 5) All applications must be submitted no later than 22 March 2019. Late scholarship submissions will not be accepted 6) In accordance with the Privacy Act, all the information provided in this application will be used in the assessment of an applicant for a scholarship.

Applications close 22 March 2019.


  • complete the online application form above with attachments, or
  • post or deliver the paper form with supporting documentation.


He Toka Tumoana – Environmental Scholarship Fund
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
P.O. Box 364, Whakatāne

Deliver to a Toi Moana – Bay of Plenty Regional Council office:

  • Tauranga - 87 First Avenue
  • Mount Maunganui - 6 Rata Street
  • Whakatane - 5 Quay Street
  • Rotorua - 1125 Arawa Street

For all other enquiries please contact:  

Winiata Anderson, Kaituitui (Strategic Engagement Coordinator) 
Phone: 0800 884 880