He Toka Tūmoana Scholarship for tertiary students has been created to commemorate the late Councillor Awanuiarangi Black, an avid supporter of environment and restoration projects, research and education.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who live or have whakapapa within the Bay of Plenty and are enrolled in a course related to environmental or water management, planning and/or mātauranga Māori.

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


The main purpose of the Fund is to assist students by providing financial support for education, activities, research and/or projects. The benefits of the fund 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. 

Who is eligible to apply?

The scholarship is available to tertiary students who:

  • Live or have whakapapa within the Bay of Plenty.
  • Are enrolled in a course related to environmental or water management, planning and/or mātauranga Māori.


For enquiries about the scholarships please contact:

Kerry Heitia
Strategic Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 0800 884 881 extn 9254
Mobile: 027 707 8764

Terms and Conditions

Successful applications will be subject to the following conditions:

  • On completion of study, a copy of course programme details and completion certificate will be required.
  • Provision of receipts and/or information about tertiary education (including photos/media releases/newsletters/brochures/PowerPoint presentations etc) where practicable/requested.
  • If requested, acceptance of an invitation to present to Komiti Māori/Bay of Plenty Regional Council about their studies.
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council retains the right to reference the sponsored person in its own promotional work.
  • Tertiary education programmes, activities and/or projects that qualify for funding will be consistent with Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s mission statement, statutory role, and the Regional Community Outcomes.