He Toka Tū Moana 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 and protection of our Taiao.


The main purpose of the fund is to provide a level of financial assistance to students studying, training or undertaking research on kaupapa related to enhancing the Taiao/Environment.

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?

  • Preference is given to applicants who whakapapa, reside or actively maintain a demonstrable connection to the Bay of Plenty.
  • Applicants must be enrolled to study at a University, Whare Wānanga, Polytechnic, Institute of Technology, Teachers Training College or comparable tertiary institution.
  • Applicants must be in their 2nd year or subsequent year of study.
  • Applications and supporting documentation must be received before the specified closing date / time. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Successful applicants are required to provide an update within 6-12 months of your academic progress.

Applications will open 1 March 2023.

For all other enquiries please contact:  

Lisa Tauroa, Kaituitui (Strategic Engagement Coordinator) 
Email: lisa.Tauroa@boprc.govt.nz
Phone: 0800 884 880

6 scholarships were awarded in 2022 to:

  • Akuhata Bailey-Winiata - Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Science programme
    Thesis: “Co-developing with hapū to plan for the impacts of sea level rise on coastal marae and infrastructure”.
    His PhD will aim to weave matauranga māori and western science research and ideas to understand how māori can adapt to the hazards of sea level rise.

  • Sonny Vercoe - Doctor of Philosophy Specialisation in Civil Engineering
    Thesis: “Civil Engineering Seismic Assessment & Design of Māori Building Structures”.

  • Brooklyn Lea - Master of Science (Research) in Ecology and Biodiversity
    Thesis: “Studying the anthropogenic effects on freshwater ecosystems within the Bay of Plenty”.

  • Daria Bell - Master of Science (Research) in Science programme
    Thesis: "Developing a hapū-centric aquaculture business ecosystem" Daria’s goal is to further investigate and understand our taiao with the focus on kaitiakitanga.

  • Amy Nattrass - Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
    Amy’s papers include Geographic Information Systems, Maori Values and Resource Management and Contemporary Issues in Sustainability.

  • Rangipurei Manley - Bachelor of Laws and Arts degree double majoring in Māori Resource Management and Māori Studies (5th year student)
    Rangipurei aspires to influence and effect change in the way people participate with regulations and policies that govern the management of Te Taiao.