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.

Purpose

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:

  • The applicants must whakapapa or have lived in the Bay of Plenty
  • Be enrolled in a course of study which contributes to the enhancement of the environment (fees free study is not eligible)
  • Be involved in a relevant research project; that aligns with the protection or enhancement of Te Taiao
  • Preference will be given to those students that are undertaking study in the Freshwater management, Mātauranga Māori and 3 waters space

Applications close 4pm, 7 May 2021.

Alternatively:

  1. Post your completed application form with supporting documentation to:

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

  2. Deliver your completed application form to a Toi Moana – Bay of Plenty Regional Council office:
    • Tauranga - 87 First Avenue
    • Whakatane - 5 Quay Street
    • Rotorua - 1125 Arawa Street

For all other enquiries please contact:  

Michelle Hingston, Kaituitui (Strategic Engagement Coordinator) 
Email: Michelle.hingston@boprc.govt.nz
Phone: 0800 884 880

Ten scholarships valued at $1000 each have been awarded in 2020 to:

  • Alethea Hikuroa who is studying towards a Bachelor of Environmental Planning-Te Ara Taiao
  • Ashleigh Ngow who is studying towards a Bachelor of Environmental Planning
  • Harina Rupapera who is studying towards a Master of Applied Indigenous Studies; with a focus on the environment and mātauranga Māori
  • Matariki Bennett who is studying towards a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Megan Ranapia who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Shavorne Sparham who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Sciences
  • Siobhan Nuri who is studying towards a Master of Science - Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Te Rua Wallace who is studying towards a Bachelor of Environmental Planning
  • Corey Ruha who is studying towards a Post-Grad Certificate in Public Policy
  • Waka Paul who is studying towards a Master of Arts - Anthropology

Meet Ashleigh Ngow, one of our recipients of the He Toka Tūmoana 2020 Scholarship:

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Supporting documents (please attach all mandatory documentation)

Please tell us in 300 words: 1) who you are (include your whakapapa or connection to the Bay of Plenty and any past or current community involvements) 2) what you are studying, how your study aligns with the enhancement of our taiao (environment), and 3) why you’ve applied for the He Toka Tūmoana – Toi Moana Environmental Scholarship. The attached file must be 5MB or less and can only be jpg, pdf, doc or docx file formats.
The attached file must be 5MB or less and can only be jpg, pdf, doc or docx file formats.
Examples of proof include: 1) passport 2) birth certificate 3) driver’s licence The attached file must be 5MB or less and can only be jpg, pdf, doc or docx file formats.
Provide proof of enrolment (or intention to enrol) in study, training or research programme.
The attached file must be 5MB or less and can only be jpg, pdf, doc or docx file formats.

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Conditions

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 21 May 2021. 4) Applicants consent to the Council contacting the named referee. 5) All applications must be submitted no later than 4pm, Friday 7 May 2021. 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.