Māori Trusts & Incorporations

Education Grants and Scholarships

Several Māori Trusts and Incorporations offer education grants to secondary school students and students undertaking secondary and tertiary study. You must prove you are affiliated to iwi/hapu to be eligible for a grant.

2024 Education Grants 

Applications are now open for Tertiary students that can whakapapa to a Trust Owner.
The Trust has partnered with the Maori Education Trust to provide increased grant amounts and online processing education grants.
Applications can only be made online via the online MET Application Portal located here:

Scholarship Information – Maori Education Trust

First time applicants will need to create an account.
Applications close on 30 April 2024.
For any online processing issues contact the Maori Education Trust by phone 04 586 7971 or email

2024 Education Grants Policy

Persons who qualify for an education grant:
(a) Registered Owners or descendants of Registered Owners.
(b) Beneficiaries and descendants of beneficiaries in a Whanau Trust constituted in terms of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

Applicants must supply a clear whakapapa to either:
(a) endorsed by a recognised Kokako Kaumatua or Kokako Trustee or
(b) signed by a Trustee of the Whanau Trust.

2. Students must be currently attending a (NZQA or overseas equivalent) tertiary institution on a fulltime or part-time basis or an institution or training scheme approved by the Trustees.

3. All students who qualify for a grant will receive an amount approved by the Trustees which varies each year depending on total sum available divided by number of approved applicants plus any top up contribution from other providers.

  1. The Trust has partnered with the Maori Education Trust (MET) and applications must be submitted online through the MET Portal by 30 April 2024.
  2. Students attending free courses or where fees are paid by a third party are not precluded from receiving a grant provided all other criteria are met.
  3. Incomplete or late applications may be rejected. The Trust or MET reserve the right to request further information from applicants.
  4. Grants will be paid tax free from MET direct to successful students.
  5. Any policy interpretation is entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.



Kokako Trust
1227 Ranolf Street
PO Box 987
Rotorua 3040
Ph. 027 245 4390