Lincoln University director Maori and Pasifika, Dr Dione Payne

Lincoln to attract more Maori and Pasifika

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University is continuing its drive to increase Maori and Pasifika representation in tertiary study, by introducing a suite of scholarships in 2019.

The $5,000 scholarships are intended to assist those passionate about agriculture, science, tourism, Matauraka Maori including Mahinga kai, and to support students pathwaying up from other tertiary providers.

Lincoln introduced Maori and Pasifika Accommodation Scholarships at the start of 2018, while Sir Turi Carroll Scholarships for Maori student leaders were initiated in 2013.

Lincoln University director Maori and Pasifika, Dr Dione Payne, said the intent of the scholarships is to support and encourage Maori and Pasifika students to achieve their aspirations for their whenua, whanau, hapu and iwi.

“They are part of an overall strategy to increase the number of Maori and Pasifika students at Lincoln University, which includes pastoral and cultural support to create a home-like atmosphere on campus for those away from whanau.

“The scholarships are a key component of Lincoln University’s Whenua Strategy (for Maori) and Motu Strategy (for Pasifika), she said.

The new scholarships are:

  • Aoraki Connect Scholarship — for Maori tertiary students pathwaying up from other educational providers.
  • Matauraka Maori Scholarship — for Maori students who demonstrate excellence in subjects focussed on Te Ao Maori.
  • Ahuwhenua Scholarship — for Maori students who enrol in an agricultural-focussed qualification.
  • Putaiao Scholarship — Maori students who demonstrate an interest and excellence in science-related subjects.
  • Tapoi Scholarship — for Maori students that demonstrate an interest and excellence in tourism-related subjects.
  • Fanua Scholarship — for domestic Pasifika students from any high school that demonstrate excellence in any subject that relates to Lincoln University subject areas.