Pihirau Hauora Māori Scholarship | Northland DHB

Pihirau Hauora Māori Scholarship

Purpose of the Pihirau Hauora Māori Scholarship

The Pihirau Scholarship has been initiated to encourage and support Kia Ora Hauora (KOH) tertiary students to stay in health and disability sector training by providing financial assistance and reducing the debt incurred through study. i.e. Programme Fees. The application process opens once per year via an electronic link. The link is sent to all Kia Ora Hauora tertiary students by email but is also accessible on our facebook page under ‘Services’ 

Please Note: In the event that your application is successful, Northland DHB will request an invoice from your tertiary provider and pay the provider directly.  If your fees have been paid by studylink, your tertiary provider will forward the scholarship to studylink under your name/account.  In addition, KOH will share your success with our Māori tertiary representatives

Selection Criteria

All applicants will meet the following selection criteria: 

  • You will be of Māori decent and whakapapa to hapu and Iwi 
  • Your course of study will be NZQA accredited
  • All Nursing papers must be Nursing Council of NZ approved  
  • Your course of study will be relevant to the NZ health & disability sector  
  • You are enrolled in a full time programme of study.





Assessment Criteria

The Assessment Panel will consider applicants under the following criteria:

  • Academic Record 
  • Applicant’s motivation for entry into the course of study 
  • Life and work experience 
  • Initiative – what has the applicant done to prepare themselves? 
  • Applicants are to be registered with Kia Ora Hauora – Supporting Māori into Health Careers
  • Priority given to 2nd+ year students and those who don’t qualify for the governments “First year, Fees free” programme
  • No postgraduate studies will be considered
  • If you were a successful recipient of Pihirau in the previous year, you must provide an academic transcript for that year
  • All parts of the application form will be completed
  • Benefits to organisation, community considered
  • Referees, one must be Kaumatua or Kuia       

The Northland District Health Board sets maximum value of each scholarship.

The Assessment Panel reserves the right to withdraw any scholarship, should there be no suitable applicants.

The Northland District Health Board reserves the right to make full and final decisions.

Closing Date

Applications must be received no later than 5pm, 31 March 2022

No consideration will be given for incomplete or late applications.


The scholarships are payable for one calendar year of study. 

Notification of Decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision to grant or decline their application.


Kia Ora Hauora Northern funds this scholarship for students across the Northern Region from Counties Manukau, Waitemata, Auckland and Northland. 

The Northland District Health Board has agreed to fund the scholarships on the basis of identified Māori Workforce Development priorities.  Categories of scholarships include but are not limited to the following:  


  Category   No. of scholarships awarded per category   Up to the value of 
  New entry to Foundation programme or Health Certificate for Health Related & Reo Māori study   10   $1,000
  Bachelor Degree in health related study – Allied health, Nursing/Midwifery, Medical/Surgical, Dental, Health Management, Social Services   30   $3,000

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