Toioho ki Āpiti Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts Undergraduate Scholarships

Whiti o Rehua School of Art wishes to encourage a wider knowledge of Maori contemporary art in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Ten scholarships of $5000 each will be awarded to students entering their first year of the BMVA degree programme in 2020. This award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed—art materials, living expenses or tuition fees. 

Download the application form


All applicants must be eligible, and intending, to enrol: 

  • for full-time (minimum of 105 credits) study; 
  • in the first year (i.e. 100 level) of the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts (BMVA) programme; 
  • in the year following this award. 


The Award is open to domestic and international students. 

Application requirements

  • A brief statement describing what interests you about contemporary Maori arts, and what you hope to gain from taking the degree (no more than 300 words). 
  • A brief statement outlining what your future goals are in relation to your study (no more than 150 words). 
  • School Leaver applicants: a copy of official interim NZQA Level 2 NCEA results (issued in January) (or exam equivalent – e.g.Cambridge exams etc) Note: if you have completed Level 3 NCEA please supply both Level 2 and Level 3 results. 
  • Non School leaver applicants: a verified copy of your secondary school results or other post-secondary academic achievements. 
  • 10-15 images of your work in an appropriate digital or hardcopy format according to the medium eg. links to websites, flashdrives, link to dropbox, JPEG files or printed photographs. 
  • A brief (no more than one page) curriculum vitae highlighting your academic achievements.


A supporting letter from an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g. art teacher, Te Reo teacher, dean, principal, gallery director, community leader, Kaumatua of your iwi/hapu/marae) will assist in the success of your application, although this is not compulsory. 

Applicants must disclose other awards they hold or have applied for. The Selection Committee is not obligated to consider other grants but might choose to take these into account. 

Responsibility for the Award

The scholarships shall be awarded on the recommendation of a specified Selection Committee, consisting of the Head of School Whiti o Rehua School of Art, the programme leader of the Maori Visual Arts programme, and the Toioho ki Apiti Postgraduate Coordinator. 


This $5000 award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed – art materials, living expenses or tuition fees.

Conditions to the award

Successful admission to Massey and the BMVA programme. 

Closing date

30 November each year for the following year. 


College of Creative Arts 
Whiti o Rehua School of Art 
Wallace Street, Mount Cook 
Wellington 6121

Te Ara Toroa — Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai
The flight of the albatross — Venturing into the unknown
Design by Ngataiharuru Taepa, Kaihautu Toi Māori—Director of Māori Arts

Toi Rauwhārangi
College of Creative Arts
Wellington, Aotearoa