School of Design Māori and Pasifika Award

Supports Māori and Pacific students to pursue and achieve success in the Bachelor of Design with Honours.

Value: Minimum $1000
Application deadline: 31 October


Applications for 2021 will open later in 2020

The School of Design Maori and Pasifika Award was established by Massey University’s Ngā Pae Māhutonga School of Design to support Māori and Pasifika students to pursue and achieve success in the Bachelor of Design with Honours.

Value and tenure

The value of the award may vary but will be a minimum of $1000 to be used towards tuition fees. Payment is made directly into the recipient’s Massey University tuition fees account after the official withdrawal date for Semester 1.

When recipients are eligible for fees-free study funded by the New Zealand Government the payment of the award will be deferred to the following year of full-time study.

The award is made annually, and one award is offered each year.


Applicants must:

  • be enrolled or eligible and intending to enrol for full-time study leading to the Bachelor of Design with Honours majoring in spatial, industrial, fashion, textile or visual communication design
  • studying internally at the Massey University Wellington campus
  • identify as Māori or Pasifika
  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • show evidence of leadership and creative potential.


School-leaver/new-student applicants must:

  • have attained an NCEA Level 2 certificate in Year 12 (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate or overseas qualification)
  • submit a reference letter and a digital creative work to show their leadership skills and their creative potential.


Current-student applicants must:

  • be able to document academic achievements in the programme of Bachelor of Design with Honours in the previous year(s), either studying at Massey University or at another tertiary education institution if they are transferring to Massey University
  • have their application supported in writing by the Programme Leader of the major they are enrolled in.


Selection criteria

The selection criteria are academic merit, evidence of leadership and creative brilliance.

Selection panel

The award is made by the University Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of a selection panel.

The selection panel consists of Head of School of Design or nominee, two staff from the College of Creative Arts, and the Senior Kaupapa Māori Advisor or chosen representative.

The University Scholarships Committee has the right to refrain from making an award if there are no suitable applicants and its decision is final.

Conditions of the award

Recipients must maintain good academic standing throughout their study.

Recipients must advise the Programme Leader of the relevant major immediately of any withdrawal from full-time study in the Bachelor of Design with Honours.

Recipients may be required to repay Massey University the full award money or part thereof if they do not meet these conditions or if they breach any of Massey University’s rules or regulations.

The award may be held in conjunction with other Massey University scholarships, bursaries or prizes, so long as those scholarships, bursaries or prizes permit co-tenure.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 31 October. Incomplete or late applications are not accepted.

How to apply

Applications for 2021 will open later in 2020

Creative Work

Here’s a list of the type of work you can show us (you don’t need to show us all of this, these are just examples). All work must be submitted digitally.

  • Drawings
  • Sketches
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Prototypes
  • Mock-ups / 3D models
  • Performance
  • Graphic design work
  • Sculpture
  • Installations
  • Fashion / sewing / patterns / textiles
  • Developmental work, such as digital copies of workbook pages, journal or visual diary
  • Screen captures
  • Links to original work (ie: blogs, Instagram, YouTube, Sound Cloud, Pinterest, Vimeo, Facebook, Bandcamp)



  • Give us a range of work to look at, from work you might have done at school to creative projects you did outside of school or within your community.
  • It’s good to provide notes about the ideas behind your work and how these ideas were translated into their final form.
  • Please do not include items such as art history assignments or testimonials in your application.
  • If you are providing links to your work that is online, please include live links within your PDF.


There are no limits, we are looking for creative brilliance in the applicant’s field of interest. The panel may request further examples of creative works.

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