Applications are open for the 2024 Tulī Takes Flight Scholarship, and any Pacific ākonga (learner) currently studying towards a qualification through Careerforce | Te Pūkenga is encouraged to apply.
The Government announced the Tulī Takes Flight scholarships in 2021. They are part of the goodwill gesture, to accompany the Government’s apology to Pacific families and communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s. They aim to reduce financial barriers to study for Pacific students.
If eligible, Pacific ākonga can apply and receive from $11,000 to $31,000 each to support their course costs and living costs such as accommodation, transport, and childcare.
Ngakiri Antonovich was announced as a winner of the Tulī Takes Flight Scholarship in 2022. She is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) via one of our apprenticeship programmes, and works for Fale Pasifika Te Taitokerau in Whangārei.
Ngakiri’s Pacific heritage is connected to the Cook Islands. She says, “I’m grateful that I can pass on the knowledge I’ve gained in my studies, to others, so they can make informed choices for their financial wellbeing. I would love to lead teams of Pasifika and Māori financial mentors in the future to support our people out of debt.”
Applicants are required to be studying full time towards a formal qualification at a tertiary provider during 2024 to be eligible. There are seven scholarships available for vocational applications: four in the continuing to study category and three in the career changer category.
Applications for this scholarship are currently open and will close on Tuesday 7 November 2023.