The newly established Tuli Takes Flight Scholarships will be offered to New Zealand citizens of indigenous Pacific heritage.
The establishment of the Tulī Takes Flight Scholarships has been announced, as part of the goodwill gesture of reconciliation to accompany the New Zealand’s Government’s apology to Pacific families and communities impacted by the Dawn Raids.
Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Education, Hon Aupito William Sio made the announcement, saying education is the key to unlocking success, opportunity, and fulfilment for our Pacific communities.
“These scholarships acknowledge the importance of education for Pacific families and highlight the need to support and grow Pacific education capacity and capability,” Minister Sio says.
“The scholarships will be offered to New Zealand citizens of indigenous Pacific heritage.”
Every year, up to 12 scholarships, valued between $10,000 and $30,000, will be made available.
To mark the inaugural year, there will be a total of 30 scholarships for study commencing in 2022.
The first round of applications opens in September 2021, and scholarships will be awarded for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.
The scholarships, worth $2.1 million, are funded by the Ministry of Education and will be administered by the Pacific Education Foundation.
Study or training can include vocational and academic courses at Levels 4 to 10 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework: certificates or diplomas, degree-level study and post-graduate study.
Minister Sio strongly encourages Pacific people aged 18 years and over to apply for the scholarships to support them to achieve their education aspirations.
“These scholarships will act as an inspirational and cautionary reminder of a dark episode in Aotearoa’s past,” he adds.