Increased investment for Pacific Health ProjectsTolotea Lanumata

In their April meeting, the HRC Board approved an additional $1.2 million per year for HRC Pacific Health Projects, bringing the total investment to $2.4 million. This increase will be implemented in the 2020 funding round where applicants will be invited to submit proposals with a budget anywhere between $0.6 and 1.2 million. 

“This increased investment will make a significant difference to researchers applying for Pacific Project funding, enabling them to extend the scope of their research and have an even greater impact on the health of our Pacific community. It’s also continued recognition of the importance that the HRC places on growing New Zealand’s Pacific research workforce,” says HRC Manager of Pacific Research Investment Tolotea Lanumata (pictured). Read more here.


The purpose of the Conference Attendance Community Grants Round is to help the New Zealand Internet community participate in relevant conferences and events related to the development of the Internet. The grants are intended to assist the successful applicants to:

  • engage in shaping the future of the Internet for New Zealand, both domestically and internationally
  • gain expertise and experience which will benefit the New Zealand Internet community and the development of the Internet in New Zealand.

The total grants fund is $15,000.

    Application process

    This round opened Monday 7 January and closes 7 February 2019. You can access the application form here.  

    Guidelines for applicants are available here.

    For more information please contact us during business hours on 04 555 0123 or email

    The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship in Pacific Studies

    VALUE: Up to $6,000. (See additional information below)



    History or background of award

    This scholarship has been established in memory of Associate Professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa. She was the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, a renowned scholar, activist and poet, and a hard-working, generous and warm personality of the Victoria University community from 2000 to 2017. Teresia is internationally known for her ground-breaking work in Pacific Studies. In 2000, she moved to New Zealand to join Victoria University to teach the world’s first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies, of which she was programme director until 2009. She was promoted to Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, home to Victoria’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programmes. Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa passed away in March 2017 from cancer, leaving an immense legacy. It was Teresia’s wish that scholarships be established to support Pacific students doing Pacific Studies. This undergraduate scholarship honours and acknowledges the significant contribution Teresia made to the lives of students.

    Selection criteria

    • This scholarship is open to NZ citizens of Pacific Island descent, permanent residents of Pacific Island descent, or residents of a Pacific Island who wish to study in NZ and are eligible for a student visa as per New Zealand Immigration regulations to allow them to study at Victoria University
    • This scholarship is open to students entering their first, second, third or final year in undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington
    • Applicants must declare Pacific Studies as their major or joint major and be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate programme at Victoria University of Wellington in the year following application
    • Applicants who are school leavers must have NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit in their Year 12 at the time of application. - Successful applicants will be required to gain University Entrance or equivalent and will achieve Merit endorsement in their NCEA Level 3 certificate by the start of trimester 1 the year following application
    • Applicants who are currently studying their undergraduate degree must hold a grade point average of B (5)
    • This scholarship is intended to cover a student’s tuition fees for one year, but in the event of government subsidised fees, the scholarship may be paid as a stipend in instalments or towards accommodation at a Victoria University Hall of Residence
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are experiencing financial hardship
    • The successful candidate must demonstrate a connection and commitment to the Pacific community and issues

    How do students apply?

    Applicants apply through the online application form found here. No late applications will be accepted.

    Applicants must include the following in their application:

    • New Zealand school leavers will be required to provide their NSN number or other candidate number for their qualification.
    • Applicants based outside New Zealand will be required to provide an academic transcript from your most recent educational institution that demonstrates the level of academic achievement outlined in the criteria.
    • Evidence of financial hardship (if applicable) will be required as part of the financial section in the online application.
    • A personal statement detailing what holding this scholarship would mean to you, along with details of how you demonstrate your commitment to, and engagement with, the Pacific community and Pacific issues.

    Apply online

    Additional information

    Up to $6,000 (subject to funds available).  This can be paid towards fees, accommodation in a Victoria University Hall of Residence, or paid as a month stipend in 9 equal installments between March and November.

    Decision makers

    Programme Director of Pacific Studies, or their nominee, the Head of School of Languages and Culture, or their nominee, and a nominated representative of Teresia’s family. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

    - Students are asked to write a letter of thanks to Teresia’s family and may be asked to meet with family members.
    - The recipient will be asked to act as an ambassador for this scholarship and may be asked to be involved in events or promotional activities associated with Pacific Studies.
    - All offers of Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) by the start of the following trimester[SO1]  with a major or joint major in Pacific Studies.

    For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

    Name: PhD Admissions & Scholarships Office 

    Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington 
    Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand 
    Phone: +64 4 463 5061 


     Pacific Health Scholarships 2019 

    The Pacific Health Scholarships contribute to improving access to health services for Pacific peoples by assisting the development of the Pacific health and disability workforce.

    The scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking a course in health or disability-related studies accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee.

    Guidelines for the 2019 Pacific Health Scholarships.

    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible to apply for a Pacific Health Scholarship (the Scholarships), the applicant must:

    • be a New Zealand resident or permanent resident at the time of the application
    • be enrolled in a health related course/qualification
    • be enrolled at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand
    • provide evidence of Pacific Islands descent (passport, birth certificate, reference letter).

    The following applicants are deemed ineligible:

    • sixth year medical students because they receive a stipend
    • PhD students because the frontline workforce takes priority
    • First year health science students (competitive course).

    The Ministry of Health will consider applications from both full-time and part time workers (including DHB employees).

    Scholarship payments

    The Scholarships will be made of:

    • $10,000 for Medical and Dentistry students
    • $5,000 for all remaining qualifications (refer to list of eligible qualifications).

    Course fees will be paid directly to your tertiary organisation once you have been approved in a course.

    The Ministry does not provide funding for accommodation costs, course related costs, or study leave days.

    Fast track students

    If you received a scholarship in 2018, and have a GPA of five (B average), you will automatically qualify for a Scholarship in 2019. However, you will still need to complete the form online and upload your 2018 course grades. Please attach either an official or unofficial transcript.


    How to apply online

    • Access the online form using the link at the bottom of this page
    • Make sure that you save your application if you are going away from your computer as you may have to start the application again. We also advise that you make a copy of your answers to the questions and save them on a Microsoft document
    • Attach either an official or unofficial transcript for tertiary study. Only those who are entering their first year of tertiary study are required to upload their NCEA results (we do not require NCEA results from returning tertiary students)
    • Upload a screen shot of your fees if your statement of fees is not available
    • Ensure your application is complete as the Ministry will not be following up with any incomplete applications
    • No late applications will be accepted by the Ministry
    • You will not be able to complete an application using your smartphone.

    Here are some instructions and tips on how to prepare an application.

    Apply online for the 2019 scholarships.

    Applications for the 2019 scholarships close 8 February 2019.

    If you are having trouble with your application or have any other queries please call the Pacific team on (04) 816 2475 or email

    Toloa Community Fund

    The Toloa Community Fund has been set up to promote and increase the number of Pacific peoples in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) related careers.

    Toloa Community Fund is in its forth year running and we’re inviting all Pacific organisations that work with Pacific communities to apply for funding to delivery STEM related activities. The total allocation of funding for 2019  is $100,000.

    Attention all Pacific organisations working with Pacific communities engaged in delivering step-related activities: the Toloa Communtiy Fund applies to you!

    See following message from CE Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Laulu Mac Leauanae: “With STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based careers the way of the future, encouraging Pacific peoples to enter STEM-related study and careers is a top priority for MPP.

    We have extended the application closing date for both the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships and the Toloa Community Fund until December 10, 2018. Toloa Tertiary Scholarships aim to encourage Pacific students to pursue studies in STEM subjects at tertiary level and increase the numbers of Pacific people employed into STEM-related careers – APPLY HERE for scholarship.

    The Toloa Community Fund applies to Pacific organisations that work with Pacific communities to deliver STEM-related activities. APPLY HERE for funding from the Toloa Community Fund.” 

    2019 Aniva Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health)

    Applications for the 2019 Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health) are now open and will close on Monday 22 October 2018. Places are limited so please get in contact with us as soon as you can. Successful applications will be notified before the end of November 2018.

    Applicants must meet the following entry criteria:

    • Registered New Zealand nurse or midwife of Pacific descent and/or cultural links with Pacific communities.
    • New Zealand resident.
    • Minimum of three years practice (following registration where applicable)
    • Evidence the applicant has maintained their professional development including recent tertiary study or clinical training.
    • Currently employed at least part-time and evidence that the applicant has employer support to participate in the programme.
    • Demonstration of leadership skills in at least one of the following area: primary care, community development, clinical practice, management or governance, and teaching or research.

    To apply: submit an updated curriculum vitae (CV) or resume and a letter of support from your employer by the due date, Monday 22 October 2018. Please ensure your submissions include evidence of the entry criteria above.

    Applications can be submitted via email to or posted to PO Box 5834, Wellington 6140.

    Read more about the Aniva here.