Te Paewai o te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement


Value: Up to $25,000 over 3 years

Study Level: Entrance/School Leaver

Subject Area: Any

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2018


If you’re an outstanding student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership potential and community involvement, this scholarship will support you to achieve excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato.

Te Paewai o te Rangi can be translated to mean the water horizon. It is the place where the ocean meets the sky, and where the sun sets and rises every day. This is the transition point where Tāne travelled on his quest to ascend into the heavens and to suspend the stars in the sky. Metaphorically, Te Paewai o te Rangi is a term that can be used to represent a person’s journey to achieve excellence. It is an unending pursuit to reach the pinnacle of your desires, which in the case of this scholarship is education and knowledge.

Te Paewai o te Rangi is also a pathway where the terrestrial becomes the celestial and people move in to a higher state of being and understanding. It is a point where change occurs and people push the boundaries and go beyond the norm. In this situation the scholarship is providing a platform for outstanding students to strive for excellence and to reach the stars  - (concept and metaphor provided by Associate Professor Rangi Matamua).

Each year, twenty scholarships will be awarded, with a value of up to $25,000 over three years. Recipients of the scholarship will also be guaranteed a place in the University Halls of Residence.


For students who are intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree at the University of Waikato for the first time in 2019. Applicants must have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence or the equivalent through CIE or IB (see appendix A of the regulations for equivalencies). Applicants must also provide evidence of leadership and community involvement.


Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Phone +64 7 858 5096