Māori who are studying the arts, or an arts related field, are encouraged to apply for this year’s Ngā Karahipi a Te Waka Toi, Te Waka Toi Scholarships.
Every year Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, awards two scholarships to emerging artists who have talent in, and promise and commitment to the future of Māori arts. Each scholarship is worth $4000.
“The scholarships often identify future movers and shakers of the Māori art world. It is exciting to support the artists at such an early and crucial stage, then watch their careers flourish,” says Te Waka Toi Chair Darrin Haimona.
The scholarships are open to students of all artforms; theatre, music, visual arts, dance as well as art-related areas such as curation, arts writing and conservation. Students must be studying at a formal place of learning including marae, or other institution such as an accredited university, polytechnic or whare wānanga.
All scholarship applicants are assessed on leadership qualities, their involvement with iwi and marae as well as their artistic, cultural and academic merit of their application.
Applicants need to submit quality examples of their work and two references from people who support them and their path of study. The applicant must also explain their reasons for wanting a career in Māori arts.
The 2012 scholarship winners were painter Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Kāi Tahu, Rangitāne) and Kingi Pitiroi (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) who works in tā moko, three dimensional art works, painting, reo Māori and kapa haka.
The 2013 Te Waka Toi Scholarships will be presented at an awards evening in August.
The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 29 March 2013. More information on the Te Waka Toi scholarships and now to apply is available online.