Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

Māori and Pasifika students looking to learn a trade can apply for a Māori and Pasifika Trades Training scholarship, which is a government-funded scholarship to cover full fees and course-related costs.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship students are supported at both Whitireia and WelTec by the Tamaiti Whangai team. 

The Tamaiti Whangai team will support you with mentoring, goal setting, pastoral and cultural support. You will have the opportunity to get your drivers license, site safe and first aid certificates.

We thank our iwi partners, Te Ātiawa and
Ngāti Toa Rangatira as well as our Pasifika
partner, Mafutaga Faifeau Samoa for the
support they provide to our Māori and Pasifika
Trades Training Scholarship students.

Support we offer

Programme Selection Advice

  • Not sure what to do or thinking about further study? We can help you choose the right training for you.

Pastoral Care

  • If you have any problems - in your study or in your personal life - we can help you.

Job Brokers

  • You will have access to our jobs broker service. We will help you find employment.


  • Our Māori and Pasifika mentors will support you throughout the year. We will give you every opportunity to succeed. 

Goal Setting

  • We help you set goals and then provide guidance so that you successfully achieve them.  

Social Opportunities

  • Have fun at our sports days and social events. Make new friends.

Getting You Ready For Work

  • Prepare for work with our Passport to Work. Get help with putting together a CV. Get what you need for work - your New  Zealand drivers license, Site Safety certification, or First Aid Certificate

Community Support

  • You will benefit from our connections with iwi  Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Te Ātiawa (including Tamaiti Whangai), the Pasifika community, Industry Training Organisations and employer

Graduation Ceremonies

  • Celebrate your success at graduation with your friends and whānau. 

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Programme options

We have a variety of programme options for MPTT, these include: Automotive, Bakery, Carpentry, Collision Repair, Electrical Engineering, Food and Beverage, Hairdressing, Makeup and Skincare, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying, Painting and Decorating and Tiling.

Take a look at our programmes for start dates and further details. 

Scholarship criteria

You need to meet the entry criteria for the programme you are enrolling in and be:

  • Of Māori or Pasifika descent
  • 16-40 years old at the start of your study
  • A New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Able to meet the entry requirements for your programme

We want you to be passionate and show that you are motivated to succeed.

How to apply

To apply for a scholarship, please complete and return the application form.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship guide and application form

Talk to the team

For more information contact twa@weltec.ac.nz

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