Waikato-Tainui offers a range of support through educational grants, subsidies and or health assistance.

This aligns with our Whakatupuranga 2050 strategic objective of advancing the social development of our people and growing tribal leaders which education plays a huge role. Below is a list of support available to tribal members to access. You will need to have your tribal registration details in order to access this information. 

If you do not have this please contact 0800 824 684 to get this information or register to become a tribal member


Download our Grants Booklet - Here

Driver license subsidy

The Grant offers registered Waikato-Tainui iwi members a 50% discount off the full cost of a class 1 Car learners, restricted or full licence. It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215). 

Aoraki Bound

The Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta Memorial Aoraki Bound Scholarship recognises the bond between Waikato-Tainui and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the relationships forged between generations of tribal leaders from both iwi.

Kaumaatua Medical Health Grant

The Kaumaatua Medical Health Grant is available to registered tribal members aged 60 years and over to provide relief and support in meeting aged-related medical costs.


Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Education Grant

Tertiary education grants are available to registered iwi members pursuing higher education, whether it is at a university, technical institute, private training entity or waananga.

Poukai Grant

Poukai Grants are made available on an annual basis to all marae that host Poukai as an integral part of Kiingitanga beliefs and customs. The grant is made available to assist in Poukai expenses and does not cover the purchase of fixed assets, wage, salaries. 

Taiao Grant

The grant is awarded to projects that align to the Vision and Strategy for Waikato Awa and the objectives set out in the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan (Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao).

Tikanga Ora Reo Ora (TORO) Grant

The grant aims to; enable tribal members and marae to build capacity in Te Reo Maaori, Tikanga Maaori and Maatauranga Maaori through strategic planning, developing and implementing their reo and tikanga aspirations; and empower tribal practitioners to lead projects and initiatives that meet marae and tribal aspirations.

Sports Grant

This grant aims to support tribal members involved in sports, whether they're an individual athlete, apart of a team or an administrator for a club and/or team (Coach, Manager, Referee or Umpire).


Tumate Mahuta Memorial Scholarship

To apply for a Tertiary Education Grant and/or Scholarship, you must be a registered tribal member, residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution to be eligible.

Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarships

Waikato-Tainui will provide doctoral students the opportunity to apply for funding for up to three years of their full-time doctoral programme.

Partnership Scholarship

In collaboration with our partners, we have established partnership scholarships as part of our ongoing relationships to achieve Whakatupuranga 2050. Partnership Scholarships have a core objective, - to support and promote ongoing educational opportunities to suitable Waikato-Tainui tribal members, with a focus on priority pathways.