University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarships

Awarded to Pacific students, who have excellent academic achievement and active participation in community, cultural and other activities.



  • One year of catered accommodation in a Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland  Hall of Residence in the first year 
  • $5,000 paid in four lump sum payments over the second and third years.

Accommodation benefits

  • Each Hall offers catering, your own room, a range of activities and events, academic mentoring programmes and pastoral care.
  • Free membership to the University Recreation facilities on the City Campus.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • an Indigenous Pacific student
  • a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • currently enrolled in your final year at a New Zealand secondary school or kura
  • intending to enrol full-time in a degree or Certificate in Health Sciences followed by a degree at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland in 2025 (or taking a gap year in 2025 and planning to enrol in a degree in 2026).

Applying for a scholarship

In the application form you will be asked to tell us about you and your recent education and extracurricular activities. This will include:

  • Whether you participated in Māori performing arts
  • Your cultural participation in Pacific contexts
  • Whether you competed in the finals of academic, sporting or arts competitions
  • Whether you held senior leadership positions at school
  • If you have demonstrated cultural leadership in your school or community
  • If you have been awarded a community-based honour or attended leadership training or personal development programmes

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland acknowledges that some talented students may face barriers to tertiary education and takes into account if you:

  • are the first in your family to attend university
  • are from a refugee background
  • have a disability
  • have care responsibilities for whanau
  • if you live, or attend school or kura, in a rural area
  • if you have demonstrated financial need

You can find more information in the regulations, or on the Am I eligible? page.

Remember to save your application as you go, and once all sections are 100% completed you can submit your application.

How are my academic results assessed?

We look at the number of Excellence credits you attained at NCEA Level 2 or 3 last year, or your CIE average from last year, or your predicted score for IB for this year.