Record number of student scholarships awarded

2017 awardsA record number of students were awarded Whitireia Foundation scholarships for study in 2017. For this, we are grateful to our amazing sponsors, a good number who have been supporting Whitireia students for a decade or more. Take a look at our sponsors here. The families, trusts and businesses that are our sponsors, have all made a meaningful commitment to their community by supporting a student. A number of sponsors also provide mentoring and work placement opportunities.

Our students tell us they see this investment in them and their future as hugely significant. We know from their feedback that a scholarship is worth so much more than the money.  Students respond to the faith shown in them by their sponsors and they commit themselves to doing their absolute best. We hear from our sponsors that they are motivated by seeing their student reach their potential, and they will support them in many ways to do that – from commissioning artworks, as in the case of one of our carving students, to regularly opening their business up to students to experience the workplace for themselves.  We look forward to tracking the future achievements of students participating in mentorship and work experience, and to grow this part of our scholarship programme, based on the evidence we gather.

The Foundation extends grateful thanks to all our sponsors and to the students who have joined the Whitireia Foundation family, through being awarded scholarships this year. See photos from the Ceremony on Whitireia’s Facebook page here.

Reaching 50 scholarships for 2017 is a milestone for us. We also had a record number of applicants. We would love to be able to recognise more students, so fewer miss out. Our scholarships have grown from $70,000 awarded in 2011 to $120,000 in 2017. Our Trustees are committed to fostering enduring partnerships with our sponsors that will result in the continued growth of the scholarship fund, and most of all, in the attainment of student – and community – success.

If you are thinking about making a difference by sponsoring a student, please get in touch. You can use the comments section below to make an inquiry – your details will be kept confidential.

Awards Ceremony 22 March 2017 – Foundation Chair, Kelvin Irvine, congratulates students, welcoming them to the Whitireia Foundation family
Porirua Mayor, Mike Tana, was along to present a scholarship to Samrawit Abraham (B Nursing) on behalf of the Council. Carla Uncles (B Teaching Early Childhood) is to the left. On the right are Jasmine Haley (B Social Work) and Foundation Trustee Robyn Moore 
Tim Sheppard and Erebuka Bwauro Perf Arts
Trust Porirua sponsor ten scholarships. Here is Trust Chair, Tim Sheppard, presenting Performing Arts student, Erebuka Bwauro, with her award.  

Record number of scholarship applications received!


Applications have closed, with a record number of scholarship applications – 172 – eclipsing the 132 received last year. Our moderators are in the final stages of review and selection and we will announce the recipients in the new year. If you have applied for a Whitireia Scholarship for 2017, a big thank you for your efforts. As usual, we had an incredibly high standard of applicants. Congratulations to all our recipients who will go on to study with Whitireia in 2017.

The Foundation thanks all our amazing sponsors – with your support, more than 50 students are getting  helping hand with their studies, with resulting benefits to their families and the wider community for years to come.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season. Keep safe and well – Arohanui.

PS – Prospectus 2017 is out now – check it out!

Scholarship Awards 2014!

At a lively and uplifting ceremony last week, more than $100,000 of scholarship awards were presented to 46 hard-working Whitireia students. Whitireia Foundation Chair, Tim Sheppard, did a fine job as master of ceremonies, speaking from the heart, as always.

The ceremony and after-match supper saw our students supported by a crowd of enthusiastic whanau, friends, and of course, their all-important sponsors. Guest speaker this year was the engaging Maria Uluilelata, Whitireia’s career consultant, who spoke about her learning journey.

This year, we were excited to present a high-spec laptop computer to one of our most hard-working journalism students. Other awards ranged from book grants, to tuition scholarships up to $3500-00 in value. As trustees, we have been moved by many of the letters of appreciation received in the past week from our student recipients – we share some of these with you on our students’ stories page.

Here are a few pictures from this year’s outstanding group of scholarship recipients. Congratulations to you all, and huge thanks to our sponsors – your contribution makes such a difference to many lives. To friends and whanau of our recipients, thank you for celebrating this year’s student scholarship awards with us – your participation means a great deal. Thanks also to our Whitireia support staff, with extra-special thanks to Donna Creary, organiser-extraordinaire. This event was attended by two new Trustees – welcome Izzy Ford and John Granville. We were also privileged to have with us two members of the Weltec/Whitireia Council. All of you helped make this event truly heart-warming.

Whitireia Foundation - JV Simpson Memorial Scholarship
JV Simpson Memorial Scholarship – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) student Jessie McDonald (left) with her sponsor Megan Simpson
Whitireia scholarships 2014 Journalism scholarship recipient Anneka paul
Journalism student Anneka Paul with her sponsor from Dell
Whitireia Foundation scholarships 2014 Fuji Xerox awards 5 scholarships
Jamie Clarke (left} of Fuji Xerox NZ with Jason van der Walt (awarded one of five Fuji Xerox scholarships)
rs BNM - Kelly Waho, Desiree Hawkins, Anaru Rima, Diamond Henderson, Caroline Komene, Amy Matthews
Bachelor of Nursing Maori – Kelly Waho, Desiree Hawkins, Anaru Rima, Diamond Henderson, Caroline Komene, Amy Matthews
Guest speaker, Maria Uluilelata - Career consultant, Whitireia NZ
Guest speaker, Maria Uluilelata – Career consultant, Whitireia NZ
rs Trust Porirua - Desiree McKenzie
Trust Porirua scholarship recipient (left) Desiree McKenzie

Scholarship winners with their sponsors


Ria Hodges - Ngati toa scholarship Whitireia Foundation awards 2014
Ngati Toa Scholarship – Ria Hodges – National Diploma Te Reo Maori

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships are available to new and existing students studying at Whitireia. Recipients are selected on the twin criteria of merit and perseverance to succeed in spite of personal circumstances. Applications are open to students in October each year.

2014 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship recipients
Masei Alipia – Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science)
Hamish Anderson – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Timothy Parker – Bachelor of Social Work
Jason van der Walk – Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Sarah Whitaker – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Adam Wineera – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama)
Greg Young – Certificate in Carpentry
Diamond Henderson – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Tifaimoana Iosefo – Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Caroline Komene – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Ailima Logologo – Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Anaru Rima – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Anneka Paul – National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-media)
Jacob Aldridge – Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Aidan Hutchison – Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Kauna Lopa – Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Farese Tasele – Certificate in Carpentry
Toanui Utia – Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Michele De Bes – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Julia Giblin – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Amy Matthews – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Sarah-Jane Thorpe – Bachelor of Nursing
Rosalie Nicol – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Jill Sim – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Mahala Jay – Bachelor of Nursing
Matti Kernaghan – Bachelor of Nursing
Rose Nimarota – Bachelor of Nursing Pacific
Emma Millanta – Bachelor of Nursing
Alexandra Grace – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)
Sarah Coleman – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)
Jessie McDonald – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Desiree Hawkins – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Kelly Waho – Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Phayphachit Chao – Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Dylan Daley – Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Regan Devadas – Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Stuart Foote – Certificate in Carpentry
Daniel Haarhoff – Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Kelemete Iasona – Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Samuel Jones – Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Choong Kim – Certificate in Carpentry
Desiree McKenzie – Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Anesu Makorimbo – Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gasfitting and Roofing
Sui Ngun To – Certificate in Carpentry
Eden Shields – Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Ria Hodges – National Diploma in Te Reo Māori

2014 gets off to a great start!

Whitireia Orientation 2014
A great start to 2014 – huge turnout for the Powhiri at our Porirua campus

A fantastic start to the week and year, with simultaneous powhiri on four Wellington campuses, including the largest turnout ever seen at Porirua. Whitireia has been a-buzz with orientation activities, with music filling the Atrium most lunchtimes.

Adding to the buzz, our Wellington-based New Zealand Film and Television School has turned out yet another winner, with short film Oscar being selected for screening at the 2014 Speechless Film Festival in Mankato, Minnesota, USA.

Oscar-PosterV4Small2Directed by first-time short film maker, Isauro Torres, Oscar screens at the Speechless Film Festival 20-22 March 2014. Isauro graduated at the end of 2013, and is part of Crew 26. Sima Urale is Head Tutor at the New Zealand Film and Television School: “It’s great to be getting recognition internationally,” says Sima. “It shows and endorses the quality of the work produced by our graduate filmmakers.” Great work Sima, Isauro and crew.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to getting our students off to a great start for 2014. Check out orientation photos on Facebook Whitireia Orientation Week 2014.

Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2013

More than 200 people attended the 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Awards on March 26, celebrating the success of 50 deserving scholarship recipients. Proud friends and family were in attendance to celebrate the students’ fine achievement, alongside valued sponsors, Porirua’s Mayor, Nick Leggett, members of the Whitireia Council, Whitireia’s CEO Don Campbell, along with other Whitireia staff, and Foundation Trustees. Chair of the Foundation, Tim Sheppard, presided over the ceremony, where our sponsors personally presented the awards to each student. Speaking for the students, Anaru Rima, a Bachelor of Nursing (Māori) student and  Ngāti Toa scholarship recipient, impressed on guests and sponsors, just what it meant to receive such support:

The generosity of the sponsors and their support allows us to progress and move forward within our different areas of study. We will repay you through being committed, focused and dedicated to our studies at Whitireia – Anaru Rima

Pacifica students

Whitireia’s brand new Wikitoria Katene building (at the Porirua campus) was a fitting location for the ceremony, reflecting the significant milestones achieved by both Whitireia Community Polytechnic and the Foundation, in the past year. Last week saw Whitireia celebrating the opening of its impressive new building, and upgraded facilities for Health Science students. In another milestone, the Foundation’s Trustees had last year set the ambitious target of $100,000 to be awarded in scholarships for 2013, up from 70,000 in 2012. In fact, the Whitireia Foundation was proud to award more than $103,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships support students’ studies in a range of areas, including: Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Information Technology, Applied Business Studies, Professional Cookery, Performing Arts, Electrical and Automotive Engineering and Carpentry.

Social work students

The Foundation and students gratefully acknowledge our 15 valued sponsors for providing grants ranging from $500 to $3000. Most are for tuition, with two providing grants for books. Sisters - both recipients of a 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship

The awarding of scholarships was followed by a ‘mix and mingle’ supper, where sponsors and students could get to know each other, along with trustees, Whitireia staff, Council members and invited guests.

Thanks must go to scholarship administrator Donna Creary and other Whitireia staff who worked hard to deliver what appeared to be a seamless presentation ceremony – a stand-out evening for all who attended.

Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all our 2013 Whitireia Foundation Scholarship recipients. We look forward to hearing about your year!

Name Programme
Aimee Andrews Bachelor of Nursing
Rebecca Pateman Bachelor of Information Technology
Penelope Wilde Bachelor of Nursing
Mirian Karoua Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Litiana Uluiburotu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Lonise Aitogi Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing (Māori)
Rose Pusa Nimarota Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Emma Millanta Bachelor of Nursing
Uputaua Matagi Bachelor of Nursing
Amanda Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Social Work
Kaitlyn Thomson Bachelor of Nursing
Suzanne Reichenbach-Sisk Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Caleb Lomaloma Bachelor of Information Technology
Luano Duffy Viliamu Bachelor of Applied Business Studies
Laura Robertson Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)
Peri Te Wao Bachelor of Nursing (Māori)
Trisha Wee Bachelor of Nursing
Tifaimoana Iosefo Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Jahleen Tauakume Certificate in Professional Cookery
Jill Sim Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Raola Sayer Bachelor of Social Work
Sharna Welham Bachelor of Nursing
Linda Soukbandith Bachelor of Nursing
Rexmond Pelman Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Willie Ropati Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Tyler James Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Joshua Calvert Certificate in Professional Cookery
Zsairon La’ulu Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Zachary Warmouth Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Tagimoana Toloa Bachelor of Information Technology
Ebony Sushames Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)
Kristy Faanunu New Zealand Diploma in Business
Kolo Manatua Certificate in Automotive Engineering
Joedyle Magadia Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Caleb Krishnan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Wiremu Nuku Certificate in Carpentry
Daniel Curran Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Brett Sullivan Certificate in Electrical Engineering
Sarah-Jane Thorpe Bachelor of Nursing
Anaru Rima Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Louise Katene Bachelor of Nursing Māori
Todd Williamson Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Richard Anderson Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
Jennifer Roberts Bachelor of Social Work
Douglas Cavenagh Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Advanced)
Leeza Moananu Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
Leigh Kellet Bachelor of Social Work
Susan Fitzgerald Bachelor of Social Work
Tangimoana Te MoananuiWhitireia New Zealand logo Certificate in Foundation Health Science

Whitireia is pleased and proud to support the valuable work of the Foundation. Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships or email

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships

The Whitireia Foundation logo

The Whitireia Foundation is a registered charitable trust, established in 1999 and responsible for managing and growing its scholarship fund, which today sits at close to $400, 000. Our aim is to expand educational opportunities for Whitireia students, to promote knowledge, interest and support for their educational activities. The foundation is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to students who are planning to study at Whitireia. These scholarships provide financial assistance towards tuition fees, unless otherwise specified.

Only the interest on the endowment fund is used for Foundation scholarships, preserving the capital fund. Scholarships are also provided by individuals, organisations and businesses. In 2011-2012, $70,000 was granted to forty-one students, who performed with exceptional results. 2013 saw $100,000 awarded to 50 students, with a similar amount going to students in 2014.

Recipients meet with their scholarship provider on a number of occasions throughout their time of study.  Encouraged by the faith shown in them as recipients of a hard-won scholarship, and by the supportive learning environment Whitireia offers, near 100 per cent of our scholarship recipients complete their programme of study with success. Encouragement is seen by many of our students to have as much value as the monetary benefit they receive via their scholarship. The Foundation congratulates all of our scholarship recipients on their achievements.

Letters from our scholarship recipients tell of their experiences and demonstrate how the Whitireia Foundation is making a difference. There is so much satisfaction in seeing someone who receives a scholarship flourishing in their chosen career.

Application guide (PDF 216KB)

Applications for 2013 scholarships (PDF 198KB)

Reference (PDF 177KB)

Progress report (PDF 175KB)

Scholarship application forms are available from the Information & Enrolment Centre (IEC) at the Whitireia Porirua campus. Applications for 2014 closed in October 2013. 

Who are our Trustees?

Our Trustees are volunteers who live in the Porirua area and are passionate about expanding educational opportunities for all, whatever people’s personal circumstances. The Trustees are responsible for developing relationships with businesses and individuals who grant scholarships. Some have provided scholarships themselves. The Trustees efforts on behalf of the Foundation include growing awareness of the fund, ensuring the widest variety of people know of the opportunities available to them. The Trustees particular focus in 2012 and 2013 is to grow the fund, to benefit more students, and to provide a buffer for when interest rates are low and the return on the capital does not meet desirable levels. If you are in a position to fund a scholarship, the Foundation would very much appreciate hearing from you. You are welcome to contact one of our Trustees in confidence (click here to go to Trustee page) or email Whitireia at the address below.

Who can apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded on the twin criteria of merit and perseverance to succeed  – despite personal circumstances.

Applicants must:

  • Be over 16 years of age
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident for two years
  • Be enrolling in a full-time / full-year programme of study at Whitireia
  • Meet the entry requirements for their desired programme of study
  • Have been a full-time secondary student for six months prior to application or have recently completed at least 20 weeks fulltime study at Whitireia or previous study if otherwise specified

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstration of a genuine desire and ability to succeed in the chosen area of study
  • Financial circumstances
  • Personal achievement


1 Scholarships will be awarded by the Whitireia Foundation on the basis that the information supplied is true and correct. The foundation reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship if the information provided is incorrect.
2 Applicants may be required to attend an interview with a selection panel.
3 The scholarship must be used for programme fees unless otherwise stated and must be used in the year it is awarded.
4 The Whitireia Foundation reserves the right to not award a scholarship should the Trustees decide that there are no eligible candidates.
5 Recipients are expected to pay programme fees prior to the start of their study in 2014. Scholarship funds will be credited to their Whitireia student account after the receipt of the award at the Whitireia Foundation Scholarship Ceremony early in the academic year.
6 Recipients and their families will be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held early in the academic year. Recipients are required to attend to receive their scholarship.
7 Successful applicants will be required to participate in promotional activities or publicity.
8 If the recipient withdraws or transfers to another programme, it is expected that the scholarship will be repaid to the Foundation.
9 Applicants must be willing to have their progress monitored and provide a statement of achievement at the end of the scholarship year.
10 The decision of the Trustees is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Student in Whitireia library

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors.

Whitireia New Zealand logoWhitireia is pleased and proud to support the valuable work of the Foundation.

Phone 0800 944 847 for more information on scholarships

or email

The Whitireia Foundation gratefully acknowledges Whitireia visual arts and design student Deirdre Ralph for her artwork, featured at the top of the page.