21 September 2004
New scholarship scheme announced
Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced new scholarships for students training to teach in Maori and Pasifika
Further announcements will be made over the next two days about new scholarships in other subject areas where there are
Trevor Mallard said that the new scholarships replace those available only to Maori and Pasifika students in teacher
"The new scholarships will target student teachers of any ethnicity able to teach in Maori medium in either early
childhood, primary or secondary education, and in Pasifika language in early childhood education. There are currently
shortages of qualified teachers in these areas.
"Under the previous scheme about 400 scholarships were available to people of Maori and Pasifika descent in schools and
early childhood education, and were worth up to $10,000 each over a course of study.
"In the new scheme, around 300 scholarships will be awarded each year and they could be worth up to $20,000 each. The
new scheme will cost about $4 million a year when fully implemented.
"In return for the scholarships, recipients will be bonded and expected to teach for the same number of years for which
they received the scholarships."
Trevor Mallard said that the government had concluded that the scholarships based on ethnicity which had been offered
since the 1990s could not be justified.
"What is clear, however, is that teachers able to teach in the medium of Maori and Pasifika languages are in short
supply. It is that shortage which these scholarships focus on. In further announcements this week I will outline what
other subject areas will be targeted for scholarships because of teacher shortages," Trevor Mallard said.