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Te Ara Hauora: Māori Health Sciences Outreach

Te Ara Hauora is a suite of outreach programmes focused on increasing Māori secondary student science engagement and recruitment into health sciences study and health professional career pathways.

We offer three scholarships for secondary school students.

Te Rauawa o te Pahī

Te Rauawa o te Pahī is a fully-funded six-day residential programme for Year 10 Māori students from South Canterbury, Otago, and Southland secondary schools. Students travel to the Otago Peninsula to undertake a research project at the University of Otago's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.

Student participating in Te Rauawa o te Pahī will be introduced to Māori students from the University of Otago, and from other secondary schools in the lower half of the South Island.

Applications for the 2016 intake of Te Rauawa o te Pahī are now CLOSED. For more information on Te Rauawa o te Pahī please contact Steve Cutler:


Te Rauawa o te Pahī information sheet (PDF 700 KB)

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Te Rangatahi o te Moana

Rangatahi o te Moana is a five-day residential programme for talented Year 11 and 12 Māori students who have a keen interest in the sciences, and who may be considering future study and/or career in health sciences. This programme focuses on ship-based research. Students spend a number of days at sea aboard the University of Otago research vessel RV Polaris II.

The programme builds on and extends from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre's Year 10 residential programmes; therefore preference will be given to those students who have participated in one of the Year 10 programme (such as Te Rauawa o te Pahī or a Year 10 talent development programme).

However, any Māori student considering the possibility of pursuing further science study is encouraged to apply. Applications for the 2016 programme have not yet opened. For more information please contact Steve Cutler:


Te Rangatahi information sheet (PDF 800 KB)

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REACH (Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health)

REACH is a scholarship for Year 13 Māori secondary students interested in a career in health. It is hosted by the University of Otago.

The 2018 REACH Scholarship will take place 22nd - 25th of July. Online applications for the REACH Scholarship are open early May.

Application link can be accessed below when available.

REACH information pack (PDF 700 KB)

Applications for the REACH Scholarship for 2017 are now closed

Every student must submit a completed application by 15 June, and arrange for a confidential reference from either their principal, deputy principal, assistant principal, or Year 13 dean to be sent to the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit in support of their application programme.

What is REACH?

The REACH Otago Scholarship (Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health) provides the opportunity for twenty Year 13 Māori students to spend three nights and days on the University of Otago's Dunedin campus. Students from across New Zealand experience university life first-hand: living in, and visiting, residential colleges; attending lectures; meeting current Otago students; and learning about the various degree and study options Otago offers, particularly in health.

REACH students thoroughly enjoy the hands-on opportunities provided by many of Otago's faculties, schools, and departments—such as Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Human Nutrition.

"The Dentistry Department inspired me enough to want to do it because the practical really interested me and I’ve considered it as a health career I would actually enjoy!"

REACH provides learning opportunities and students report feeling more informed about degree planning and the support networks available at Otago.

"I cannot stress enough how everything really was great on REACH, I have learnt a lot and I've been inspired which gives me determination to achieve my goals."

The Māori Health Workforce Development Unit delivers the REACH Otago Scholarship once or twice each year. For more information on applications contact Programme Manager, Zoë Bristowe:

Tel 64 3 470 3593