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Ngāi Tahu Tourism scholarship open

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is looking for Ngāi Tahu students to apply for its Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship.

The scholarship is an opportunity for someone who is starting or already studying a tourism qualification, who is keen to make their mark on the industry.
It includes study fee support, paid holiday work, and opportunities to grow cultural skills and learn more about Ngāi Tahu.

Chief Executive Quinton Hall says, “Tourism is New Zealand’s biggest export earner and one of the most dynamic sectors to work in. We want to encourage more Ngāi Tahu to consider the tourism industry as an exciting and worthwhile career option.”

Last year’s scholar, Tia Taiaroa, is in her second year of studying Māori and tourism at the University of Otago.

She worked at Guided Walks New Zealand and Shotover Jet last summer, trying out a range of tasks including sales, marketing and administration, and even spent time on part of the Hollyford Track walk.

“My advice to anyone thinking of applying is to do it if you’re looking for an exciting opportunity. Go in with an open mind, expect the unexpected and find out what you like and don’t like,” Tia says.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism owns and operates some of the most iconic experiences in Aotearoa, from the thrills of Shotover Jet to the tranquillity of the Hollyford Valley. We have 11 businesses in spectacular locations and we host one million visitors each year.

To find out more and apply, go to:,23181

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