Ngāti Kuia

Ngāti Kuia are the first people of Te Tauihu we are the descendants of Māui, Kupe, and Matua Hautere.

It was Matua Hautere who was brought to this place by the taniwha Kaikaiāwaro and it was the people of Matua Hautere, Ngāti Kuia, who settled the land – Te Hoiere.

The challenges Ngāti Kuia face today are different from those faced by their tūpuna, yet as Tangata Whenua the obligations to those tūpuna, the land, and those who follow, remains. Ngāti Kuia is bound by whakapapa and guided by the principles of kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, whāngai, and manaakitanga and must ensure that the land continues to speak. In doing this the land, as it has always done, will protect and enhance the mana of its first people – Ngāti Kuia.

To be eligible you must be a beneficiary and registered with Ngāti Kuia. You can register or get further information by going to their website.

For more information on the history of Ngāti Kuia and operations, details on how to register as a member, as well as the types of Education Grants they offer, you can visit their website by using the button below.



Trust Website

If you are registered with Ngāti Kuia and believe you are eligible to apply, you can do so by going to the Application Portal using the button below.

NOTE: You must indicate that one of your six (6) iwi affiliations is Ngāti Kuia in order for the scholarship application to show up on the home page.

Application Portal

When you apply for a Ngāti Kuia scholarship via the MET Application Portal it is VERY IMPORTANT that you select Ngāti Kuia one of your iwi affiliations. If you do not, you won’t be able to apply for these scholarships.


If you haven’t selected the correct iwi and wish to change your iwi affiliations to access the scholarship application, please email