Te Koha Mātahi Scholarship
‘Te ika mātahi’ or ‘the first fish’ is a tikanga once practiced by our tupuna where the first fish caught was released back to Tangaroa. The symbolism of returning the first fish was one of giving thanks to the Atua. Today, the act of catch and release fishing is a conservation practice, a goal of which is to prevent target species from being overfished. It encourages sustainability of the species and is a method used to manage natural resources.
Te Koha Mātahi scholarship is designed to increase the level of engagement and interaction with Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust and the primary sector across the Wairau/Marlborough region. The scholarship shall be awarded to advance the study of the natural environment, archaeology and social history of the Wairau region, including the management of land- and sea-based assets as they pertain to Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust. Areas of study shall include (a) Fisheries; (b) Resource Management; or (c) Environmental Sciences.
One scholarship is awarded at a time. The value of the scholarship may vary according to the level of study.
Applications must be received by 4.00pm on 28 February 2019
Completed applications must be submitted by post or email to:
Mātauranga, Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau, PO Box 883, Blenheim 7240
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org