Category: News

Massey University Q and A Webinars

Massey University presents Ask Me Anything, an interactive webinar series.

Each webinar has a panel of current students and graduates talking about their journey with Massey University. Students ask these experts and leaders about their experiences of what worked and what didn’t in their study and career journeys.


The webinars available are:

Click here to find out more about our panel members.

For the Ask Me Anything webinars REGISTER HERE

UC Scholarship Applications now open

It’s nearly halfway through the year, which means it’s time for you to take your first steps to securing a place at UC in 2021.

Applications for prospective student scholarships are now open, with Student accommodation applications opening in August. Both of these require you to write a Personal Statement. 

Writing a great Personal Statement is important. You need to sell yourself, and to do that you need to identify what makes you different. Every school has sports captains, head students, and high achievers – how will you stand out from all the others?

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make a list of your strengths and achievements
  • Think about how you’ve shown leadership
  • List your after-school activities, jobs and/or interests

Now take all the information you’ve listed and use it to create your Personal Statement. You may want to get a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) opinion from your Careers Advisor, teachers, whānau, or friends.

When you submit your applications make sure you edit, revise, and refine your statement to match the scholarship or hall of residence you are applying for.

If you’d like some more advice on personal statements and preparing your scholarship application, register for one of our free upcoming online scholarship webinars (6-22 July) or attend the a scholarship session if we present one at your school.

Register for a Scholarships Webinar

Also, don’t forget to register for our Rā Tōmene | UC Open Days online on 9 July or on-campus on 27 August to learn even more!

Ngā mihi

Alana Batcheler

UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga

AUT – degree programme information videos

AUT have created a library of videos breaking down each of their degree programmes on the AUT youtube channel. This has been created by the recruitment team to help students explore all their options and give some details of each major.


Click below to see our range of videos


AUT Insights chapters

PWC Scholarships for school leavers – new details for 2020

Following on from our email in May, we have taken time to review and reflect on the purpose and structure of our Scholarship programme to ensure we are aligned to PwC’s purpose of solving important problems in society. As a result, we have refocused our offering.

At this point, we need to summarise that we are reducing the number of scholarships offered and lifting the level of support and mentoring attached to them.

  • 5 PwC School Scholarships – These are for students who are facing personal or financial hardship
  • 2 Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu scholarship- These are for students with Māori heritage
  • Continue to build relationships with Schools across the country, attending careers fairs and guest speaking to promote PwC as a great opportunity for young talent
  • Continued development of the PwC mentor programme

PwC School Scholarship

5 PwC school Scholarship will be offered for students who have personal or financial hardship that may impact their opportunity to access tertiary education. Please note, there is an opportunity for students with financial or personal hardship to highlight their circumstances as part of the online application. This is for students who without a Scholarship may struggle to attend University.

This Scholarship is focussed on giving local talent the best start possible by providing financial support during university and having a PwC mentor.

PwC School Scholarship details:

  • $7,000 towards university fees and course-related costs
  • A PwC staff member to mentor the Scholarship winner during their tertiary studies
  • Access to business networks amongst the best and brightest minds in New Zealand at our social and scholarship events
  • The opportunity to learn about what we do behind the scenes
  • An opportunity to be interviewed for a paid Summer Internship in penultimate year of study

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu Scholarship

Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly

If we give the bird what it needs then it will thrive

This whakataukī speaks to the notion and the purpose of our Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu scholarship. We will provide opportunity for young Māori talent to build their ngā kete mātuaranga (baskets of knowledge), in a safe, protected and nurturing environment, then they will be equipped and empowered to fulfil their purpose, and ultimately thrive and prosper as an individual and future leader of their whānau, hapū, iwi and wider community.


2 Scholarships will be offered to young Māori talent, these are new scholarships and were created in partnership with our Manukura Maori Business Team.

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu Scholarship details:

  • $7,000 towards your university fees and course-related costs over the course of their degree
  • A PwC staff member (Manukura Māori Business Team) to mentor the candidate during their university study
  • Access to business networks amongst the best and brightest minds in New Zealand at our social and scholarship events
  • The opportunity to learn about what we do behind the scenes, so recipients can choose the career path that best suits them
  • An opportunity to be interviewed for a paid Summer Internship in penultimate year of study

Enhanced relationship with all schools across NZ
We want to enhance how we engage with your top students, either through careers fairs, mentoring and guest speaking series. It’s important that we are able to work with you to showcase the many opportunities PwC has to offer.

We will follow up next week with more information on the application process.


Timeline 2020:


PwC Scholarship team

PwC Scholarship


Ara Update: fees free trades training / info evening / virtual open week

NEW! Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)
Recently announced by the Government; the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will support learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees.

The TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will make a range of training and apprenticeship programmes at sub-degree level free for learners. It is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong, or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of COVID-19.

Ara offers a large range of programmes eligible for fees cover under the TTAF. This includes all our Trades programmes (with the exception of Automotive), our Health and Wellbeing Certificate and our Diplomas in Engineering, Architectural Studies, Construction and Interior Design.

There are many opportunities for free or reduced-fees study at Ara, not solely limited to programmes included under the TTAF. To find out more contact your Ara Youth and Community Development Representative.

School to Tertiary Transition – Info Evening for Students and their Whānau 
Ara is hosting an evening event on Thursday 25 June at 5.15pm for students and their Whānau who are looking at preparing for higher-level study.

The Whānau Transition Information Evening will cover:

Information for courses starting in July 2020 and February 2021 including:

  • Youth Guarantee Programmes
  • Trades
  • L3 & L4 Study and Career Prep Pathway programs
  • Diplomas and degrees
  • Understanding how NCEA L1, L2 & L3 can unlock pathways into tertiary qualifications
  • Pathway planning; looking at what credits you have and helping you find a starting point at Ara
  • Entry Requirements including adjustments to University Entrance and Alternative Entry Requirements
  • Information on the new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), Fees Free and Scholarship opportunities.

Please bring along your Passport or Birth Certificate if you wish to enrol for a programme or course during the Information Evening.

Location: Rakaia Centre (X Block)
Ara City Campus
130 Madras St, Christchurch Central

For further information on this event, please contact Blair Kaad – 

This year, our mid-year open event from Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July will be a virtual experience featuring all the information your students need to make sound decisions about their future.

Students can join subject-specific Zoom sessions, meet tutors online and ask them questions, check out loads of cool ‘students-in-action’ videos, find out about our comprehensive student support services and even take a virtual campus tour.

Click here for more information. We would appreciate if you could please share this link with your students so they can check out the event, and register for any information sessions they are interested in.

Check out this quick video about what will be happening during Virtual Open Week!
Changes to NCEA University Entrance Requirements 
Ara will apply the updated NZQA stipulations for NCEA and University Entrance to all entry criteria as per the recent government announcement. Other entry criteria will still apply.  Ara is working through updating our website and other course materials to reflect these changes. Students do not need to do anything different when applying for programmes with a University Entrance requirement.

Keystone Trust Scholarship

Keystone trust offers scholarships for tertiary programmes such as: Property, architecture, land surveying, engineering, construction, property law, landscape architecture, quantity surveying, urban planning, building science.

Receive financial assistance of $5,000 per annum for a period of three years.

Applications for scholarship for study in 2021 open 2 June 2020 and close 14 August 2020.

Keystone scholarship 2020

Are you interested in studying the the USA?

EducationUSA Virtual Week

July 6 – 10, 2020

Starting at 12:00pm each day

EdUSA Virtual Week Schedule A4

Learn about studying in the United States! Join the EducationUSA Team and 20 U.S. colleges and universities for EducationUSA Virtual Week, featuring 10 Facebook Live sessions on finding best fit institutions, navigating financial assistance, how to prepare for applications, and more. Education advisers from New Zealand will be available for a live Q&A session on July 10th. All questions about study in the USA answered!



Tune in live:

Court Theatre Youth Crew

For young people aged 15-21

Training with our YOUTH CREW provides the skills required to operate safely under supervision in entry level roles and often leads to casual employment at The Court Theatre. Students are taught by a variety of professionals across the field and learning will take place through practical application.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the roles and skills needed to work in performing arts and events venues;
  • Work safely as part of a supervised crew on entry level tasks.
  • Communicate and interact with team members.
  • Receive instructions, give and receive feedback, reflect on learning.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of health and safety procedures and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate self-management skills, including time management and personal presentation.

Youth Crew members will experience six weeks of tutoring in Term 3 and Term 4, which will cover all elements of technical theatre, design and stage management. In addition to teaching Youth Crew will also have opportunities to be involved in both Youth Company Productions and Theatresports as crew.

Sessions are held at The Court Theatre, and sometimes offsite at places of interest, on Saturdays from 10am-1pm.


Victoria University of Wellington – Online Presentations


Come along to a digital information session

We are hosting a two-part series of digital information sessions for prospective students. The first part will provide students with an introduction to the University, and information about our degrees, student life, accommodation, and scholarships.

In the first part of the series, there are three sessions to choose from:

  • Wednesday 10 June, 6–7 pm
  • Thursday 11 June, 6–7 pm
  • Tuesday 23 June, 6–7 pm

These digital information sessions will introduce students to life and study at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. As well as polls and live Q&A, the sessions will include information about:

  • The student experience at Victoria University of Wellington and your capital city as a study destination.
  • Study areas, degree structure, and admission and enrolment.
  • Accommodation, scholarships and student services.

Students can register online to receive access details.

The second part of the series will focus on subject areas, and will be hosted by academics from our faculties. These subject information sessions will be held on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July. We will announce details of the subject area information sessions closer to the time.

Open Day update

In light of the current situation, we are adapting our approach to our Open Day on Friday 21 August. We will have our new plans finalised by July 1, and we will be sure to inform you of the programme for the day.

At this stage, we are planning to offer a mixed delivery of events, with some events taking place on campus, alongside a range of sessions online for those who cannot travel to Wellington. As the current situation is ever-changing, we would advise students to wait until July 1 to make travel plans.