Scholarship Trust

Whakatane Historical Society Scholarship Trust


To award scholarships to students* from the Eastern Bay of Plenty for study and research in New Zealand and its territories.
Students must have undertaken and completed
their first year of tertiary study.
* Any adult doing research with a view to publishing.


Such scholarships are to be restricted to the following disciplines on New Zealand issues:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Botany
  • Conservation & Planning
  • Demography
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Zoology

Application Process


Application forms can be obtained from the Trust Secretary. Completed application forms must be received no later than 31st March in any year 

Secretary Whakatane Historical Society Scholarship Trust

P.O. Box 785 Whakatane 3158

New Zealand

Apply for Scholarship

If you meet the general requirements and would like to apply for a scholarship then please download and complete the form.

Note: This form MUST be printed and signed.

We do not accept electronic applications as the form must be signed.

Contact Information

Secretary For Scholarship Trust

General Requirements

Applicants should have proven academic ability and personal attributes. Preferences will be given to research leading to publication of theses, essays or dissertations.

All successful applicants shall be required to furnish regular written progress reports of their research to the Trust.

When completed, a copy of their thesis, essay or dissertation must be submitted to the H.D. London research library in the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery.


The Whakatane Historical Society Scholarship Trust was instigated by the late Mr Anton van der Wouden, Honorary life member of the Whakatane and District Historical Society Inc, and curator of the Whakatane District Museum and Gallery from 1976 to 1992, to use surplus funds of the historical society to provide scholarships from the Eastern Bay of Plenty.


Previous Scholarship Recipients


Raw nia Kamau, Master of Social Studies, Waikato University
Terry Kapua, Master of Indigenous Studies, Te Whare Wanango 6 Awanuiarangi


Freya Scott, MSc Geography, Auckland University
Jason Laurent, MSc Geography, Waikato University


Alyson Schuler, MSc Planning Practice, Lincoln University
Bridget Boyes, MSc Planning Practice, Auckland University
Erina Mayo, MSc Forensics, Waikato University


Marcus Matchitt, Master of Maori Studies, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

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