Apply now! Retention Scholarships

Toitū​tanga – We are courageous and humble in our pursuit of excellence

We are excited to announce six NEW Retention Scholarships valued at $3,000. These scholarships recognise that graduates of higher-level tertiary programmes play an important role in supporting the economic and social wellbeing of their communities and whānau.

The purpose of the Retention Scholarship is to encourage Māori, Pacific, and learners with disabilities into higher levels of tertiary study at Toi Ohomai. 

To be eligible applicants need to be a graduate (within two years) of a Toi Ohomai programme (one year or six-months), and would have applied and been accepted into a higher-level programme of study with Toi Ohomai.

Applications will open in December for semester 1, 2022 academic year. You can apply through the Toi Ohomai website https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/services/fees-and-finance/scholarships

If you would like assistance with completing an application please email careers

Business as ‘normal’!

He waka eke noa.
We are all on this journey together.

Kia ora Students!

The Careers & Employability Team is continuing to provide you a full careers service, just as we did prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. We are here to support and prepare you for success in finding meaningful careers. This can now be done online, via GoogleMeet, Teams, Zoom – whatever platform you choose! We hope to be able to meet you face-to-face, when it’s safe to do so.

We continue to be very excited about the semester ahead and have lots of new initiatives, events and activities for you to enjoy. Some of them are still in the planning stages – so watch this space… But here’s a quick taster of the things we are working on:

  • This brand new website, full of informative careers resources for you.
  • A ‘Get Job Ready Award’ – show employers you have the employability skills they are looking for.
  • 2022 Virtual careers fairs – meet employers from all over New Zealand.
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • And a central location, with student chill-out zone – called Te Puna ( L2 and Mokoia campus only)

No doubt you will be very busy adjusting to study online, but if you’re a new to Toi Ohomai we strongly encourage you to join our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/toiohomaicareers . The group will keep you up-to-date with important events, activities and jobs.

We very much look forward to working with you, and we encourage you to make the most of the many opportunities and experiences available at Toi Ohomai, especially our careers services!

Hope to see you soon, ka kite anō,

Susie Borell, Karen Pratt, Clare Crawshaw, Marlene Herewini

Careers & Employability Facilatators

Toi Ohomai Graduate – Levi Chand’s Strong Foundations

.. it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.

Levi Chand

Rather than sitting on the couch clocking up Netflix hours, Levi Chand has used the COVID-19 pandemic to focus the vision for his ideal career path. 

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Management from Toi Ohomai, Levi has been contracting to a business solutions firm that helps indigenous organisations reach their goals. He says he helps to build and develop current business trends that will make a difference to his clients’ future.

But with the pandemic and lockdown, Levi says his focus has shifted and he wants to move into a management role in the public sector.

He says he knows the move will have its challenges because “it isn’t always easy being Māori and walking the corporate corridors”.

“I know with this type of power comes great responsibility but I want this to be my success as a change leader. I also need to be sitting at the table with the big guns if I’m going to achieve my goal. A wise man once said: ‘Do you want to sit at the table or be the server?’ It’s a little harsh but it resonates with me as a young Māori.

“And it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.”

Levi is fiercely proud of being Māori and it’s his desire to help his people that drives him.

He says being raised in Te Aō Māori has provided him with strong foundations and experiences like being able to perform for Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whakaue gave him the confidence he needed to foot it in the business world.

“My whakapapa, my heritage, plays a significant role in my life. Let’s be real, without them, we wouldn’t be here. I’m grateful that my ancestors were with me through the highs and lows, peaks and troughs. 

“Knowing they had my back through the tears and triumphs made it a little easier. Whakapapa is all about identity. A line of descent, connecting us to all living things. It’s this understanding that drives me to succeed in my own goals, because I know I’m helping to make a better place for my people, my whenua and those generations to come, just like my ancestors did.”

He says studying at Toi Ohomai has helped him work towards this goal by giving him the skills and experience that he needed.

Before studying at Toi Ohomai, Levi worked in the national accounts team at an international food service provider. But he says he knew if he wanted to grow and actually help people, he needed a qualification.

While studying at Toi Ohomai he also worked three days a week for the first two years, then in his final year he was selected to be part of an internship programme at Rotorua Lakes Council in the Organisational Development team. 

Levi says when he finished the internship, he focused on studying, which helped him tighten up his already impressive skillset. 

“It was the best decision I made. I wasn’t getting A+’s all the way through, but it was close and it meant I could really focus. It also inspired me to look at further study and one day I would like to return to do my master’s degree.”