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Mā whero, mā pango ka oti ai te mahi

WRMK’s dedicated Māori legal group connects with Māori across Tai Tokerau to preserve and protect whenua, awa and moana and other taonga, and grow Māori wellbeing as a result.

We provide a wide range of services, expert advice and advocacy for Māori, advising whānau, hapū, iwi and affiliated or associated organisations on a variety of matters from governance and asset planning to disputes in the Māori Land Court.

We are trusted advocates, building long-standing relationships with our clients. With offices right across the North, it’s easy for us to meet with you wherever you are based, so that we can truly understand your position and work to help you achieve your objectives.

As part of the wider WRMK team, our team is able to integrate our knowledge of Tai Tokerau and tangata whenua with the firm’s specialised expertise in family and relationship property, trusts and business matters to make sure we are providing you with expert legal advice that truly meets your needs.

Our firm is also well connected with many other professional services (e.g. accountants, valuers, and banks) to make sure you have access to the services you need to get the best outcome.

We’ll ask you to complete our online application form, and upload some supporting documentation. We recommend you read the Application Summary Information, and prepare your answers, supporting documents and Financial Hardship Questionnaire, before sitting down to complete the application process.

>> View Application Summary Information

>> Download Financial Hardship Questionnaire

Monday 5 July: Applications open

Friday 27 August: Applications close 5pm

30 August – 10 September: Evaluation of applications and shortlist

13 September – 1 October: Interviews

Friday 15 October: Scholarship recipients announced

November: Award ceremony (School prizegiving) and meet your mentor

What documents do I need for my application?

  • Completed Financial Hardship Questionnaire (your parent, guardian or responsible adult will need to complete this with you)
  • A copy of your academic transcript

How do I support an applicant through this process as a teacher, parent, guardian or friend?

Before you support someone with their WMRK Scholarship application, please read the scholarship terms and conditions to check whether they meet the eligibility criteria.

Here are a few pointers on how you can support an applicant through the process:

  • Keep informed about key dates surrounding our scholarship.
  • Proofread their answers to the questions before they submit their application.
  • Encourage applicants to talk about their experiences with leadership, teamwork, community involvement and extracurricular activities.
  • Act as a a referee, or get the applicant’s school (or other relevant people) to act as a referee.
  • Help to set realistic expectations should they not be successful; it is still a huge achievement they applied.
  • Make sure the applicant provides accurate and current contact details; if a student is struggling to provide this information then please contact us.

How many applications will each school be allowed?

Applications are open to all secondary schools in Northland, and some selected schools within the Rodney District (see list of eligible schools in the Scholarship terms and conditions), with no limitation to the number of applications from each school. We do suggest however, that applicants are endorsed by their school (i.e. a teacher or careers advisor is prepared to act as a referee for the applicant).

How do I know that you’ve received my application?

You will receive a notification email from the WRMK Scholarship team within 48 hours of your application. If you have not received an email within this time, please email .

Once I have submitted my application form, what happens?

All applications are carefully reviewed by the WRMK Scholarship team. They will then shortlist a number of candidates and invite them for an interview. The interview is an opportunity for you to find out more about WRMK and the opportunities offered by a legal career, and will either take place in person or over Zoom. Once interviews are complete, the WRMK Scholarship team carefully choose the scholarship recipients.

What happens once I have been informed that I’ve won the scholarship?

Once our winners have been announced, we get in touch to invite you to a prize giving event at our Whangarei office and/or your school. This is a great opportunity for you to celebrate your achievement along with your parents or guardians, a school representative, and our staff.

You’ll be matched with your mentor at the end of this year, and from the start of the university year, they’ll keep in contact with you on a regular basis. They can help with any queries and keep you up to date with what is happening. They will also help you settle in when you start your summer work experience at the end of your first year of study.

What happens if I change university?

Moving from one New Zealand university to another won’t affect your WRMK Scholarship, but you do need to keep us informed if you move. You must continue to study law, achieve good grades each year and develop a positive relationship with WRMK. Your entire degree must be undertaken at tertiary institutions within New Zealand. In some cases, students may be able to attend an overseas university as part of an exchange programme through the universities. If you’re offered this opportunity, please let us know.

What if I apply for and receive another scholarship?

Should you apply for more than one grant or scholarship associated with your university study, acceptance of the WRMK Scholarship is dependent on mutual acceptance by WRMK and other scholarship providers. A WRMK Scholarship may not be accepted in conjunction with another corporate scholarship. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please reach out to the Scholarship team if you have any questions ahead of applying.

Can I apply if I have left school and I’m already studying towards a relevant degree?

WRMK Scholarships are only open to students completing their final year of high school.

Is the Scholarship only available to students looking to study Law?



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