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Financial assistance for international students: Manaaki Manuhiri

Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri is a financial assistance programme managed by the New Zealand Red Cross for the Department of Internal Affairs. It has been set up to help people on temporary visas in New Zealand who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Support provided can include assistance with rent and expenses (eg. electricity or gas bill), food vouchers, and warm clothing. The Red Cross reassures that applying for assistance through the programme will not affect people’s current or future visa status. However, at this stage the support is only available until the end of September 2020.

A set of eligibility criteria applies, including:

  • Must have a temporary visa that was valid on 23 March 2020
  • Must be in serious financial hardship (less than $1,100 left, not including any money set aside for flights back home).
  • Must have exhausted all other avenues for financial support first, including those available at the University of Canterbury

Please note: while information on the DIA checklist indicates that applicants must be ready and willing to return back to their home country as soon as flight options become available, international students in the middle of study are exempted from this requirement and do not need to seek a flight home before applying for this support.

An FAQ for international students has more information, while full eligibility criteria and the online application link can be found via the Red Cross website.

If you are unsure whether you would be eligible, the Red Cross strongly encourages people to contact them on 0800 RED CROSS (733 276 – option 1) or at visitorcare@redcross.org.nz.

Pōhā Iti bursary applications open again 

Applications for Pōhā Iti are open for a second round of applications. As posted previously, UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issue for some. It’s important to know that domestic students and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial support through this bursary.

A pōhā is a kelp bag that was used traditionally (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time to help sustain them in their studies.

The bursary itself is for up to $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each. In total there are at least 100 available for students who meet the eligibility criteria. More details about eligibility can be found in the bursary regulations, but applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
  • Be currently in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19

Please visit the financial assistance webpage for more information about either this or other financial assistance available at UC. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here and will be open for two weeks.

If you have any questions about the bursary or difficulties with the application process, please email scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz

New financial support at UC: Pōhā Iti bursary

UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even harder. However, domestic and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a newly created bursary named Pōhā Iti.

A pōhā is a kelp bag that was traditionally used (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time in order to help sustain them in their studies.

The monetary value of the bursary is $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each, and there are currently 100 available for students who meet the eligibility criteria. To apply, applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled student
  • Be a part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
  • Be currently in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19

For more information about Pōhā Iti and other financial support options available at UC, please visit the financial assistance webpage. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here.