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 via a newly created bursary named Pōhā Iti.
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 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 100 currently available for students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for. For this, 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