The Manaaki Fund (MF) provides temporary financial assistance for currently enrolled tertiary learners who are facing unexpected hardship.

The MF can be used to cover any basic living costs learners are unable to meet, including, but not limited to, food, utilities, rent or other unexpected expenses. 

Learners can be supported by a direct cash payment into their bank account and/or direct purchase of resources on the learners’ behalf.



To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Be a currently enrolled domestic student.
  • Have a sufficient attendance record
  • Not be a Trades Academy, ITO, STAR, ACE or short course full fee paying student.

Students must also show they are suffering hardship:

  • That is interfering with their ability to progress with study.



 To apply please:

  • Complete the application form and send to
  • Include any relevant evidence to support your application (e.g quotes, copies of invoices or documents)
  • Include evidence of your bank account number and name (e.g. screenshot from your banking app which also includes your full name along with account number, recent bank statement).

Your application will be assessed by the MF committee and you will be notified of a decision within five working days of receipt of the application.  Please note that incomplete documentation may result in delays in processing your application.


More Information

  • For any other questions or assistance with your application please contact our Student Services Manager