Ngati Whakaue Scholarship

The Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board in conjunction with Sudima Lake Rotorua are proud to support the Ngati Whakaue Sudima Hotels Scholarship Programme. This initiative supports Ngati Whakaue descendants in pursuing careers in hospitality, offering diplomas in Hotel and Hospitality Management. The scholarship includes a one-year internship at Sudima Hotels, providing hands-on experience across various departments.

If you’re passionate about hospitality and meet the eligibility criteria, apply now to take the first step towards a rewarding career. 

Applications close on 28 October 2024.


The Ngati Whakaue Scholarship has given passionate young Maori students a hand up to the industry since 2014. The scholarship was initially established to encourage locals into leadership roles within the hotel industry in and around Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty. 

The Ngati Whakaue Scholarship programme is now in its 7th successful year, and this year the programme is expanding its scope from Hotel Management to also include those aspiring to become a Chef.

This scholarship is established to assist Ngati Whakaue descendants to obtain employment, training and junior leadership positions with Sudima Hotels and obtain qualifications in various hospitality areas including:

  • Diploma in Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management

If you are motivated to succeed, show initiative, are eligible and meet the criteria then you could start you career journey into hospitality that begins with an initial employment period of up to 1 year with Sudima Hotels.


One year internship at Sudima Hotels

You will have a year that will give you exposure to many aspects of working in the hotel industry. Typically trainees spend time in various departments from front office to sales and marketing.

Our first recipient, Awatere Douglas, is now the Hotel Manager at Sudima Lake Rotorua. In addition to this, he also holds the title Group Cultural Ambassador. In this role Awatere Douglas attends meetings with our leadership team where he provides Maori language support. He provides guidance for fun cultural events such as Matariki and Maori language week across the group. Awatere has had the opportunity to showcase Sudima Hotels on an international level, embarking on a journey across major cities throughout North America.


Take a look at past recipients and apply

Applicants must go through a selection and eligibility process.

Now accepting applicants aged up to 17-21 years!

For more information download the prospectus and application form today or fill out our online form below and our team will be in touch.

Applications close 28 October 2024.

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