Te Uru Rangi

Māori scholarships


Te Uru Rangi scholarships have now closed.

Thanks to everyone who showed an interest. You can still apply to do the course, and Student Loans are available to cover the fees.

Engaging Māori in the Digital Economy as technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, owners and investors.

The digital economy represents jobs and industries of the future, but Māori have very low participation in the digital economy.

In conjunction with Te Puni Kōkiri and MBIE, Dev Academy announced 42 scholarship discounts for Māori students.

“We want to help train and support upcoming Māori tech and business leaders. Te Uru Rangi scholarships create a huge opportunity for more Māori to step into a thriving tech industry, and enter jobs that have high earning potential and value creativity, diversity and collaborative problem solving.”

Dev Academy are offering scholarships of $7000 each to successful Māori applicants.

Apply for this scholarship now using the form below. It's quick and easy.


  • $7,000 off course fees, plus an automatic $500 diversity discount
  • $2,088 payable by successful applicant upon acceptance into the programme
  • Funded through Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Does not include living costs

Te Uru Rangi is a scholarship programme designed to help Māori into high-value jobs and to support the development of Māori language and culture within technology. Recipients of the scholarship complete an online preparation course (from anywhere in the country) at their own pace before participating in the full immersion web development bootcamp for 9 weeks in either Auckland or Wellington.

Recipients of Te Uru Rangi scholarships also receive tailored support from our Kaiāwhina Māori to navigate the programme. Read about Dougal Stott’s journey here.

The fund is part of the Ka Hao Māori Digital Technology Fund, managed by Te Puni Kōkiri and MBIE. Several Rangatahi scholarships have also been provided with support from MYD. There are 42 scholarships in total, each worth $7,000.

The Te Uru Rangi pilot was launched in 2015. Click here for information on our 2015 programme or download the 2015 Te Uru Rangi prospectus here

Please note our Te Uru Rangi Programme is delivered in the form of scholarship discounts that are made on a needs basis determined by Dev Academy.

Māori in Aotearoa

Any Māori who are passionate about getting into web development and who can demonstrate the tenacity to succeed.


We’re looking for Aotearoa’s next wave of technologists who have the aptitude to succeed in a technological career. Check out our Kaiārahi Māori Dougal Stott’s take: Māori Dev – Always are and Always have been.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to pursuing web development as a career and should be willing to work in the main city centres for at least a year after graduation. After this time, we hope that some will return to their rohe with skills sharp enough to start their own technology initiatives or go to to develop technology that contributes back to Māori.

Application criteria 

  • Meets the standard entry criteria for the Dev Academy programme
  • Can demonstrate technical tenacity and high ability to succeed
  • Is committed to pursuing a web development career
  • Is able to attend bootcamp in Auckland or Wellington
  • Can meet the financial requirements:
    • able to pay $2,088 of course fees
    • able to support oneself for the duration of the course

In addition to the above criteria, we will be assessing applicants based on the following:

  • Likelihood of graduating and getting a role as a web developer
  • Whether you are already working in the tech sector (as the purpose of this fund is to get more Māori into a digital career path)
  • Your likelihood of contributing your skills back to Māori

Te Uru Rangi scholarships are designed to enable Māori career changers, university graduates and school leavers to complete Dev Academy’s web development programme and find work in the tech world. 

Check out some of our success stories from other students here

$7,000 scholarship from Te Uru Rangi fund

$2,088 payable (not included in scholarship)


  • $7,000 Te Uru Rangi scholarship discounted from course fees
  • $500 diversity scholarship automatically discounted from course fees
  • Remaining $2,088 payable upon acceptance into the programme

Each successful applicant will be required to pay $2,088 towards the course costs. You may be able to get a Student Loan to cover this through Studylink if you sign up as a full time student. You will also qualify for StudyLink’s Living Costs ($231 a week that you eventually pay back) and may be able to get a Student Allowance ($151 a week that you don’t have to pay back). You may also try to get further assistance through your Iwi, and we can help by writing a letter of support.

Multiple intakes

Intakes every month. The preparation phase takes 5 - 15 weeks, and bootcamp is 9 weeks full-time.


  • Complete the prep course, Foundations, in 5 weeks full time, 10 weeks part time or 15 weeks part time; then join a bootcamp (dates here)
  • Immerse yourself in bootcamp in Auckland or Wellington, full time for 9 weeks.

The Dev Academy web development programme kicks off with a preparation programme, Foundations, that gets you ready for bootcamp. Foundations is completed remotely from anywhere, and takes 5 – 15 weeks to complete.

Once you complete Foundations, you’ll join a bootcamp in either Wellington or Auckland.

The bootcamp dates can be found here

A drive to succeed

and a passion for being Māori


In addition to drive and passion, applicants will need:

  • An internet connection and computer to work remotely during Foundations
  • The ability to attend the 9 week bootcamp in either Auckland or Wellington
  • The ability to prioritise and commit 50-80 hours of study each week during the 9 week bootcamp
  • The ability to contribute financially ($2,088 course fees plus the ability to cover your living expenses while on the 9 week bootcamp)

You should expect to be challenged, and work harder than you ever have before. Dev Academy’s web development programme is intensive and involves 9 weeks of full immersion, full time learning 50 – 80 hours a week. These nine weeks leave no time for other activities or extra employment, and cut significantly into whānau time. Be prepared for learning an extreme amount in a short space of time, and coming out the other side with an incredibly rewarding and beneficial skillset.

Build projects in a real world environment. Mentorship, code and career development.

Dev Academy feels much more like a supportive innovation hub than a typical school.


Course information can be found on the course details page.
We recommend reading the course details thoroughly before applying.

Te Uru RangiScholarships have now closed.

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