Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship


Otago Polytechnic and Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) recognise the need to increase the numbers of Māori midwives. To reach this goal the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship has been established by Otago Polytechnic in partnership with Nga Maia.

The Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship offers fees subsidies to one Māori midwifery student accepted for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Otago Polytechnic each year. Nga Maia facilitates provision of whanau support for the Scholarship recipients during their studies.

How the scholarship works

The level of fee subsidy offered through this Scholarship is:

Year One – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 50 percent.

Year Two – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 75 percent.

Year Three – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 100 percent.

The usual academic requirements for progression through the programme must be met.


To apply

We welcome applications for the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship. Please include your scholarship application with your Bachelor of Midwifery application, or if you have already applied for our next intake, please upload your application as an additional document.

Please write a letter of application for the Scholarship detailing your reasons for applying, your whakapapa and any other information you consider relevant.

By applying, you are consenting to your academic transcript being shared with the Nga Maia Board.

Please include the name and phone number of two referees with your application (these do not need to be the same referees who provided information for your Bachelor of Midwifery application).

Applications are due by the last Friday in August each year. However, late applications may be considered. 

Selection process for Scholarship

Applicant letters will be considered by both School of Midwifery staff and the Nga Maia Board. Applicants will be notified of the School’s and Board’s decision in writing in their first year in the programme.

About Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu

Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) is the national organization of midwives and whanau promoting and supporting M¯aori birthing. In 2006 Nga Maia developed Turanga Kaupapa to give clear guidelines on Tangata Whenua values and provide cultural guidelines for midwifery practice to ensure that cultural requirements are met for M¯aori women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Turanga Kaupapa have been adopted by both the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) as one mechanism to give life and meaning to midwifery’s recognition of M¯aori as Tangata Whenua and to midwifery’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Irihapeti Ramsden

Dr Irihapeti Ramsden, of Kai Tahu and Rangitane ancestry, is credited with leading the nursing and midwifery professions in their journeys towards Cultural Safety.

Irihapeti’s work in Cultural Safety helped shape Midwifery Partnership as the embodiment of midwifery practice in New Zealand. We are honoured to acknowledge her contribution to midwifery, both here and internationally, through the creation of this Scholarship. We thank Irihapeti’s whanau for giving permission for us to name this Scholarship after Irihapeti.