Get a head start with a forestry scholarship

There’s extra incentive on offer for those keen to further a career in forestry with the help of two $1500 scholarships.

Eastland Wood Council annually offers two scholarships for either those wanting to enter the industry or those already in forestry and keen to upskill or retrain, work in the region and/or whakapapa to Tairāwhiti. Chief executive Kim Holland says it is all part of the Wood Council’s commitment to growing its people. “There are a wide range of further learning opportunities for people within the forest industry – from on-the-job training through Industry Training Organisations, to the Diploma offered by Turanga Ararau/Toi Ohomai and on to degree level programmes at Canterbury University,” she says.

For those looking to study at Canterbury, principal companies offer internships and work experience, as the graduates are highly sought-after.
Last year’s two scholarship recipients reflect the spectrum of opportunities in forestry – one completing a tertiary qualification and the other working in the industry and upskilling. Reihana Fisher completed his Bachelor of Forest Science at the University of Canterbury; and Wade Brunt, studying and training towards the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise, to enhance the work that he has been doing to improve the health and well being of his work mates through the Forestry Health Camp and Jogging for Logging initiatives.

2020 Applications

Applications for the 2020 scholarships are open from 1 June 2020 until 1 October 2020

For more information download the application form below or email us at

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed. You may be required to attend an interview. Recipients will then be presented with their scholarship.

Scholarship Regulations

  • Eastland Wood Council is not obliged to offer a scholarship if, in any year, there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  • The recipient of the scholarship will, if required, take part in publicity activities as required by the Eastland Wood Council. These are usually restricted to photo opportunity on the announcement of the scholarship award.
  • Eastland Wood Council may vary these regulations at any time.


Please note: There is an expectation to provide a written report at the end of your 12 month period to the Eastland Wood Council outlining your progress. You will be contacted regarding this in due course.


Other forestry scholarship opportunities

NZIF Foundation Awards & Scholarship

About the Foundation

The NZIF Foundation was established in 2011 by the NZ Institute of Forestry to advance education in relation to forestry. This includes encouraging and supporting forestry related research, education and training through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes; promoting the acquisition, development and dissemination of forestry related knowledge and information and other activities that do not conflict with the charitable purpose. For the purposes of these awards, forestry is broadly defined to include all those activities involved in the management and use of forests and their products, the objects of which are the production of wood or other forest benefits and the maintenance of the environment in its most beneficial form. All forests in New Zealand, whatever their purpose, are encompassed in the definition.

Applications are invited for the awards and scholarships offered by the NZIF Foundation for 2020.  The total value of awards offered is $29,500.

The awards open for application are:

  • One Future Forest Scholarship for post graduate research of up to $10,000
  • The New Zealand Redwood Company Scholarship of $5,000 for an undergraduate scholarship at the University of Canterbury School Forestry
  • Chavasse Travel Award of up to $3,500 to assist a mid-career person to travel overseas or to bring an overseas person to NZ
  • Jon Dey memorial award of up to $3,500 to assist research projects in the areas of work study or new technology aimed at improving forest engineering and harvest productivity
  • Otago Southland Award of up to $3,000 to assist a project of relevance to forestry in the Otago/Southland region
  • Mary Sutherland Scholarship of $1,000 for a polytechnic student
  • University Undergraduate Scholarship of $1,000
  • Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate scholarship of $1,000
  • Student poster prizes at NZIF Conference (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of $800, $500 and $200)


Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator ( no later than 5pm on Monday 18th May 2020.  The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the joint conference of the NZ Institute of Forestry being held in Masterton from 28th to 30th June 2020.

Enquires to the Foundation chair or phone +64 274 733 262

Please pass on this notice to your networks and to anyone you think may be eligible to apply.  Membership of NZIF is not a requirement for application.

Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

MPI is offering scholarships for Māori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.

E whakarato karahipi ana Te Manatū Ahu Matua ki ngā ākonga Māori, wahine rānei e uru ana ki te Tohu Paetahi Pūtaiao Uru Rākau i te Tohu Paetahi (Hōnoretanga) Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau rānei.

About the scholarships

Te Uru Rākau is offering Forestry Scholarships in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to:

  • develop skills in the forestry industry
  • encourage more Māori and women to work in the industry.


The scholarships are open to eligible students enrolling in either a:

  • Bachelor of Forestry Science – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi: Pūtaiao Uru Rākau, or
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering – Tohu Matauranga Paetahi (Hōnoretanga): Pūkahatanga Uru Rākau.

Scholarship value

Each scholarship recipient gets:

  • $8,000 a year for 4 years (the length of the degree) to help with tuition fees and living costs
  • a paid internship of between 4 to 10 weeks with an appropriate employer in the forestry sector.


Continuation of their scholarship will depend on academic performance and their intention to complete the course.

For more information about the application process and eligibility, click the link below.

Mackey (George) began working in the forestry industry in 1982 on NZ’s East Coast. During this time George mainly worked in establishment and tending (silviculture), he had great planting, chainsaw and pruning skills. He was also a foreman and crew boss for numerous forestry crews on the East Coast during this time. After 28 years of the practical work, George decided to pursue a diploma in Forest Management at the Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology). In October 2014 after two years of successful study, George was the successful candidate for the Forest Operations Coordinator Role at Hikurangi Forest Farms (now Aratu Forests).
Mackey (George) Papuni quickly became an integral part of Aratu’s team. He was a genuine, hardworking, very knowledgeable man, who would always be available to ‘lend a hand’ to anyone who needed it. His awesome character and work ethic made him an important staff member and friend within Aratu Forests.

Sadly, George passed away in June 2021 and to uphold his legacy within the East Coast forestry industry, and as a mark of the respect we have created this educational scholarship to provide an opportunity for someone to follow a career in forestry.

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