The scholarship targets New Zealanders of Pacific heritage, who want to start a bachelor degree in creative media production or commercial music.
It is aimed at people wanting to work in animation, visual effects, film and television, web and interactive, gaming and music.
Applications are open now for study starting in semester one next year, and close on October 31.
The scholarship is worth $10,000 and applicants must be New Zealand citizens or residents.
Massey’s Senior Pacific advisor, Herbert Bartley says supporting new leadership is imperative for the Pasifika arts community.
“The scholarship helps connect and support creative young people to further build on the future of music and media in New Zealand, in the wider Pacific, and throughout the world.”
Cook Islands Ministry of Education secretary Danielle Tungane-Cochrane says all scholarship opportunities that are available to Cook Islands learners are “fantastic”.
“This specific scholarship will give our students more choice when considering where they study and in what area.
“This programme responds to the growing interest and creativity in the music and media industry of New Zealand but there is also a growing interest of this industry in the Cook Islands. I’m certain there will be many creative students planning their next steps for tertiary study who would be interested in this opportunity.”
Motone productions co-director Glenda Tuaine says the scholarship is another “pleasing step” for Pacific students.
“Scholarships like this acknowledge that many Pacific Islanders have been taking centre stage in these industries in New Zealand for some time.
“Tertiary education providers like Massey recognise that given the right support, the Pacific Creative Sector can be a productive force that builds careers with financially positive outcomes.
“Warren Maxwell who is the senior lecturer is an acclaimed musician and creative and it is refreshing to see Massey engaging someone who brings incredible knowledge and is a skilled teacher and leader.”
The scholarship could be spread across all three years of the degree, for those who don’t qualify for free fees, or applied over two years.
- Jaimie Keay/Radio NZ