Aotearoa Dive (Rotorua) Sponsorship




‘Kia Ruku Kia Ora’

Dive and Stay Alive

NWEETB-Aotearoa Dive Sponsorship


Water Safety and Scuba Dive Programme run by Aotearoa Dive (Rotorua)


Applications for 2022 programmes are now CLOSED

Applications are open for Ngāti Whakaue to receive sponsorship from Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board to undertake the specified dive programmes with Aotearoa Dive (Rotorua) during 2022.

Application must be made using the online form (link below).   


To increase the diving capacity of Ngāti Whakaue to improve water skills and to gather kai moana for our local Marae.  Ngāti Whakaue participating in “Kia Ruku Kia Ora’ will learn:

  • To enjoy and to be safe and confident in and around waterways including gathering kai moana
  • Technical diving skills
  • Knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can, post Kia Ruku Kia Ora, enable them to engage in further dive courses should they so wish.

  • Applications are limited, first in first served basis.
  • Successful applicants will enrol with, and pay full programme fee to Aotearoa Dive
  • Aotearoa Dive will report to NWEETB.
  • On successful completion of the programme, a refund of 75% of programme fee paid, will be made to you (the diver or parent/caregiver)


Full fee (payable to Aotearoa Dive)

Sponsorship refund at 75% (payable to student- or parent/caregiver on successful completion of programme)

Number of sponsorships available per year

SSI Adult Open Water Diver



 12 per year

SSI Adult Scuba Skills Update



  8 per year

SSI Junior Open Water dive

(Ages 14-16)



  8 per year

SSI Junior Snorkelling

(Ages 10-14)



  8 per year

For full details and enquiries on the programmes, please contact Aotearoa Dive directly, details on their website:


Application and Enrolment Criteria:

  1. Eligibility for the programme will be determined by NWEETB on completed application. The Board will recognise those applicants (including legally adopted children) who are Ngāti Whakaue descendant of an original owner of Pukeroa Oruawhata Block, or descendants of one or more of the 6 Koromatua o Ngāti Whakaue. Whangai will be considered in terms of the Board’s Whakapapa Policy (2015) No. 0611
  2. Verified whakapapa sheet must be uploaded with your online application form.
  3. Application is on a first in first served basis – places are limited.
  4. Successful applicants will receive an email notification of eligibility for sponsorship.
  5. Successful applicants will enrol with Aotearoa Dive, Rotorua, and pay 100% of the required fee directly to Aotearoa Dive.
  6. Sponsorship offer will expire 1 month from issue - to allow other applicants to take the opportunity
  7. On [successful] completion of the programme, the Applicant to provide NWEETB with copy of their Certificate and evidence of fee payment.  Sponsorship reimbursement will then be paid (to the applicant) by direct bank lodgement.
  8. Participants will be notified of reimbursement approval or failure to meet the criteria for reimbursement.
  9. Eligibility for fee sponsorship will cease when the participant has completed the dive course; Failure to complete a course will preclude an application from this grant and future funding.


Applications for Aotearoa Dive sponsorship are online only

 Application process:

  • You must complete and submit the NWEETB ONLINE application form for consideration.


You will be required to upload digital copies of your supporting information:

  1. Verified whakapapa sheet.

    A blank copy of the whakapapa sheet for completion can be downloaded HERE or collected from the office.  

  2. Confirmation of bank account name & number (as entered in online form) for sponsorship payments.


Click the Adult or Junior application form links below to start your application.

 APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 Dive sponsorship have now CLOSED

Adult Open Water Dive or

Adult Scuba Skills Update

Junior Open Water Diver or

Junior Snorkelling programme




For TECHNICAL SUPPORT relating to the online form, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For enquiries on policy matters, eligibility or supporting documents, please email the Secretary's office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.