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Students studying Maori arts, or arts-related fields, are being encouraged to apply for 2013 Nga Karahipi a Te Waka Toi scholarships.
The annual $4000 scholarships are awarded by the Maori arts board of Creative New Zealand, Te Waka Toi, to emerging artists who show talent and promise in the Maori arts.
''The scholarships often identify future movers and shakers of the Maori art world,'' Te Waka Toi chairman Darrin Haimona said earlier this week.
''It is exciting to support the artists at such an early and crucial stage, then watch their careers flourish.''
The scholarships are open to students in theatre, music, visual arts, dance and art-related areas, including curation, arts writing and conservation. Applicants must be studying at a formal place of learning, such as a marae, or accredited university, polytechnic or whare wananga.
Students are assessed on leadership qualities, involvement with iwi and marae and the artistic, cultural and academic merit of their application.