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Cave Creek Student Memorial Scholarships

History of award

On 28 April 1995, a tragedy of national proportions happened in the Cave Creek area of the West Coast of the South Island. Thirteen students enrolled on Tai Poutini Polytechnic's Outdoor Recreation programme and one Department of Conservation Officer lost their lives when a viewing platform collapsed into a ravine. Four other students on the viewing platform survived the 30-metre fall.


To financially assist students enrolled in any full-time outdoor programme (Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Guiding, or Ski Patrol) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.


All students enrolled in, or preparing to enrol in, any full-time outdoor pursuits programme (Certificate in Outdoor Education Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding, or Certificate in Ski Patrol) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic are eligible to apply.
* Applicants must be NZ Citizens

Number of awards

Up to 20


Dependent on funding available, but will be for a minimum of $500 per person.


One year.

Closing dates

15 December 2020
15 December 2021
5.00 pm on 15 December in the year prior to your programme of study.

How do students apply?

Download an Application form and related documents here.
Application Form
Scholarship Page

Further information available from

Receptionist or Executive Secretary.

Additional information

It is a condition of the award that the names of scholarship winners are printed in West Coast newspapers. Photographs may be used in promotional material.

Decision makers

Board of Trustees.


Successful applicants will be advised as soon as possible after the closing date.

Conditions of acceptance

It is a condition of the award that scholarship winners must complete an outdoor recreation or equivalent programme at Tai Poutini Polytechnic; any withdrawal will result in the Polytechnic making such recommendations as are in accordance with its established financial and academic regulations.


The Chair of the TPP Awards Committee
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Private Bag 607
Greymouth 7840
New Zealand
Phone: 0800 800 411 Fax: (03) 768 4503