Media release: Borrin foundation new scholarship for postgraduate studies in law

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation is pleased to announce the new Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship.


A pool of $120,000 will be available annually. The pool will be split between multiple scholars. Proposals are invited from law graduates demonstrating financial need who wish to obtain a postgraduate degree in law overseas or domestically. This will be added to the suite of fellowships, scholarships, and grants for individuals offered by the Borrin Foundation.

The title of this scholarship is inspired by the well-known whakataukī (Māori proverb):


Whāia te pae tawhiti kia whakatata mai rā. E ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tina! 


Pursue the distant horizon and bring it closer. As for the close horizon, secure it and holdfast!


Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i, Chief Philanthropic Officer of the Borrin Foundation says, “At the Borrin Foundation we recognise that while many students aspire to pursue a postgraduate degree in law, structural inequalities, adverse conditions, financial need, and complex personal circumstances may make it more challenging for talented individuals to succeed.”

Justice David Goddard, Chair of the Grants and Scholarships Committee says, “The Borrin Foundation has introduced this new scholarship to support law graduates to pursue postgraduate study despite financial obstacles and complex life circumstances. The scholarship reflects the Borrin Foundation’s vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand that is just, inclusive, tolerant and free, where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and everyone enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.”

Applications for the inaugural Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship will open on 1 March 2023 and will close on 3 April 2023.


More information on the eligibility criteria, how to apply for this scholarship and other fellowships and awards offered by the Borrin Foundation can be found here






The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was established in 2018 through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin. It is a philanthropic organisation which supports legal research, education, and scholarship. The Foundation’s current strategic areas of focus are the criminal justice system, family law and access to civil justice.


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