I think they ask to bring along $200 of your own cash to top the scholarship that you've been awarded which is about $800. 80% of students get a refund of some sort.
Make sure you get a proper Class 2 medical from a DAME or AME as listed on the CAA website www.caa.govt.nz . About 2 or 3 turned up this year with an old gliding type medical that was signed by their local GP. proper Class 2's weren't able to be organised in time and at least one was denied first solo because of the lack of a medical.
get in early before xmas, as some doc's (DAME's) have to forward your paperwork to someone else to sign it off (either a AMA or CAA) which can be time consuming. AMA's can issue on the spot.
There are at least 3 Youth Glide clubs in NZ which are affiliated to their local gliding club. Both Youth Glide Canterbury and Youth Glide Omarama have acheived some amazing results over the last few years. View a couple of Youtube video's here:
I know that the Canterbury Gliding Club offer special rates for Youth Glide Members and that there is a massive effort put in by instructors to help them on their way. A number of the members have definite career paths lined up with the help of Roger Read the Youth Glide CFI, who has experience in RNZAF and Air New Zealand.
If anyone in Canterbury is interested in more information, PM me and I will point you in the right direction.