Calling for project applications now

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help revitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

Do you have a cultural project that you, your whānau or marae wish to run? Get in touch with us to see how the Ngāi Tahu Fund may be able to help.

Applications close Friday 28 March 2014. Any applications received after 28 March 2014 will not be accepted.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund Assessment Committee meet in May to make decisions on all applications. Project timelines should commence after this time. Please contact us urgently if this is going to be an issue for you.

Call 0800 942 472 today and find out how to apply; email [email protected] or visit

Please note – Changes to the Ngāi Tahu Fund application
In June 2012 the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee adopted the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Strategy as its guiding document and changed our application requirements to align with this strategy.

Changes you need to be aware of if you are considering making an application to the Ngāi Tahu Fund.

All applications must demonstrate how projects meet the following objectives:

  • To have strong sustainable Ngāi Tahu Cultural leadership across all pillars.
  • Ensuring intergenerational ownership, sustainability and growth of cultural practices across all pillars.
  • To have the resources available to engage the strategy to be successful (human, fiscal, natural archival etc.)
  • All generations of Ngāi Tahu engage, value, celebrate and protect the integrity and uniqueness of Ngāi Tahu culture.
  • Promote new forms of Ngāi Tahu cultural expression.

The following areas are key priority areas of the Ngāi Tahu Fund, as identified in the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Strategy and all projects must be aligned with at least one of these.

  1. Whakapapa – kinship
  2. Tikanga – protocols and customs
  3. Te reo – language
  4. Mahi toi – creative expression
  5. Whenua – landscape, place and locality
  6. Mahinga kai – food gathering practices
  7. Ngā uara – values and beliefs
  8. Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation
  9. Mana tangata – self-determination, self-confidence, self-purpose, self-transcendence.

All applications must show how they aim to increase cultural knowledge and participation of Ngāi Tahu whānui.

Applications must also clearly identify what cultural knowledge is involved in the project and demonstrate how the proposed project contributes to building cultural knowledge and participation.