Calling for project applications now

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help 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 26 September. Any applications received after 26 September will not be accepted.

Note: The Ngāi Tahu Funds Assessment Committee meet in November 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

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.

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New Whai Rawa boss

We’ve been pretty flat out at the Whai Rawa office this year and things don’t look like easing up any time soon. Our programme manager, Andrew Scott, is heading away to the land of his forefathers (Scotland) for a year or more. Andrew has been an integral part of Whai Rawa for the past eight years and will be missed.

We hope to communicate who will take over from Andrew in the next issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka.

New Whai Rawa website

You can follow what we’ve been up to on our new website On the new website you can get an indication of savings tracking using the brand new Whai Rawa Savings Calculator, work out your PIR and RSCT tax rates, track the Whai Rawa Fund value ($34,700,000 as at 31/3/2014) and read even more whānau stories about real members. If you’ve got a question and don’t want to pick up the phone, try our new chat-service, which will be manned during office hours.

Win $500 or $250 with AON and Whai Rawa

If you’re a Whai Rawa member, you’re in the draw to win $500* or $250* to be paid into your Whai Rawa account. What difference could this make to your savings balance? You can check by looking at our savings calculator on our new website. Don’t worry if you don’t get one of the prizes for this month because they will run monthly from May until October.

Clutha Mata Au scholarships

These scholarships (two at $2,700 and one at $8,100) are based on academic excellence in an area of study that will improve the management of natural resources within the Clutha/Mata-au or improve water management within the Ngāi Tahu takiwā generally. The applications close on 4 July 2014.

Whai Rawa hīkoi

We’ve been out and about in the takiwā recently with a visit to Ashburton on 9 May and we plan to get back to Murihiku soon too. Let us know if we you’d like a visit where you are. Thanks to whānau who made time to come and see us about grants, joining Whai Rawa and even registering whānau members who hadn’t managed to get enrolled yet.

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