The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help vitalise, 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 25 September 2015 and please note that any applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Note: The Ngāi Tahu Funds 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 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. They 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.