Do you have a cultural project that you, your whānau or marae would like to run? Perhaps a tikanga hui, a karanga wānanga or a rangatahi workshop? Applications are now open for the next funding round of the Ngāi Tahu Fund.

Applications for this funding round close Friday 23 September 2016. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānui, hapū, Papatipu Rūnanga and organisations and aims to help vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

All applications must demonstrate how projects meet the following objectives:

  • To have strong sustainable Ngāi Tahu cultural leadership across all pillars
  • Ensure 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; and
  • 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:

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

Projects 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.

If you are a registered Ngāi Tahu member and are interested in applying, get in touch with us today.
Visit, email your inquiries to [email protected] or call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).
Note: the Ngāi Tahu Funding Committee will meet in mid-November to make decisions on all applications. Projects should begin after application decisions are delivered.

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