The Ngāi Tahu Fund was established to vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

The next round of the Ngāi Tahu Fund closes on Friday 23 September at 5pm. In fairness to others, funds staff will not accept any late or incomplete applications.

What we fund
The Ngāi Tahu Fund focuses on supporting cultural projects in the following key areas:

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

How much we fund

  • He kaupapa iti – small projects for individuals (up to $5,000)
  • He kaupapa nui – medium projects (up to $30,000)
  • He kaupapa nui rawa – large projects by expression of interest only (over $30,000).

The full criteria for accessing the Ngāi Tahu Fund is contained in the application form, which can be downloaded from our website: Project start dates must be timed for after the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee meet in November.

Feel free to call Morgan Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) if you’d like to kōrero about your project or email any questions to: [email protected]

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