The Ngāi Tahu Funds team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year – we are now back at the tari of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and looking forward to helping whānau who apply to the Ngāi Tahu Fund.

The next round of funding for the Ngāi Tahu Fund is now open. Also, if you, your whānau or hapū would like to contribute (i.e hold cultural workshops etc.) at Hui-ā-Iwi later this year, then please apply during this round as the next scheduled funding round in September will be too late. Applications for this current round will close on Friday 31 March. For fairness to others, we will not be accepting any late or incomplete applications.

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

Areas we support:
The Fund focuses on supporting cultural projects around:

  • 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; and
  • 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 for legal entities only (up to $30,000)
  • He kaupapa nui rawa – (over $30,000) – a written expression of interest should accompany all large/transformational applications, please contact the Fund’s team in advance if you intend to submit a large project. *Only available for legal entities.

The full criteria for accessing the Fund is contained in the application form, which can be downloaded from our website:

Our funding committee meet in May to discuss the applications, so ensure your project does not start before this date as retrospective funding is not offered.

The Funds team are available to meet with you to work through the application process. Feel free to contact our Fund’s Advisor, Morgan Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or email: [email protected]

A recently funded korowai weaving wānanga at Te Rau Aroha Marae.

A recently funded korowai weaving wānanga at Te Rau Aroha Marae.

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