Te Puni Kōkiri's Māori policy framework, the Māori Potential Approach, is about realising Māori Potential or Māori succeeding as Māori. The ultimate aim of the Māori Potential Approach is to better position Māori to build and leverage off their collective resources, knowledge, skills and leadership capability to improve their overall quality of life.
The Māori Potential Fund supports the Māori Potential Approach by enabling outcomes-based investments that help realise Māori potential. This is done by using knowledge obtained through Te Puni Kōkiri's strategic relationships with Māori communities and organisations to make investments in excess of $23 million a year.
It is important to note that while every effort is made to be flexible in considering applications to the Fund to ensure that Māori communities, Iwi and hapū aspirations are met, the Fund does not invest in individuals or commercial activities for individual profit.
The Fund came into effect on 1 July 2006, when funding for seven separate programmes was combined into three new funding streams, whose purpose is outlined below.
Matauranga (Knowledge/Skills) aims to enable increased Māori acquisition, creation, maintenance, and transferral of traditional and contemporary knowledge.
Te Puni Kōkiri’s current Matauranga investment priorities are:
Whakamana (Leadership) aims to enable the strengthening of Māori leadership, governance, management and succession planning.
Te Puni Kōkiri’s current Whakamana investment priorities are:
Rawa (Resources) aims to enable increased Māori access to, and use, development and retention of resources for collective benefit.
Te Puni Kōkiri’s current Rawa investment priorities are:
The Māori Potential Fund is available for investing in the strategic goals of the Government and Te Puni Kōkiri.
In the first instance organisations seeking funding for a project should contact their nearest Te Puni Kōkiri regional office.
Regional office’s will be aware of priority investment areas in their rohe and will be able to discuss with organisations seeking funding whether their project aligns with these priorities.
Organisations seeking funding must be able to demonstrate appropriate experience and relevant capability to undertake contracted initiatives and be able to report to required standards. Regional offices will therefore assess your organisational capability and management systems.
Last modified: 7/11/2011
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