Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: Monday, 25 March 2024 | Rāhina, 25 Poutūterangi, 2024

What is the purpose of the Fund?

The purpose of the fund to support existing and future Te Pūtake o Te Riri - Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand events throughout Aotearoa. The Fund has been designed to support whānau, hapū and iwi to initiate, promote and deliver activities and events that commemorate the New Zealand wars.

What investment outcomes the Fund is seeking to achieve?

The Fund seeks to achieve a number of outcomes, including:

  • increased awareness among all Aotearoa New Zealand citizens about our local history, significant land marks, and people through, for example, commemorative events and the development of resources such as street and area signage where appropriate
  • stronger relationships and partnerships among whānau, hapū, iwi and local communities, including schools, in relation to local history
  • of nationhood and pride among all citizens through a better understanding of our history
  • increased utilisation and sharing of knowledge, including mātauranga Māori, among whānau, hapū, iwi and local communities
  • stronger value placed on whānau, hapū, iwi and local community knowledge of our history
  • increased availability of bi-lingual resources to support learning about Aotearoa New Zealand history in schools and other learning institutions increased sense.

Applicants will also have their own reasons for commemorating an event, where appropriate this information should be provided in the application. These details may be shared on the Te Puni Kōkiri website.

When does the Fund open in 2018?

Monday, 20 August 2018

When does the Fund close?

It remains open all year round.

How do I apply?

You can apply by downloading an application form from the Te Puni Kōkiri website

Who can help me with my application?

All information about the Fund can be found on our website If you need further support, you can contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office (contact details on our website) or email

Can I apply as an individual to this Fund?

In general we cannot consider applications from individuals, including sole traders, government entities, such as ministries, schools and health boards. These entities generally already receive funding directly from government to achieve their purpose.

Who can apply for this Fund?

We encourage applications from applicants in New Zealand who meet one of the entity type requirements listed below. We can generally consider applications if you are one of the following:

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Incorporated Society registered with the Companies Office
  • Trust registered with the Companies Office
  • Statutory Entity, including a Māori Trust Board (Māori Trust Boards Act 1955) or Māori Association (Māori Community Development Act 1962)
  • entities established under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (registered with Companies Office).

Is there funding criteria?

Yes. As per the application form, the Fund criteria is that:

  • event aligns with the theme of commemorating a New Zealand War and / or conflict and the significance of the event to Māori and Aotearoa New Zealand
  • there is national and local level awareness on which to build awareness of the event and engage all groups within the community, including Māori and non-Māori audiences and rangatahi
  • the kaitono has the capability and capacity as an organisation to manage the event and any associated activities
  • the kaitono has provided an appropriate and robust budget to support the event and any associated activities.

Will applications be given priority?

Yes. applications that demonstrate:

a. support by local iwi and/or hapū.

b. partnerships with the education community.

c. the development of resources to mark the event.

d. a communications plan for the event.

e. how success of the event will be evaluated.

Will I get all the funding I apply for?

There is no guarantee that your application for funding, either in full or partially, will be approved. Please do not make any financial commitments while the outcome of your application is pending.

Who decides how much funding I receive?

The Investment Subcommittee.

Who is on the Investment Subcommittee?

The Investment Subcommittee members are:

  • Deputy Chief Executive, Investment
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Regional Partnerships
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Policy
  • Chief Advisor’s, Office of the Chief Executive

How long will it take for me to find out if my application is approved?

It may take up to 6 weeks from the time of receiving an application to have your application approved.

How do I apply for funding to host the national commemoration annual event on 28 October?

The national commemoration event is determined by the Iwi Leader Chairs and/or their delegates in consultation with Te Puni Kōkiri. If you would like your contact details passed on to be considered as a national host please email

Who will host the next He Rā Maumahara?

The He Rā Maumahara will be hosted by Taranaki in 2019.

When do I have to hold my event?

All commemorative events applied in the 2018/19 financial year will need to be held before 30 June 2019.

When should I apply if my event is not until after 30 June 2019?

The fund will be open all year round and will depend on the details you provide in your application.

Can I apply for funding if I have already held my commemorative event?

No. Events will not be funded retrospectively.

How much funding is available in total?

$4M is available over four years 2017-2020.

Do I need event management experience?

Yes. Your organisation will need to provide evidence of your ability to manage and run an event of the type/size being proposed in your application and/or provide evidence that you will secure this expertise externally.

Do I have to be a Māori organisation to apply?

No. However, you are required to provide evidence of your organisation’s ability to engage, whānau, hapū, iwi, local communities and young people in the commemorative event.

Can I get funding from multiple agencies for the same event?

Yes, you must advise on your application if you have or will be applying for funding for the event from other funding agencies.

What if there is more than one group that applies to commemorate the same event?

There is no criteria that limits the number of groups commemorating a single event. This recognises that applicants may want to commemorate an event in a different way. Each application will be assessed on its own merits.