Strengthening Wāhine Māori Leadership

This initiative focuses on strengthening whānau resilience through developing wāhine Māori leadership.

Last updated: Friday, 25 August 2023 | Rāmere, 25 Hereturikōkā, 2023


In Budget 2022 government committed $28.5 million over two years towards Whānau resilience with a focus on wāhine and rangatahi.

The Strengthening Wāhine Māori Leadership fund enables community providers in priority areas to work directly with wāhine Māori to build their cultural capability, leadership, and influencing skills to help strengthen their place within the whānau structure.

It seeks to support projects which have an impact on promoting wāhine Māori leadership and resilience according to their own tikanga and mātauranga. Learnings from this initiative will be shared with agencies to inform further work to improve outcomes for different cohorts of wāhine Māori.

This initiative aims to contribute to equitable outcomes and improving well-being for wāhine Māori in a cultural context, that recognises strengths, aspirations, and wāhine-led solutions.

The outcomes sought from this initiative include:

  • Wāhine Māori have the support and resources to seek out and access opportunities in line with their aspirations
  • Wāhine Māori have increased leadership, confidence, and resilience
  • Wāhine Māori are leaders for their wider whānau and communities, transferring knowledge, and influencing change

Criteria for applications

To be eligible to apply for funding:

  • target wāhine Māori
  • involve wāhine Māori in the design and delivery of the project
  • promote wāhine leadership and resilience according to their own mātauranga
  • incorporate kaupapa Māori and tikanga Māori as a fundamental component
  • apply a whānau centred approach (a strength based, holistic approach that puts whānau at the centre, recognises collective context, and enables self-determination)
  • involve wāhine Māori in the design and delivery
  • enable robust data and insights to be captured, to demonstrate what elements of the programme are working and not working in showing promising outcomes and positive change for wāhine Māori and their whānau.

How to apply

Applications can be made at any time throughout the year. Please contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri regional office, so our staff can help determine your eligibility and discuss your ideas for strengthen wāhine Māori.

You can find the details of our regional offices here.


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