The Whenua Māori Fund supports whenua Māori based economic, cultural, social and environmental projects which help strengthen whānau, communities, regions and the New Zealand economy.
It assists Trustees and owners of whenua Māori to explore the potential of their whenua and to investigate the means of lifting productivity, either through improving and growing existing operations, diversification, or preparing for new ventures.
Last updated: Thursday, 31 August 2023 | Rāpare, 31 Hereturikōkā, 2023
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Criteria for applications
To be eligible to apply for funding from the Whenua Māori Fund:
- Your whenua must be Māori freehold land. To check, enter your block details on the Tupu.NZ website, Find your whenua https://www.tupu.nz/
- Your whenua must have a governing entity, i.e. Trust, Incorporation or other entity established under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 unless there are seven or fewer owners
- If there are seven or fewer owners, each owner must be supportive of an application to the Fund.
How to apply
Applications can be made at any time throughout the year. If you think the Whenua Māori Fund could support you and your whānau, please contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri regional office, so our staff can help determine your eligibility and discuss your ideas for developing your whenua.
Whenua Māori Fund Application Form
For information about the Fund and to apply, please read the Fund information, application form and guidance form here. [Word 726KB]
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Further whenua information and support
To give you an idea of the types of projects the Whenua Māori Fund can support, we have provided overviews of some of the projects we have supported. You can view the Project Overviews of the Whenua Māori Fund recipients here.
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