Cultural Infrastructure and Capability looks at support across the State Sector for marae communities, marae heritage, mātauranga Māori and marae usage.

Department of Internal Affairs

Te Puni Kōkiri is working alongside the Department of Internal Affairs to develop a new approach to supporting marae to achieve their development aspirations.

The new fund name is Oranga Marae and its purpose is to contribute to the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga.

Whānau, hapū and iwi will be able to seek funding for capital works, as well as funding to implement their own plans for the cultural revitalisation of their marae.

Through Oranga Marae, applicants can access funding from Te Puni Kōkiri and the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund in one process.

Another highlight of the new fund is that marae communities are no longer required to pay for any part of the development costs.

Applying for Oranga Marae

Oranga Marae will open for requests for funding on 9 May 2018, and whānau, hapū and iwi will be able to apply for support throughout the year.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to apply, so our regional advisors will support you through the new process.

This also means the earlier DIA Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund is closed.

If you have already begun preparing to make a Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities request, please contact your nearest DIA office for advice on these changes.

You may also contact a Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities advisor at DIA on 0800 824 824 if you have any questions about your grant request or any current Marae Heritage and Facilities projects.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Cultural Funding Guide is an online database designed to make sources of funding for arts, cultural and heritage activities easy to find. You will find funding sources for individuals, groups and organisations, as well as potential sponsors.

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand invests in artists and arts organisations through a number of programmes:

  • Toi Ake is a funding initiative tailored to iwi, hapū, whakapapa-based roopu and maata waka to cultivate and retain heritage Ngā Toi Māori. Toi Ake is offered twice a year and the closing dates for 2014 are 28 February and 5 September.
  • The Tohunga/Tukunga initiative supports the preservation and transmission of traditional Ngā Toi Māori knowledge and practice, by funding mentoring relationships between Tohunga and Tukunga. The aim is to enable Māori communities to support tohunga within communities to pass on cultural traditions and artistry.

Department of Conservation

The Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund is a contestable fund supporting hapū/iwi initiatives to retain and promote traditional Māori knowledge and its use in biodiversity management. 

Ngā Whenua Rāhui is a contestable Ministerial fund established in 1991 to provide funding for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Māori land. Its scope covers the full range of natural diversity originally present in the landscape.

Archives New Zealand

The Recordkeeping Capability team at Archives NZ is responsible for promoting the importance of archives across New Zealand, providing archival training, advice and support to empower communities to manage and care for their archives/tāonga.

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