Across the motu, whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are looking for ways to improve how their land works for them.

The Whenua Māori Fund supports Māori land owners to explore different uses of land and ways of boosting its productivity.

Project Overviews

Since the Whenua Māori Fund was launched in February 2016, Māori land owners and trustees around the country have received funding to improve their existing operations, diversity or prepare for new opportunities on their whenua.

You can view the Project Overviews of the Whenua Māori Fund recipients here.


A brochure about the Whenua Māori Fund can be found here [PDF, 104KB].

Investment Plan

The Whenua Māori Fund Investment Plan for 2015-16, which sets out the approach of the Fund and its priorities can be found here [PDF, 456KB].

Application Form

The Application Form can be found here [DOCX, 104KB].

More questions

If your whānau or organisation is looking for ways to improve their land, contact us to find out how the Fund may be able to help. You can get in touch through any of our offices by emailing us at or calling 0800 200 410.

Other information

There are two principal databases which may assist you in completing your application form:

  • Māori Land Online 
    This resource from the Māori Land Court assists you to locate your land and neighbouring Māori land blocks that have the potential to be part of your application. It also presents information about the governance structure for your land and owner information.
  • The Māori Land Visualisation Tool
    This resource from Landcare Research assists Māori land owners make informed decisions about land use.

Regional Growth Studies

Māori land productivity initiatives which are identified in Regional Growth Studies can be accessed here.

Other sources of support for Māori Land

There are a range of other government programmes and initiatives supporting Māori land owners, including:

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  • Andrew Kendall, Te Puna Tōpu o Hokianga Trust

    Keeping Mitimiti going one tree at a time

    • Date: 17 May 2018

    Just down the road from the small settlement of Mitimiti in Northland, you can hear the buzz of trucks and logging machines working the pine trees.

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  • Kaikohe wananga

    Māori Land Owners Co-Design Māori Land Service

    • Date: 04 July 2017

    Te Puni Kōkiri has released a summary of the findings from the second series of wānanga held with Māori land owners earlier this year. The purpose of the wānanga was to ensure Māori land owners co-design the Māori Land Service and that it is fit-for-purpose. 

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  • Jordan Biddle Wins Young Maori Farmer Award 2017

    Young Dad With No Farming Background Wins Ahuwhenua

    • Date: 04 July 2017

    Swapping his Swanndri for a suit for the very first time, Hawke’s Bay shepherd Jordan Biddle took a deep breath before crossing the stage in front of 700 people to claim the title of Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer for 2017.

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  • Kiwi spotting - Rakiura Māori Lands Trust

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    The Rakiura Māori Lands Trust in Te Waipounamu successfully applied to the Whenua Māori Fund.

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  • Production potential for Reureu Kotahitanga

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    Reureu Kotahitanga Ltd were successful in receiving $118,500 from the Whenua Māori Fund which was established to help landowners utilise unused land, improve existing operations or prepare for new opportunities.

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