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Ngāi Tahu culture is unique and enduring. It encompasses our values and traditions, our language and whakapapa. These are the elements that tell us where we have come from, how we lived, who we were and who we are today.

In 2005 Te Rūnanga established the Ngāi Tahu Fund to ensure whānau have the ability to access resources to strengthen Ngāi Tahu cultural excellence through sustainability, innovation and tenacity.

Twice a year tribal members and groups of members can apply for funding for projects designed to meet specific cultural objectives, including building cultural knowledge, encouraging cultural practices and leadership. The growth of tribal cultural capacity is essential to protect and preserve our culture for the future.

The key priority areas include whakapapa, te reo Māori and tikanga, the arts, Ngā Uara (values and beliefs), ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi (community engagement and participation), mana tangata (self-determination, self-confidence, self-purpose and self-transcendence) whānau and whenua (land) development and traditional food gathering practices.

To date the Ngāi Tahu Fund has completed sixteen funding rounds, contributing just over $6.8 million to Ngāi Tahu individuals, whānau, hapū and rūnanga throughout New Zealand.


We have received over 970 applications and the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee, which comprises Ngāi Tahu leaders and funding experts, approved 674 applications that included people wanting to investigate their whānau whakapapa and history, workshops on traditional arts like weaving and carving plus environmental revitalisation projects.

The next funding rounds close 5pm, 26 September 2014.

Call 0800 942 472 today and find out how to apply.

Download an application form »

For any other queries about the Fund, or if you would like application forms posted to you please contact: Jennifer Walsh on 0800 Kāi Tahu (0800 524 8248) or email funds@ngaitahu.iwi.nz.

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