About the Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund


Ngāi Tahu are able to exercise rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga over tribally significant mahinga kai areas and species.


  1. To protect, enhance, utilise and maintain mahinga kai areas and resources
  2. To provide the opportunity for Ngāi Tahu to exercise their rights to access and use mahinga kai
  3. To revitalise the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and mahinga kai
  4. To identify and work to establish protected areas for mahinga kai in the rohe of each Papatipu Rūnanga


  • Mahinga kai areas are adequately and appropriately managed and protected according to Ngāi Tahu values and interests.
  • The abundance of and access to mahinga kai is increased for customary use.
  • Ngāi Tahu whānui value and have opportunities to learn and participate in mahinga kai practices.

Fund Information

  1. The Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund is a fully contestable fund managed by the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee
  2. The MKE Fund consists of one funding round per year with the closing date being the last Friday of March each year
  3. Both single year and multi-year funding is available
  4. Single Year Funding is available to support smaller short term initiatives
  5. Multi-year Funding is available to support larger multi-year initiatives
  6. The MKE Fund’s annual amount available for distribution is $195,000.

For further information on the Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund and its criteria please see our application form.