Business Grants

Unfortunately, due to an increase in demand for support and pūtea availability our Puna Pākihi Grants are closed.
Applicants are still able to apply however, Grants will not re-open until the new financial year – FY2024/25 (from 1 July 2024).


We have three grant types available to whānau depending on the length of time trading and business revenue.

Kickstart Grant

  • New business or already trading within the first 12 months of registration as a company.


Stay Up Grant

  • Over 12 months of business registration/trading.
  • GST registered if revenue is above $60k.
  • Revenue up to $120k.


Growth Grant

  • Over 12 months of business registration/trading.
  • Revenue above $120k.
  • GST registered.

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Grants Eligibility

  • Registered Ngāi Tahu whānau member at least 18 years old.
  • Business must already be trading.
  • Proof of Ngāi Tahu whānau ownership. Applicant/s must show proof of minimum 50% ownership of the business (eg. New Zealand Business Number).
  • Relevant supporting documents must be provided. (see below)
  • NB: Whānau members are only eligible for one grant payment each financial year ending 30th June, with a 12 month stand down period between successful applications.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Application form – download here
  • Robust Business Plan (for Kickstart/Stay Up grants) – download here or Growth Business Plan (for Growth grants) – download here
  • Supporting Market Validation.
  • 12 months forecasted cashflow – download template here
  • 12 months previous year cashflow (if already trading – download template here)
  • Proof of minimum 50% Ngāi Tahu whānau ownership from applicant/s.
  • Proof of Bank account – verified letter from bank or copy of bank statement (screenshots of internet banking or banking app will not be accepted).
  • Proof of GST Registration (if relevant).
  • Photo ID (Passport, driver licence or 18+ card only).

Documentation Required

Grant Type
Kickstart Stay Up Growth
Application form Y Y Y
Proof of Ngāi Tahu ownership Y Y Y
Proof of verified bank account Y Y Y
Photo ID Y Y Y
Robust business plan Y Y  
Growth business plan     Y
 12 months forecasted cashflow Y Y Y
12 months previous cashflow   Y Y
Market validation evidence Y Y Y
Proof of GST Registration     Y

Ready to Apply?

Send us all the relevant documentation.