Kā Pūtea Grant and Proof of Engagement Grant

Opens Mar 1, 2024. Closes Nov 1, 2024.

Kā Pūtea Grants and the Proof of Engagement Grants are available to all registered Ngāi Tahu enrolled in NZQA Tertiary level study or an international equivalent.

Kā Pūtea Grant & Kā Pūtea Proof of Engagement Grant

The Kā Pūtea Grant and the Proof of Engagement Grant is available to support Ngāi Tahu whānau enroled in NZQA Tertiary level study or an international equivalent.

The Proof of Engagement Grant is a second layer to the Kā Pūtea Grant and was created to encourage whānau to connect, engage and give back to Ngāi Tahu regardless of their location.

There are three levels that students may apply for and selection of which level to meet is usually determined by the year of tertiary study you are enrolled in with the aim of progressing your Ngāi Tahutanga journey.

Below are some examples of how each level can be achieved and the examples reflect the expected level of engagement that is required.

Level One is for those students who are beginning their journey of engagement with the iwi. To qualify for this level students must evidence engagement through things such as:

  • Completing an online Te Reo course/ Incorporating a Te Reo paper with your studies
  • Learning your pepeha
  • Registering with at least one of your affiliated Papatipu Rūnanga.

Level Two is for students who can show connectedness to the iwi. To qualify for this level students must evidence connectedness through things such as:

  • Making contact with your Papatipu Runanga and taking part in hui
  • Mentoring other Ngāi Tahu students as part of your studies.

To apply for this level, you must provide evidence for both Level One and Two.

Level Three is for students who are actively engaged with Ngāi Tahu and demonstrate reciprocity. To qualify for this level students must evidence reciprocity through things such as:

  • Supporting Papatipu Rūnanga or Taurahere groups i.e., Representative on a Ngāi Tahu Committee
  • Attending Kia kūrapa or kura reo
  • Being kaimahi at Hui a iwi, Hui a tau, wānanga or Papatipu Rūnanga hui

Activities need to have been achieved in the year that the application is received/cannot be retrospective) i.e. completion of a Te Reo course in 2023; completing a Ngāi Tahu research project in 2023; attending a Ngāi Tahu hui in 2023.


  • Registered with Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa
  • Enrolled NZQA Tertiary level study or an international equivalent


Level of funding available

To receive the maximum amount per grant, applicants must be enrolled in full time study, which is equivalent to 120 or more credits. Part time or limited full time study will be granted pro-rata calculated by the number of credits/EFTS that they are enroled in.

Ka Pūtea Grant

  • $250 for your first year of full-time study
  • $500 for every subsequent year of full-time study

Proof of Engagement Grant

  • Level One $250
  • Level Two $500
  • Level Three $1,000

Open and Close Dates

The Kā Pūtea Grant and Proof of Engagement Grant is open from 1 March to 1 November.


How to apply

Apply on Te Kopa Ora - Ngāi Tahu Grants Portal using your Ngāi Tahu log in details.

You will need your six-digit whakapapa registration number and password to log in - you can find it here.

If you do not recall the password, please click on the ‘Forgot your password?’ when logging in.

If you do not have these details, please call our contact centre on 0800 524 8248 (0800 Kāi Tahu).


Registration with Ngāi Tahu

If you are not yet registered with Ngāi Tahu, we encourage you to begin the process. More information available here.

You will receive confirmation from the Whakapapa team once the enrolment has been completed.


Contact Us

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or 03 974 0326