School Starter Packs

Opens Jan 1, 2023. Closes Dec 22, 2030.

The School Starter Pack initiative is back to support Ngāi Tahu tamariki begin the next step in their education journey.

Each School Starter Pack is made up of an assortment of practical and taonga items to ease financial pressures for whānau.

The packs also offer an opportunity for young Ngāi Tahu to connect with their iwi – Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

Register for a School Starter Pack

Parents or caregivers can apply for their tamariki turning 5 years old and enrolled in a primary school. Tamariki can live in New Zealand or overseas.

Applications need to be completed for the Ngāi Tahu registered tamariki by their parent or legal guardian. You will need your tamariki six-digit whakapapa registration number and password to log in. If you do not know their registration number, please call our contact centre on 0800 524 8248 (0800 Kāi Tahu). If you do not recall their password, please click on the ‘Forgot your password?’ link or if this is your first time logging in, please click on the ‘create password’ link.

Only one pack per tamariki can be applied for.

The criteria for this initiative is that your tamariki must be registered with Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu and be aged 4 years old. Applications must be submitted prior to their 5th birthday.

Register for a school starter pack via the Te Kopa Ora Grants Portal.

Registration with Ngāi Tahu

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

Unfortunately, the school starter pack can not be issued until the whakapapa registration for tamaiti has been completed.

We will endeavour to have the school starter pack to your tamariki four weeks before their 5th birthday.

If you have any questions or would like more information on our School Starter Pack, please contact our Ngāi Tahu Grants team on 0800 KAI TAHU or email: [email protected]