School Starter Packs - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

School Starter Packs

School Starter Pack

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 a 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.

All registration forms need to be completed by the Ngāi Tahu registered parent or caregiver. You will need your six-digit whakapapa registration number and password to access this form. If you do not know your registration number, please call our contact centre on 0800 524 8248 (0800 Kāi Tahu). If you do not recall your password, please click on the ‘Forgot your password?’ link. Only one pack per tamariki can be applied for.

If your tamariki turned 5 between 1st of July 2022 and 31st of March 2023 they may be eligible to receive a school starter pack. Please fill in this PDF form and email it to [email protected].

The criteria for this initiative is that your tamariki must be registered with Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu and be aged between 4 ½ and 5.

Register for a school starter pack


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]