Tahua Taunaki Akonga
– Learner Support Fund

Tahua Taunaki Akonga/Learner Support Fund is a programme which offers tuition sessions to Ngāi Tahu children. It provides additional support for Ngāi Tahu children in all education settings.


For your child to be eligible for tuition funding, they must be:

  • Registered with Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu;
  • Attending school*; and
  • Aged between 5 and 21

*Must be enrolled at a New Zealand Primary or Secondary school,
OR be in a Ministry of Education approved New Zealand Home School Programme,
OR be enrolled through the correspondence school and be resident in New Zealand,
OR if the applicant resides outside of New Zealand he/she must be enrolled in an equivalent educational setting that is approved by the government in the applicants country of residence.

Available Funding

The funding round for the Tahua Taunaki Akonga/Learner Support begins at the beginning of Term 3 and closes at the end of Term 2 the following year. Approved funding must be used and invoices must be received before the end of Term 2. A new application needs to be submitted each financial year.

The amount of funding available (per financial year) for tuition support is as follows:

  • $470 (+ GST where applicable) is available to tamariki who meet the eligibility criteria above
  • $940 (+ GST where applicable) is available to tamariki who meet the eligibility criteria above, and one of the following criteria:
    • is seeking remedial support (the child must be at a remedial level in the subject area where tuition is sought as evidenced by the pre-tuition assessment report)
    • is studying at NCEA level (or equivalent) and needs support in two or more subject areas (a pre-tuition assessment report must be completed for each subject where tuition is sought)

Overseas residents are eligible for equivalent NZ$470 (incl. GST) or NZ$940 (incl. GST) depending on which
criteria are met.

Applications need to be submitted two weeks prior to the commencement of the term in which the tuition is to be undertaken. If applications are received after the cut off dates below they will roll over to the following term.

  • Term 1 Closing Date: 25/01/2021
  • Term 2 Closing Date: 19/04/2021
  • Term 3 Closing Date: 12/07/2021
  • Term 4 Closing Date: 04/10/2021

Apply online via the Tahua Taunaki Akonga Learner Support Fund application form.

If you have any questions regarding Tahua Taunaki Akonga please contact the Mātauranga team at [email protected].

Special Assessment Funding

Funds are available to provide support for whānau of children with special educational needs. The fund will pay the cost of specialist learning assessments.

The maximum amount of funding available for a specialist learning assessment is $940 +GST (where applicable) per child per financial year.

Funding for specialist learning assessments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply via the Special Assessment Funding application form.

Please contact us if you would like to apply or know more regarding funding for special learning assessments.