Applying for funding or investment
Funding through the Provincial Growth Fund and the Whenua Māori Fund
Whānau who want to develop their whenua Māori may be eligible to receive funding from the Provincial Growth Fund or the Whenua Māori Fund.
The Provincial Growth Fund
The NZ government has allocated 3 billion dollars, over 3 years, to invest in regional economic development. This pūtea has been put into a fund known as the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). The PGF dedicates part of its funding to whenua Māori development. Te Puni Kōkiri works alongside the Provincial Development Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to distribute funding for whenua Māori.
By investing in projects and initiatives around the motu, the PGF aims to:
- help grow economic development in the regions
- increase productivity, and
- contribute to creating more, better-paying jobs.
[Opening music with scenic view of forestry area]
Tui Nikora (Whiting, ManaiaSAFE Forestry School Graduate): I was in the pits for years, and I was actually going further and further and further down. And for Steven to provide this programme, it's life-changing, this whole thing has been life-changing.
[Tui sitting on a log talking to the camera]
[Forestry workers talking to each next to work trucks]
[Aerial view of forestry operation]
[Forestry worker using a chainsaw to chop a log]
Steve Beach (Managing Director, Train Me Quality Services Ltd): The Provincial Growth Fund is creating that bridge, and it helps people as individuals and whānau to support their homes as well as to provide mana for themselves. It's about having a job, it's about contributing to society, and just general life skills
[Steve talking to the camera in front of forestry area]
[Forestry workers measuring, roping, and spray painting logs]
[Scenic shot of Ruapehu mountain]
Jono Dean (General Manager Whakapapa Ski Field, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts): I guess for us, the Provincial Growth Fund shows that there is hope within our region to expand the opportunities for our community and family, and that ability to connect together, and a lot of that comes down to the economic opportunity within the region.
[Worker on a construction site]
[Two construction workers talking to each other]
[Crane moving construction materials]
[Jono talking to the camera in front of construction site]
[Worker moving materials inside construction site]
[Two construction workers high up on construction site]
[Aerial view of construction site]
Jessie Watling (General Manager, Finance, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts): By having central government involved, it was a really strong message in terms of the belief behind the project, and what that means for the community, and it's going to continue to have a flow-on effect with other businesses.
[Jessie talking to the camera in front of mountain]
[Two construction workers harnessed high up ski lift pole]
[Two construction workers on the mountain]
[Roundabout in Invercargill with cars driving around]
Aimee Kaio (Manager Tribal Economies, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu ): The Provincial Growth Fund has been a critical catalyst for wider community conversations. For local authorities, industry, iwi, community, to collaborate and work together on what we want for our region.
[Aimee talking to the camera in front of Māori artwork]
[People discussing project in a warehouse]
[Two men discussing project plans]
[Location of project site from across the road]
Scott O’Donnell (Chairman, HWCP Group): It's a one in a hundred year chance to go and fix an entire city block and reactivates a CBD. There's something northwards of 500 construction workers required to go and build this over a three-to-five year period. And then, the more skills we have in the town, the better it is for the economy. And a growing economy is a good economy, it gives people opportunities, and people with opportunities succeed in life.
[Scott walking into the project site which is derelict]
[Scott talking to the camera from inside an office building]
[Scenes showing the outside of the project site]
[Aerial shots of a boat moving up Greymouth harbour]
Allan Rooney (Local fisherman and Vice President of the NZ Federation of Commercial Fisherman): Well to me it was a godsend. They were talking a million dollars to bloody dredge it and we weren't sure where the money was going to come from. There's a lot of jobs saved I think, by this dredging here.
[Close up of a boat in Greymouth harbour]
[Allen talking to the camera standing at the wharf]
Tony Kokshoorn (Grey District Mayor): The public here can see light at the end of the tunnel, in that they know for one, that the government does care about us. Someone up in Wellington is saying, "Well hey, the provinces need help, we're going to go down there, we're going to ignite their economies." There is a flow-on effect to engineering, shops, the supermarkets, the ripple-out effect is extremely big.
[Tony talking to the camera in front of Greymouth Harbour]
[Allan working on his fishing boat]
[Fishing boats unloading fish]
[Workers in fish processing factory]
[Aerial shot of harbour near Waitangi Mountain Bike Park]
Tiffany Holland (Project Driver, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park): To be here standing now, seeing people out there enjoying the park, you know, there's nothing more rewarding than that. We had one bike hire place in town, way back when, that maybe had 10 bikes, they now have a whole fleet, extra staff. The local bike shop in Kerikeri has tripled its floor space, taken on more staff, and so that's all directly related to the creation of this park.
[Tiffany talking to the camera in front of Waitangi Bike Park hire facility]
[Aerial shots of bikers using Waitangi Bike Park]
[Close up shots of bikers using bike park]
[Birds eye view of bike hire facility]
[Close up of bikers reading an information board and laughing]
[People selecting and mounting bikes]
[People riding away from mountain bike hire facility]
[Aerial shots of bikers using Waitangi Bike Park]
Grant Harnish (Chairman, Focus Paihia): For a district that has always struggled financially, we've got some hope now that we're actually going to be able to provide the level of infrastructure that we've always wished we could. Every day I get told from people visiting overseas how beautiful our country is, and most of that is in the regions.
[Grant talking to the Camera in front of harbour]
[Aerial shot of the Bay of Islands]
[Close up shot of Tony Kokshoorn (Grey District Mayor]
Steve Beach ( Managing Director, Train Me Quality Services Ltd): The Provincial Growth Fund has been so important because if you look at the long-term vision, the social impact of what we're doing is huge. And it's not limited to New Zealand. The world can learn from this, and we can be leaders in that space. It will save lives, it will build futures, and it will deliver skills to a lot of people.
[Close up shot of Allan Rooney]
[Close up shot of Steve Beach]
[Close up shot of Tui Nikora]
[Close up shot of Aimee Kaio]
[Close up shot of Scott O’Donnell]
[Close up shot of Jessie Watling]
[Close up shot of Jono Dean]
[Close up shot of Grant Harnish]
[Close up shot of Tiffany Holland]
If you want to apply for PGF funding, contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office, or The Provincial Development Unit at MBIE. Both agencies work alongside Māori landowners to:
- make sure you're investment-ready before you apply
- support you to complete and submit an application for funding.
Whenua Māori Fund
The Whenua Māori Fund, run by TPK, supports Māori landowners to explore different ways of using their whenua and boosting its productivity. The fund is available to:
- trustees representing Māori freehold landowners, including those with blocks the Māori Trustee is responsible for
- landowners of blocks with no more than 7 owners.
Visit TPK's website for more information about the Whenua Māori Fund, including:
- the funding criteria
- how to apply, and
- how other whānau, hapu and iwi have been supported by the Whenua Māori fund.
If you're interested in applying for the fund, contact the regional team at the Te Puni Kōkiri office nearest to your whenua. We recommend you work with TPK's regional advisors during the application, planning and development stages.