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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.
Provincial Growth Fund: making a difference

Find out what kind of projects and initiatives the PGF funds

Check your project meets the PGF criteria for funding

How to submit a funding application

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.

Find contact details for your local Te Puni Kōkiri office

Get contact details for the Provincial Development Unit

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.

Find out about 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.

Find contact details for your local Te Puni Kōkiri office