Applying for funding or investment
The Regional Strategic Partnership Fund and the Whenua Māori Fund
Whānau who want to develop their whenua Māori may be eligible to receive funding from the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund or the Whenua Māori Fund.
The Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF)
The Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF) is a $200 million fund supporting regions to make steps towards achieving their economic potential. It's run by Kānoa – the Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit (Kānoa) at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The RSPF dedicates part of its funding to whenua Māori development. Te Puni Kōkiri works alongside Kānoa to distribute funding for whenua Māori.
By investing in projects and initiatives around the motu, the RSPF aims to:
- help grow economic development in the regions
- increase productivity, and
- contribute to creating more, better-paying jobs.
How to submit a funding application
If you want to apply for RSPF funding, contact kaimahi at your local Te Puni Kōkiri office or Kānoa. Both teams 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 supports Māori freehold landowners to explore the potential of, and realise their aspirations for, the whenua. It's managed by Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK).
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.
To be eligible for funding from the Whenua Māori Fund:
- your whenua must be Māori freehold land — you can check this on our "Find your whenua" search tool if you’re not sure
- your whenua must have either:
- a governing entity — like a Whānau Trust, Ahu Whenua Trust, Māori Land Incorporation, or any other entity established under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, or
- a maximum of 7 owners, and each owner must be supportive of the funding application.
Māori land blocks administered by Te Tumu Paeroa are also eligible to apply for funding if they meet this criteria.
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 Whenua Māori Service kaimahi at your local Te Puni Kōkiri office.