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Applying for funding or investment

The Whenua Māori Fund

The Whenua Māori Fund supports whenua Māori based economic, cultural, social and environmental projects which help strengthen whānau, communities, regions and the New Zealand economy.

Whenua Māori Fund

The purpose of the Whenua Māori Fund is to support owners of Māori freehold land to explore the potential of their whenua and to investigate the means of lifting productivity, either through improving and growing existing operations, diversification, or preparing for new ventures. 

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.

Find your whenua

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 Whenua Māori Service kaimahi at your local Te Puni Kōkiri office.

Whenua Māori Service contact details