Māori Economic Development Grants Fund
“Me heke tātou ki te wai e rarapa ana, he moana tuatua, e rite ana ki a Hawaiki-Kai”
— Nā Te Rauparaha
Establishing the wealth and prosperity of our people has always been a priority, and even our migration to this region in the early 19th century, can be linked to this. Te Rauparaha, one of the leading chiefs of Ngāti Toarangatira, urged the people to migrate to the Kāpiti region, to make the most of the opportunities of plenty of land and resources, and greater trade with Pākehā.
Tāngata whenua have collaborated with Council to develop a Māori Economic Development and wellbeing in Kāpiti strategy, launched in 2013. Under this strategy, funds are allocated annually to selected applicants who meet the criteria. This year, 2020/21, marks the eighth year of implementation.
The 2020/21 allocation is now closed. Dates for the 2021/22 round will be announced later in the year.
Māori economic development is important both for Māori, and for New Zealand’s overall economic performance. In Kāpiti, tangata whenua are making a strong economic, environmental, social and cultural contribution at all levels.
As Iwi settle historic grievances through the Treaty settlement process, we are poised to become powerful leaders in the economic future of the whānau, hapū and iwi groups on this coast.
For Māori, economic wellbeing is individual, whānau/hapū, and Iwi based. It is holistic – not just about business, but including health and wellbeing. It encompasses land, water, forests, coastal, and moana, as well as existing businesses, knowledge transfer and mentorship.
Māori economic wellbeing builds opportunities for all Māori. It links tangata whenua to the district, contributes to the wider community, and may provide opportunities to explore partnerships post-Treaty settlement.
Find out more in the Strategy for Māori Economic Development and Wellbeing in Kāpiti.
The Fund helps whānau, hapū, Iwi, mātāwaka and Māori business in Kāpiti with the costs of ongoing development of Māori economic activity. A total of $60,000 is available for projects that align to the Māori Economic Development strategy.
- Applications for Māori Economic Development Grants for 2020/21 were open 11 January–5 February 2021.
- The Grant panel announced allocations for 2020/21 on 29 March 2021.
- The timeframe for the 2021/22 round will be announced later in the year.
Applications must fall into one of three categories to be eligible:
- manaakitangata – leveraging the potential of rangatahi and building whānau capacity
includes helping rangatahi participate in training courses, preparing rangatahi for career choices and apprenticeships, and helping whānau and hapū develop their own plans for economic development
- kaitiakitanga – whatungarongaro te tangata toi tū te whenua – working with the whenua
exploring sustainable land uses, such as working with Iwi to increase the use of under-developed and/or degraded Māori-owned land to maximise the value produced from it; for example, surveying potential use of land for biofuel crops
- kotahitanga – supporting whānau to achieve economic wellbeing – capacity, collaboration, innovation and Māori business
includes growing opportunities for involvement in business.
- show clear links to the strategic priorities of the Māori Economic Development Strategy
- show clear economic benefit for Māori
- be able to be monitored and evaluated through Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti
- be completed by 30 June 2022, unless otherwise specified and agreed in the application/application approval
- provide an accountability report on the activity and outcomes within six weeks of the completion of the project.
Other points to remember include:
- Grants may be awarded with conditions.
- Regular reporting on the use of grant money will be required. A requirement for quarterly reporting requirements is not unusual.
- Projects may be excluded if they have received significant funding from other Council sources.
- Preference may be given to events that:
- attract visitors to Kāpiti Coast District in the off season (late March to October)
- can demonstrate successful external financial support
- show potential to be self-sustaining without council funding after three years.
Applicants should view and familiarise themselves with the criteria and Māori Economic Development Strategy before applying for the Grants Fund.
- Māori Economic Development Fund Application form (Te Reo Māori) (PDF)
- Māori Economic Development Fund Application form (English) (PDF)
If you have any questions about completing your application or the application criteria, please email us at [email protected], attention: Iwi Partnership Team Programme Advisor, or call us on 0800 486 486 and ask to speak to the Iwi Partnership Team Programme Advisor.
|Ōtaki Manuka Growers Ltd||Infrastructure development at a Manuka Plant Nursery||2020/21|
|Wai Ata||Establishment of a youth-focused training provider - film-making||2020/21|
|The Hori Gallery Ltd||Development of a destination art studio, gallery, café and community space||2020/21|
|Waka Kāpiti Ltd||Development of a Māori Eco tour venture||2020/21|
|Toi Tangata Studio Gallery Ltd||Establishment of an inclusive art and community space in Ōtaki||2020/21|
|Ōtaki Manuka Growers Limited||Commercial manuka-growing project||2018/19|
|Papara Contracting Limited||Development of Wharepaku project||2018/19|
|Māoriland Charitable Trust||
Toi Matarau Gallery Project to develop a permanent physical and online Māori-focused high-end retail Art gallery
Āti Awa Ki Whakarongotai
E tū ngā Rangatira Project, to provide an opportunity for rangatahi to be introduced to business and enterprise
Kāpiti Island Nature Tours
Māoriland Film Festival
Seed funding to establish the festival
Kāpiti Tours Ltd
Funding to develop a business marketing plan