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Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

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Proposals are sought for specific events which meet the following criteria:
• the theme is the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi;
• the event promotes nation building and community building;
• it encourages wide community participation and achievement;
• it promotes a cultural experience or event consistent with the above; and,
• the event takes place on or near Waitangi Day, days significant to the signing of the Treaty in a particular community or rohe (for example, the date on which an iwi signed the Treaty or Final Deed of Settlement).

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Groups may apply


The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building.


The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events.

Projects funded

You can apply to the fund for events that are themed on the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and that:
• promote nation and community building
• encourage wide community participation
• promote a cultural experience
• take place on or near Waitangi Day (6 February)

Excluded projects

Mid to long term Treaty of Waitangi projects.


Activities funded

Most costs associated with Waitangi Day events.


Excluded activities

• seminars, workshops and hui, travel to Waitangi, Bay of Islands.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

from $200 to $10,000 with the average grant being $3,000

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Applications for funding for Waitangi Day 2020 events closed on 14 October 2019. A call for Waitangi Day 2021 applications will be made in mid 2020.

To receive email updates on funding dates for the 2019 funding round, please register your interest by emailing

Information required with your application

Make sure you complete every section of the form and include:
• one document proving entity status, such as a current constitution or trust deed and certificate of incorporation, or a letter from your District Māori Council / appropriate iwi authority, or a copy of a Māori Land Court Order, or bank account details, or proof of organisational structure and / or copies of minutes of meetings
• a detailed description of your event
• a proposed budget for your event
• at least two current letters of support that are specific to the event.

Decision makers

A panel will be convened to consider the applications and make decisions.

Decision time

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid October.

How notified

By letter.

How paid


Conditions of acceptance

Successful applicants are required to provide an evaluation and expenditure report ONE month after the event. Failure to provide the Ministry with the reports will affect future applications to the Fund. The Ministry should be notified of any changes in the date and if there are any major changes to the event. If an event cannot take place for whatever reason, the Ministry must be informed.

Other information

All applications must have two signatories. One signatory must be the Director, Chief Executive or Trustee of the Organisation.


Ministry for Culture and Heritage
PO Box 5364
Wellington 6145
Phone: +64 4 499 4229