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Te Pū Harakeke

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We encourage applications for funding from organisations, as opposed to individuals, that are legal entities based in New Zealand.  If your organisation is not a legal entity, the application may be made under the ‘umbrella’ of a legal entity.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Te Pū Harakeke supports Māori to host community projects and events, including Matariki and developing Māra Kai.

Projects funded

Te Pū Harakeke provides support to deliver events and projects at a local community level. The Te Pū Harakeke is split into three specific purposes:

Māra Kai:  Funding for Māori to learn about and experience the hands on practicalities of growing and producing sustainable crops. Māra Kai provides financial assistance to organisations wanting to set up sustainable community garden projects.

Matariki Celebrations: Funding for Māori to participate in or hold Matariki celebrations and education programmes. This fund provides one-off financial contributions to organisations towards Matariki celebratory events and activities.  Events funded through the Matariki must be held within the broad timetable of Matariki each year. Events outside of this time or purpose are not eligible.  

Sponsorship: Funding for Māori to achieve their potential through participation and involvement in events and projects. Sponsorship provides one-off financial assistance for community events and activities that contribute to Māori development.  Note that this funding is intended to be a contribution only and cannot be used to fund the total cost of the project.

Excluded activities

Funding cannot be used for:
·         Retrospective events and activities
·         Consultant costs, event management costs
·         International travel and accommodation
·         Medical bills
·         Legal costs
·         Payment of existing debts
·         Business ventures
·         Items of a capital nature including buildings and vehicles
·         Events that have a political component or purpose
·         Administration costs  * Exceptions made for Matariki and Sponsorship(the following administration costs will be considered; telecommunications, advertising, facilitator/coordinator, venue, kai costs, training and development and contractors)

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How to apply

Te Pū Harakeke – Application form, guidelines and information [Word 572KB]

You may submit applications at any time throughout the year and we strongly recommend that you work with Regional Office staff during the planning and development of your application.  Your application must be submitted on the application form.
More information on the website

Information required with your application

Don't forget to include all supporting documents as your application will be considered incomplete and not processed.

Decision makers

Applications will be assessed and approved by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Decision time

The assessment process for all applications will be undertaken by your local Te Puni Kōkiri regional office. Each regional office will assess all eligible applications against the criteria for assessment outlined above for the three individual funds.

How notified

If your application has been submitted via email to your local Te Puni Kōkiri regional office,you will receive an acknowledgment of receipt from that office within five workings of your submission.

All organisations will be notified of the outcome of their application fifteen working days after the date of submission.

How paid

Please see guidelines.

Conditions of acceptance

You will be required to submit progress reports to Te Puni Kōkiri over the life of the project and a final report upon completion that includes full details as to how the funds were spent.  Your reports should provide details about the:
·   outcomes achieved
·   funding has been used for the purposes for which it was given
difference it has made for whānau, hapū and iwi.

Other information

Te Puni Kōkiri regional staff are available to provide project guidance and advice where required and will ensure that all recipients of the Matariki Fund are aware of the reporting requirements necessary for government accountability expectations.


Te Puni Kokiri
Te Puni Kōkiri
PO Box 3943
Wellington 6140
Phone: 04-819-6000