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Expansion of He Oranga Poutama in Manawatū 2023-2024

Applications Open

Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa is expanding the He Oranga Poutama programme into the Manawatū. Applications are now open from 14 February 2023 for suitable providers and will close on 7 March 2023 at 5pm. 

The takiwā being targeted to deliver He Oranga Poutama is Manawatū (south of Rangitīkei river to Ōtaki in the south-west and Ōwahanga river in the north-east). 

Applications for the Open Tender Process will close 7 March 2023 at 5pm. 

The boundaries provided are a guideline to the focus areas. Applicants will be asked to show how they will reach across this takiwā.   

The successful applicants will be required to deliver on the He Oranga Poutama Outcomes, using the kaupapa Māori framework, Te Whetū Rehua. 

Manawatū Webinar

Please click here to view the webinar held by Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa on the 16th February 2023 for interested parties from the Manawatū.

What is He Oranga Poutama? 

The literal meaning of He Oranga Poutama is ‘stairway to wellbeing’ programme, promotes the development and implementation of traditional active recreation and sport in a way that is culturally appropriate to Māori. There are currently 12 He Oranga Poutama providers delivering the programme throughout Aotearoa. 

He Oranga Poutama is strongly centred on Māori ways of being and knowing. Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa supports Māori wellbeing by improving Māori participation and growing leadership through active recreation, sport and play. 

What does ‘as Māori’ mean in this context? 

The successful applicant will be required to deliver on the He Oranga Poutama Outcomes using the kaupapa Māori framework, Te Whetū Rehua 

Te Whetū Rehua is the framework that articulates the ‘by Māori, for Māori, as Māori’ concepts and principles which collectively define Māori leadership and participation in sport, active recreation and play.  

Understanding Te Whetū Rehua is critical to understanding He Oranga Poutama. 

When does the application open for He Oranga Poutama Tender Process? 

The intended timeline is as follows: 

  • 14 February 2023 Applications open 
  • 16 February 2023 Q & A information webinar 
  • 7 March 2023, 5pm Applications close 
  • March 2023 Assess applications/shortlist 
  • March 2023 Interviews with shortlisted applicants 
  • April 2023 Announce successful applicant. 

What is the investment period for He Oranga Poutama? 

The initial investment period is to 30 June 2024. 

Apply now

Complete our online or word document to apply. 

Download our printable He Oranga Poutama application form if you’d prefer to complete this by hand.  

Investment guidelines


For questions regarding He Oranga Poutama, please contact Wiremu Mato He Oranga Poutama Lead 

M: 027 240 5276 

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