Creating high value jobs and opportunities that advance Māori in the digital technology sector. Applications open on 9 February and close on 9 March 2018.
About the Ka Hao Fund
The Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund is a contestable fund to support initiatives that will create high value jobs and opportunities to advance Māori in digital technologies. In 2014, the Government allocated $30 million over six years to 2021 to support:
- Māori economic development by encouraging Māori participation in the ICT sector; and
- access to Māori language and culture through ICT.
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have joint responsibility for the Ka Hao Fund.
Te Puni Kōkiri is the lead agency for the Fund. The fund has three funding priorities and a range of associated outcomes that could be achieved by initiatives targeting these priorities.
The long-term objective of the Fund is to:
Create high value jobs and opportunities that advance Māori in digital technologies.
The fund has three funding priorities and a range of associated outcomes that could be achieved by initiatives targeting these priorities. These are called the Fundamental Criteria.
The diagram below illustrates how the Fundamental Criteria are linked
Applying for the Fund
The application process will involve two stages.
Applicants to prepare an application for a single idea or initiative that can achieve the objective of the fund and meets one or more of the funding priorities. The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) will assess applications and decide which applications will progress to Stage Two of the application process.
Applicants to prepare a detailed written proposal and be available to answers questions about your initiative from the EAG as part of stage two assessment. The EAG will make recommendations to the Ministers following its stage two assessment.
Register your interest
Register your interest and tell us about your initiative that works towards one of the funding priorities for the Ka Hao Fund. Please do not spend a great of time or money in setting out your initiative.
Include the following when registering your interest:
- Applicant name (individual name if you are applying for funding as an individual or the name of your organisation).
- Applicant address.
- Applicant contact person.
- One or two sentence summary about your initiative.
- The funding priority your application is targeting.
What are the funding priorities?
Register your interest by emailing email@example.com.
Registrations of interest close at 12 noon, Wednesday 7 March 2018.
Things to do before registering your interest
Before registering your interest, please use the flowchart on page 4 of the application form to help assess if the Fund is right for you, that your initiative can achieve the objective of the Fund and meets one or more of the funding priorities.
If you are unsure if your proposed project aligns to the fundamental criteria of the Ka Hao Fund, or are having trouble answering the questions in the application form, please contact the Programme Manager.
027 337 3727
What initiatives will not be funded?
The Expert Advisory Group has an open mind to all applications that meet the Fundamental Criteria, but to assist potential applicants the EAG offers some guidance below on initiatives that it is unlikely to recommend for funding from this Fund:
- initiatives that promote or support digital literacy only;
- initiatives that benefit very few Māori – noting that applications that relate to funding priority two from Māori small-medium businesses would not be excluded;
- scholarships, especially if student loans are available for course participants;
- start-up ventures, where there are a number of other avenues of support available for such ventures;
- development of apps or websites, noting that platforms that allow others to develop capability or content are likely to be looked on more favourably;
- development of strategies;
- initiatives that are turning existing Māori language and culture content that is currently in analogue or paper format into a digital format.
Stage One – Submit your application
- Complete and submit the application form.
Download the application form [DOCX, 172KB].
Prepare a short video (3 minutes maximum) to support your application.
Tips for preparing your short video:
- hold the smart phone horizontally, rather than vertically;
- hold your smartphone very still, either in two hands or with a stabilising device;
- shoot somewhere with plenty of light;
- have your script and any props all ready to go before you shoot;
- let your passion for your initiative shine through!
Further tips can be found here:
Instructions to submit your application form and short video.
Note you will need to have an existing Dropbox account to complete this stage of the application process. Create a new Dropbox account.
- Name and save your short video and application form.
- Enter your First Name Last Name e.g. JohnSmith.doc or JohnSmith.mp4. Note this should match the applicant name on the application form.
- Enter your Organisations Name e.g. TePuniKokiri.doc or TePuniKokiri.mp4. Note these should match the applicant name on the application form.
- If you are submitting more than one application, you need to submit each application form and short video separately. Use the same naming convention for each application form and short video as set out above. Number any additional applications e.g. JohnSmith2.doc or JohnSmith2.mp4.
- Open the Ka Hao Fund Dropbox Folder . Select ‘Upload’.
- Upload your completed application form and short video to the Ka Hao Fund Dropbox Folder.
- You will receive an email confirming that you have uploaded your video and application form file. Note uploading video files may take a while so allow enough time to upload video files. Applications received after 12 noon 9 March 2018 may not be assessed.
- Note uploading video files may take a while so allow enough time to upload video files. Applications received after 12 noon 9 March 2018 may not be assessed.
Applications close 12 noon, Friday 9 March 2018.
Stage Two – Prepare your proposal
The successful applicants from Stage One will be invited to submit a detailed written proposal and be available in early to mid-May 2018 to answers questions about your initiative from the EAG as part of the stage two assessment. The EAG will make recommendations to the Ministers following its stage two assessment.
Read more about the criteria for assessment on page 9 of the Funding Plan.
There will be no minimum or maximum on the number of applications funded, and there will be no requirement that all available funding be allocated if there are insufficient quality proposals.
Final decisions will be made jointly by the Ministers.
An overview of the application process
An overview of the application process is set out below
|Stage one application open||Friday 9 February 2018|
|Registration of application closes||12 noon, Wednesday 7 March 2018|
|Stage one applications close||12 noon, Friday 9 March 2018|
|Decisions on which applicants to invite to stage two||Thursday 22 March 2018|
|Invitation to participate in stage two||Friday 23 March 2018|
|Stage two applications close||12 noon, Tuesday 24 April 2018|
|EAG assessment and recommendation to Joint Ministers||Friday 25 May 2018|
|Decision by Joint Ministers||Friday 8 June 2018|
For more information about the Ka Hao Fund email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expert Advisory Group
The Expert Advisory Group (EAG), acting as an assessment panel, will make recommendations to the Minister for Māori Development and Minister of Research regarding:
- which proposals will receive funding; and
- the value of that funding (which may be less than requested);
Ka Hao Fund Operational Framework and Funding Plan
The Ka Hao Fund Operational Framework and Funding Plan sets out the objectives, funding priorities, specific outcomes and how the funding process will work for the Fund.
These documents are informed by four workshop hui to discuss funding priorities for the Fund.
Ka Hao brand
The Ka Hao brand is derived from the well-known whakataukī, ‘Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi – The old net is cast aside and the new net goes fishing’. The accompanying byline ‘Casting. Creating. Connecting.’ builds on the wider meaning of the whakataukī.
Ka Hao Fund Recipients