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Language preference: Māori English

Language preference: Māori English

Across the motu, whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are looking for ways to improve how their land works for them.

The Whenua Māori Fund supports Māori land owners to explore different uses of land and ways of boosting its productivity.

Whenua Māori Fund Open

Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell opened the Whenua Māori Fund at Rotorua in February 2016. Read media release 

The closing date for Round 3 is 5pm Friday 17 February 2017.


A brochure about the Whenua Māori Fund can be found here.

Investment Plan

The Whenua Māori Fund Investment Plan for 2015-16, which sets out the approach of the Fund and its priorities can be found here.

Application Form

The Application Form can be found here.

More questions

If your whānau or organisation is looking for ways to improve their land, contact us to find out how the Fund may be able to help. You can get in touch through any of our offices by emailing us at whenuamaorifund@tpk.govt.nz or calling 0800 200 410.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 221KB]

Other information

There are two principal databases which may assist you in completing your application form:

  • Māori Land Online 
    This resource from the Māori Land Court assists you to locate your land and neighbouring Māori land blocks that have the potential to be part of your application. It also presents information about the governance structure for your land and owner information.
  • The Māori Land Visualisation Tool
    This resource from Landcare Research assists Māori land owners make informed decisions about land use.

Regional Growth Studies

Māori land productivity initiatives which are identified in Regional Growth Studies can be accessed here.

Other sources of support for Māori Land

There are a range of other government programmes and initiatives supporting Māori land owners, including:

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Kiwi spotting - Rakiura Māori Lands Trust

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    The Rakiura Māori Lands Trust in Te Waipounamu successfully applied to the Whenua Māori Fund.

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  • Production potential for Reureu Kotahitanga

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    Reureu Kotahitanga Ltd were successful in receiving $118,500 from the Whenua Māori Fund which was established to help landowners utilise unused land, improve existing operations or prepare for new opportunities.

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  • Te tuituinga whakamua – Tupoki Takarangi Trust

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    Tupoki Takarangi Trust in Te Taihauāuru region with the support of $75,000 from the Whenua Māori Fund are investigating options for their three blocks.

    This project will produce a feasibility investigation report, business cases and a strategic plan to prepare the trustees for investment decisions required to move forward.  

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  • Exploring horticulture – Ohuia Incorporation

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    Ohuia Incorporation in the Ikaroa – Rāwhiri region with 300ha of Māori freehold land is exploring their horticulture options.

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  • Seeking alternatives – Chadwick Family Trust

    • Date: 10 February 2017

    While based in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti region, the Chadwick Family Trust were succesful in securing $43,200 from the Whenua Māori Fund for their forestry block located in the Te Taihauāuru region.

    Read more

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