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Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund

Across Aotearoa, whānau, hapū and iwi are planning and delivering events and initiatives to commemorate the New Zealand Wars.

Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund has been set up to support iwi, hapū and whānau to promote and deliver events and initiatives that commemorate the New Zealand Wars.

About Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund

Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund supports whānau, hapū and iwi to promote and deliver activities and events that commemorate the New Zealand Wars.

The Fund has two parts:

  • Commemoration Day Fund/Rā Maumahara of up to $500,000 to support an iwi/iwi grouping (or others acting on behalf of an iwi) to organise and carry out the national commemoration event on the 28 October of every year.
  • Regional Fund of $500,000 for regional commemoration events and initiatives that take place throughout the year.

Advisory Panel

An advisory panel of five members (nominated by the Minister for Māori Development, the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage and iwi) was established to oversee the design of the fund and assess applications to the Fund. Panel members include (L-R):

  • Pita Tipene (Iwi rep)
  • Michelle Hippolite (Crown rep)
  • Tā Wira Gardiner (Chair)
  • Paul James (Crown rep, CE Ministry for Culture and Heritage)
  • Kāwhia Te Muraahi (Iwi rep)

Pictured above: Te Pūtake o te Riri: Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Advisory Panel (June, 2017)

Role and responsibilities

The Panel’s role is to:

  • provide advice to Te Puni Kōkiri on the quality of the applications and proposals and make recommendations on the level of funding and to whom. All final decisions are the responsibility of the Chief Executive, Te Puni Kōkiri; and
  • provide strategic oversight on matters directly relating to the Fund.

Role of Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri will provide secretariat support to the Panel and, as appropriate, provide monitoring and evaluation information about the Fund necessary for the Panel to develop its recommendations and advice.

The Panel will cease to exist when the Fund is fully expensed or 30 June 2018 whichever is the earlier.


A Brief History

Rā Maumahara – the Journey to a National Commemoration

A timeline of the Commemoration from concept to inception.


General information about New Zealand Wars and Conflicts

A paper by David Green from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage providing more context on the naming of the wars.


Perspectives | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand

The wars and conflicts in New Zealand are important historical narratives which contributed to the shaping of our nation. Sharing different perspectives of the impact of these wars builds wider understanding and awareness, and will better enable all those affected to heal and move forward towards broader reconciliation.


An Overview of Wars and Conflicts in Aotearoa-New Zealand
Dr Vincent O’Malley, a New Zealand historian, discusses the New Zealand Wars, and touches on the complex issues which gave rise to them.

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The Impact of Wars and Conflicts in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Dr Vincent O’Malley, continues his analysis of the New Zealand Wars, and stresses the importance for all New Zealanders to understand better the effects of these wars and conflicts on the whole nation.

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Applying for the Fund

Regional Fund Guidelines and Application Form


Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Details

For further information about Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund please see the following:

Media Releases

Fund opens for NZ Wars commemorations, 7 July 2017

New Zealand Land Wars commemorations fund panel meets, 31 May 2017

Ngāti Hine mark land wars with multisport challenge, 29 May 2017

Editorial: Commemoration of New Zealand wars is long overdue, 3 November 2016

National day to remember the New Zealand Wars to start in 2017, 31 October 2017

Date to be set for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand Wars, 21 August 2016

Confiscated Land Wars sites returned – Hon Flavell, 19 August, 2016

Government announces Land Wars Day at Turangawaewae, 19 August 2016

Day to mark New Zealand Wars on the cards – Flavell, 11 January 2016

Commemorating New Zealand Wars (no date)


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