He kai kei aku ringa Fund 2018

He kai kei aku ringa supports promising economic development initiatives by, for and with Māori. Young Enterprise ran a series of Business Challenges for rangatahi which developed entrepreneurial skills and attitudes among the students and connected them with their local business community.

About the He kai kei aku ringa Fund

The He kai kei aku ringa Fund encourages innovative projects that will help to achieve the vision and goals of the wider He kai kei aku ringa Strategy. The current application round for the He kai kei aku ringa Fund runs from 30 April to 9am, 28 May 2018.

He kai kei aku ringa is the Crown-Māori Economic Development Strategy. It holds a vision for a productive, innovative, export oriented Māori economy driven by whānau.

The name means ‘providing food by my own hands’. It has become a metaphor for the resilience and economic self-determination of Māori people.

The overarching goal of He kai kei aku ringa is to increase the Māori median income by 20% from $26,500 to $31,800 by 2021. The strategy was established in 2012.

You can find more information about He kai kei aku ringa on the E RERE website.

What the He kai kei aku ringa Fund invests in

The He kai kei aku ringa Fund seeks to invest in projects that will support whānau, hapū and iwi Māori to meet their aspirations; as well as contribute to the five He kai kei aku ringa focus areas:

  • Employment – Whai Mahi - growing the future Māori workforce
  • Rangatahi – supporting Māori youth to define and lead their economic aspirations
  • Enterprise – Whai Pakihi- growing Māori enterprises
  • Regions – Rohe Tū Pakari - increasing Māori participation in regional economies
  • Education – Whai Mātauranga - upskilling the Māori workforce.

If you believe your project aligns to achieving one of more of the targets for each of these focus areas (as listed below), complete and submit the He kai kei aku ringa Fund application form [DOCX, 128KB].

Focus Area Target
Employment – Whai Mahi
  • Reduce Māori unemployment from 11.9% to 7.5%.
  • Within Youth Employment Pathway programme move 1200 young people per annum into sustainable work.
Enterprise – Whai Pakihi
  • Increasing the number of Māori employers with more than three employees by 30% from 8,200 to 10,660.
  • Increasing the value of exports by Māori enterprises by 9% per year.
  • Increasing the total capital deals undertaken by Māori enterprises by $300million.
  • Increasing the number of Māori enterprises engaged in the innovation system by 5% per year.
  • Increasing Māori land utilisation and yield.
Education – Whai Mātauranga
  • Māori attainment of NCEA level 2.
  • Māori attainment of NCEA level 4 qualification or above.
Rangatahi – Rangatahi Tū Maia
  • Progress will be measured through employment, education and by measures defined by rangatahi about what is important to them.
Regions – Rohe Tū Pakari
  • Iwi and Māori will be able to actively participate in regional planning and implementation within the Regional Growth Programme according to their interests and priorities.


You can apply for funding if your organisation is a legal entity or if your application is made under the umbrella of a legal entity based in New Zealand.

You cannot apply for funding if you are:

  • an entity established or governed by the State Sector Act 1988, the Crown Entities Act 2004, or an entity that is at least 50% owned by one or more of these entities
  • an overseas group or organisation.

Also note, if you have previous or current funding arrangements with Te Puni Kōkiri, performance under those arrangements will be a relevant consideration for decisions relating to your application.

Submitting your application

There are two documents to download when preparing to submit your application; the application guidelines [PDF, 188KB] and the application form [DOCX, 128KB].

Read the application guidelines first as this will give you the supporting information you need to understand and thoroughly complete your application form. As part of completing your application you will need to submit a proposal on your initiative. All of the requirements are given in the application form.

Please send your completed application form to hkkar@tpk.govt.nz.

Applications close 9am, Monday 28 May 2018.

Your application will be assessed by Te Puni Kōkiri to ensure:

  • You have provided all proposal material
  • Your proposal meets the funding criteria as set out in the application form
  • Your proposal is financially viable
  • Your proposal does not duplicate other initiatives being funded by Te Puni Kōkiri or the MBIE Māori Innovation Fund (MIF).

You may be required to pitch your funding project to the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board (MEDAB) Subcommittee who will be reviewing all proposals.

Remember: applications close 9am, Monday 28 May 2018.

Key dates

An overview of the key dates in the application process is set out below:

Date Process
Monday 30 April 2018 Fund opens - call for applications.
Monday 28 May 2018 (9am) Applications close.
Tuesday 29 May – Tuesday 26 June 2018 All applications reviewed and assessed.
Wednesday 27 June 2018 Shortlist presented to MEDAB Subcommittee.
Friday 6 July 2018 Decisions finalised.
From 9 July 2018 Applicants informed of decisions and contracts formalised with successful applicants.

Funding decisions

The Māori Economic Development Advisory Board is tasked with providing advice on funding proposals, and recommending which applications progress to the next stage. The final funding decision sits with Te Puni Kōkiri.

Media releases

Call for applications to Māori economic development fund

Questions and answers

If Te Puni Kōkiri or MBIE receive questions about the application process during the period applications are open, we will publish each question and its answer in this section.

  • Question: What is the maximum amount which can be applied for within this pūtea [the HKKAR Fund 2018]?
    Answer: We do not have a maximum amount you can apply for in this round of funding. We are looking for initiatives that will make a significant impact to achieving the targets set out in the He kai kei aku ringa Strategy.
  • Question: What is the maximum duration of any project funded?
    Answer: The maximum duration of the funded projects will be 12 months starting from 1st July 2018.
  • Question: Are we eligible to apply for funding under the umbrella of our marae trustees?
    Answer: You are eligible to apply for funding under the umbrella of the marae trustee as long as the trustee is a legal entity. You can find further information on our eligibility criteria in Section 1 of the Application Guidelines.
  • Question: Is there any flexibility with the submission deadline of 9am on Monday 28th May?

    Answer: Regrettably, as the HKKAR Fund is operating as an open round, we are unable to provide any flexibility regarding the deadline for applications. We want to keep a level playing for applicants applying for HKKAR funding, ensuring that there is adequate time to do justice to proposals during assessment and so that decisions can be made by the required date.

Contact details

For more information about He kai kei aku ringa Fund please email hkkar@tpk.govt.nz.

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