Grants and Scholarship Information

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust provides assistance to whānau who are registered with us to promote and enhance social, educational, health and wellbeing, sporting and cultural opportunities of the iwi.

Te Korowai aroha o Parapara Scholarship

If you are doing tertiary studies in an environmental field you may wish to apply for this education scholarship of $2,500 awarded once per annum. This scholarship is to honour the memory of John Ward-Holmes. The cloak symbolises John’s sphere of influence amongst the iwi and the wider community as he worked tirelessly to restore mātauranga to ensure tohora practices continue, the paepae at Onetahua Marae is maintained and the mana of Te Waikoropupū Springs is upheld. Please see application form for full terms and conditions.

Open until 31 May 2023.

Te Korowai aroha o Parapara application form

Manaaki Grant

If you want support with health-related costs you can apply for a Manaaki Grant once every year. The type of costs you can apply for can vary but include glasses, medical bills, dental bills, hearing aids etc. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis by our Grants Komiti.

Download Manaaki Grant Application Form

Tama Tū Grant

This grant is to tautoko whānau in exceptional circumstances where government or other support is not available or suitable to meet whānau needs. The Tama Tū grant is available once every year. The type of costs you can apply for can vary and approval of application is at the discretion of our Grants Komiti.

Download Tama Tū Grant Application Form

Travel Subsidy 2023


The individual subsidy is available to all registered adult (18+) members and tamariki of registered members who would like to attend a Ngāti Tama hui or kaupapa. One subsidy per registered member (and child/ren) per year.


Application forms will be available at the hui-ā-tau and wānanga, where whānau must be present to apply.


The subsidy will be distributed to whānau bank accounts in the weeks following the hui-ā-tau and wānanga.


Whānau Assistance and Navigators

Please see below for navigator services in your rohe.

MUMA (Manukau Urban Māori Authority) – Ngā Whare Waatea
Advocate, Drug & alcohol addiction, Homelessness, Financial education, social workers, navigators, food bank – partnered with Akld City Mission, Whānau Direct (through Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency)

Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust
Navigators, kai packs, work brokers
Richmond and Wairau

Work broker

MSD Connected
Has contacts with local employers

Kōkiri Marae
Housing, health, womens refuge, domestic violence, navigators, parent support groups, pēpi packs.
Petone – Wainuiomata – Upper Hutt

Pukemokimoki Marae

Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri
Hawkes Bay

Ngāti Toa
Housing, education, jobs, Oranga Tamariki, Whānau Ora $1k grants, kai packs, restorative justice, family harm/violence.
Tawa – Porirua – Ōtaki

Aoake te Rā
Supporting people bereaved by suicide

Whānau Assistance and Navigators

How to complete these forms

  1. Download the application to your computer/device.
  2. Complete the .pdf form.
  3. Save the completed .pdf form as a new document – “Save As”.
  4. Send the completed .pdf form to

General Information

  • Monies to successful applicants will be distributed once the grant has been approved.
  • Grants will be distributed at the discretion of the Trust, and may vary from year to year.
  • The Trust requires verification of enrolment for all education/tertiary grants.
  • If you need help to complete your application or require more information about registering with Ngāti Tama, please contact the office.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please send all completed applications to:

Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust
P O Box 914
Nelson 7040

Sports Grants 2023

Are you involved in a sports team, have membership/uniform fees or an upcoming sports tournament? You might be able to apply for support via our sports grant – check out the application to see if you’re eligible and submit your application form!

Cultural Grants 2023

Are you planning on or currently involved in a cultural activity? This could be something in the areas of kapahaka, te reo, mātauranga or toi māori. Or perhaps you’ve got an upcoming art exhibition or performing in show. Check out our cultural grant application to see if you’re eligible and apply now!

Both Cultural and Sports Grants are currently closed.

Education/tertiary grants

For all of our learners we have the following education grants available:

  • School grants across pre-school, primary, intermediate and secondary ages – one per tamaiti.
    • For pre-school and primary there is a $200 grant.
    • For intermediate students there is a $300 grant.
    • And for secondary students there is a $400 grant available.
  • Tertiary grants are available and this year we have different levels of support of up to the below amounts depending on how far you are through studies:
    • $1,000 grant for first year
    • $1,200 for second year and;
    • $1,500 for third (or more) year.
  • Apprenticeship/cadetship grants are available of up to $1,000 per grant.

*Education grants can only be provided once per financial year. Please see each application form for full details.

Closed for 2023.

Back to School Packs

If you have tamariki heading back to school (pre-school through to secondary levels) and are aged between 3-18 years then you are able to apply for a school pack for each tamaiti. Each back to school pack contains stationery and Ngāti Tama merchandise to tautoko our whānau with tamariki heading into the school year. Please send an email to with the below details for us to prepare the packs to be sent to you:

  • Name(s) of tamariki.
  • Date of birth.
  • Current address for delivery.

*Once received, please send us photos or videos of your tamariki with their school packs – these may be used across our comms channels.

Closed for 2023.

John Mitchell Scholarship

If you are doing tertiary studies in science or history you may wish to apply for this education scholarship of $2,500 awarded once per annum. This scholarship is to honour the memory of Māui John Mitchell. John’s passion and talent for research resulted in the collated information of Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu tūpuna. John was the inaugural Chair of the Ngāti Tama Trust, and with his wife, Hilary, coordinated the Ngāti Tama Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Wakapuaka and Pōhara. John’s research has been preserved in the beautiful series of pukapuka – Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough and He ringatoi o ngā tūpuna. Please see application form for full terms and conditions.

Closed for 2023.

Matariki Grants – CLOSED

Matariki grant is to assist our whānau during the colder winter months. This grant is currently closed and will open again in 2023.