Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund

Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund

Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund

Karanga, karanga ki a Rangi e tuu iho nei

Karanga, karanga ki a Papa e takoto ake nei

Kia rarau ngaa tapuwae a taangata

Putanga ariki

Tihei Mauriora.


Ki ngaa waka o Taranaki ki te Tonga.

Nau mai, haramai ki te kaupeka tono puutea nei.


Naau te rourou, naaku te rourou

Ka ora ai te iwi.

As we call to Rangi above

And we call to Papa below

Thus, we gather the people

The leaders

So, we share the breath of life.


To the canoes of South Taranaki

Welcome to the new application period.


With your basket and mine

The people will prosper.


The purpose of the fund is to support local groups, such as marae committees and/or hapu, projects and initiatives that develop positive relationships between Tangata Whenua, Council and the people of South Taranaki.

Funding a project or initiative depends on available funding and the extent to which the project meets the overall objectives and criteria of the fund. In particular, the Iwi Liaison Committee would give consideration to marae, urupa/wahi tapu, whanau/safer communities, performing arts and visual arts type projects.

The 2019 Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund opens on Monday 21 January, and closes on Friday 15 March. All applications will be considered by the Committee on Wednesday 5 June.

Download an Application Form for 2019 below:

Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund (PDF)

Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund (Word)

For further information, contact Kirsty Jamieson - Executive Assistant Community Services on kirsty.jamieson@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323 or 278 0555.

2018 Funding Results

Sixteen applications were received requesting a total of $75,365.10 for the 2018 funding round. Successful applicants and grant amounts from each Iwi were as follows:

Te Kahui o Rauru

Wai-o-turi Marae Committee - $2,957.83 to apply tinted film to windows and doors; Waipapa Marae Trust - $2,957.83 for septech servicing, insurance and purchasing a new mower; Ngati Pourua Marae Trust - $2,957.83 for upgrading access to Marae and carpark area; Ngati Ruaiti Nukumaru Marae Committee - $2,957.83 for repaining and converting a new sleeping facility/lounge area; ; Patea Watene Maori Trust - $1,794.80 to purchase materials to carryout community services and safety initiatives.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui

Ngatiki Pa - $4,500 for concreting the carpark; Wharepuni Marae Trust - $2,400 for purchasing a new chiller unit; Meremere Marae Committee - $400 for purchasing two gates; Pariroa Pa Marae Committee - $2,200 for purchasing new equipment for maintaining the urupa, and new tools for cleaning the interior of the Marae; Paepae in the Park - $1,500 to hold the annual music festival, ‘Paepae in the Park’, in 2019; Patea Watene Maori Trust - $1,500 to purchase materials to carryout community services and safety initiatives.

Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust

Oeo Pa - $2,500 to upgrade the fence around the urupa; Te Aroha Marae - $2,100 to mow, sprray and maintain the grounds of the Marae and Urupa; Ngaruahine Iwi Maatua Whangai - $2,000 to provide holiday programs in the holidays, youth interventions and whanau days; Ngati Manuhiakai - $6,000 to lay two concrete strips in a new extension of the urupa.


Te Tumu Paeroa - Ngati Kahumate IM2 - $4,000 to scan areas within the Urupa and erect a monument; Te Potaka Pa - $6,000 to maintain the porchway and re-concrete the entranceway.