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 opened on Monday 4 February, and closed on 30 April 2019. All applications were considered by the Committee on Wednesday 5 June.

Details of the 2020 Tangata Whenua Liaison Fund will be released in early 2020.

For further information, email funding@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323 or 278 0555.

2019 Funding Results

Seventeen applications were received requesting a total of $116,639.57 for the 2019 funding round. Successful applicants and grant amounts from each Iwi were as follows:

Te Kahui o Rauru

Te Wairoa-iti Marae - $2,900 to build directly outside the wharenui including decking and ramp access; Wai-O-Turi Marae Trustees - $2,600 to clear the area around the puna to allow for the flow of water to increase; Ngati Ruaiti Nukumaru Marae Committee - $5.500 to complete repairs and maintenance to the second building to bring this up to building warrant of fitness standard; Paepae in the Park - $1,500 for a music festival to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui

Wharepuni Marae - $2,200 for a ride on lawnmower; Eltham Community Development Group - $2,200 to carve pau that represent unsung heros of our local community; Taiporohenui Marae - $2,200 to purchase 30 new mattresses; Pariroa Pa Marae Trustees - $2,200 for a new lawnmower; Ki Whanau GYM - $2,200 to hold a community fun run event in August to promote healthier lifestyles; Paepae in the Park - $1500 for a music festival to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust

Te Aroha Marae - $2,250 for spraying, mowing and maintaining the grounds at Te Aroha Marae and Urupa; Ngati Haua Sub 16 – Okare ki Uta Marae - $5,164.90 to add security features to the whare; Ahikuku Reserve Trustees - $7,000 for indigenous restorative planting, connection of the water supply and future projects.


Toroanui Marae Committee - $4,000 to purchase a oven range with gas conventional oven; Orimupiko Reserve Trust - $4,000 to purchase a shed to house the mower and spray tools; Parihaka Papakainga Trust - $600 for remedial work within Te Morehu Urupa on Parihaka Papakainga; Puniho Pa BOT Management Committee - $2,000 for kitchen/facilities upgrades; Te Potaka Pa (Ngati Tara Part No9 Reserve) - $4,000 for the creation of walkways.