He taonga tuku noa, he tukuoha ki te ao.

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is pleased to announce the opening of its annual Tukuoha funding round.

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust offers various philanthropic funds each year to financially support the development and delivery of initiatives that enable successful candidates to pursue excellence within the targeted sectors.

This year, there are two funds open for applications, the Tonganui Scholarship and the Pou Herenga Tangata Award. In 2022 the Trust funded ten projects across both funds. You can read more about our recently funded projects here.

Tonganui Scholarship

The Tonganui Scholarship fund offers three $10,000 grants designed to accelerate talented, Māori professionals advancing tikanga Māori, mātauranga tuku iho and Te Ao Māori within the oceans sector.

A successful Tonganui scholar is unwavering in their commitment to our oceans, strengthening our bonds with, and responsibility to, Tangaroa and Hinemoana. They have experience working within the oceans sector and are pursuing pathways to accelerate and grow the impact they will have in the sector in the future.

Pou Herenga Tangata Award

The Pou Herenga Tangata Award is an annual fund of $25,000 (consisting of five $5,000 awards) that aims to support rangatahi Māori to become our next generation of leaders. Successful recipients will either be rangatahi Māori (aged 16-24) who aspire to serve their community, or organisations that support rangatahi Māori to become leaders in their community.

This award recognises the contributions of Norm Dewes to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust, and to his community. These contributions have taken different forms throughout his close association with the Trust; as a founding Chair, a Trustee, and as a staunch advocate for Māori living the urban experience.

Applications close 5 pm, 16 August 2023. Download the guidelines here.