The Māori Fisheries Act 2004 specifies that Te Wai Māori can distribute funds to the following groups:

  1. Māori;
  2. Mandated iwi organisations; or
  3. Other Māori organisations

Projects will be assessed for their strategic value in achieving the purposes of the Fund. Strategic value means the likely ability of projects to act as catalysts that enhance and extend the uptake of good freshwater fisheries practice. This year, preference will be given to practical projects rather than planning or desktop based projects.