Wai Ora Fund

Purpose of the Fund

Through the Wai Ora Fund, Te Wai Māori seeks to enable Māori to develop expertise to promote and advance Māori interests in freshwater fisheries through development, research and education. The purpose of the fund is to:

Wai Ora Fund Application Form and Guidelines

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

Projects will be assessed for their strategic value in achieving the purposes of the Fund. Projects must be focussed on one or more of the four guiding principles in relation to freshwater fisheries and their habitats.

Projects will not be eligible for funding if they have received funding from the Wai Ora Fund three times previously. However, applicants who have received funding previously for different projects are eligible.

For further information on eligibility, please refer to the Wai Ora Fund 2019 Guidelines.


Shared funding is preferred (i.e Iwi/hapū/local or regional council/other funding agents provide funding to project). Applicants should note that the maximum funding amount that can be awarded per project is $50,000 GST exclusive. Applicants need to provide a minimum 20% contribution to the project, whether it be cash or in-kind.
Funding decisions are based on the:

In assessing applications, Te Wai Māori may take into account the past contract performance of applicants who have previously received funding.

Funding will not be provided for:


For further information on the priority areas for funding, please refer to the Wai Ora Fund 2019 Guidelines.