The 2023 Wai Ora Fund has been awarded to six projects from iwi, hapū and whānau across Aotearoa. 

Entering its 11th year, the Wai Ora Fund has continued to support iwi, hapū, and whānau to fulfil aspirations for freshwater fisheries in their rohe. With $200,000 was made available this year, and over $2million distributed in total so far, it’s a fund that unlocks opportunity and has a tangible impact for our taiao. 

This year, the fund was awarded to projects undertaking a variety of kaupapa: 

  • Hokonui Floriculture Limited 
  • Tuawhenua Trust 
  • Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated 
  • Maungataniwha ki Rangaunu Trust 
  • Te Wai Mauri Trust 
  • The Waikawa Lands Trust 

Their projects range from preventing the decline of kanakana/piharau at Mataura Falls in Murihiku, engaging mātauranga-holders in Ruatāhuna in the development of a research programme on te wai māori, building capability for hapū in monitoring and restoration work. 

It’s a privilege to be support this mahi and we’ll share more about these projects over the year.