The Māori Fisheries Act 2004 speciﬁes that Te Wai Māori can distribute funds to the following groups:
- Mandated Iwi Organisations; or
- Other Māori organisations
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:
- Funding criteria
- Priority areas specified by Te Wai Māori
- Quality of applications received
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:
- Capital expenditure
- Costs relating to motor vehicles and buildings
- Costs relating to business operating expenses
- Retrospective costs
- Intellectual property royalties
- Commercial ventures
- Legal advice
- Resource consents
- Water Conservation Orders
For further information on the priority areas for funding, please refer to the Wai Ora Fund 2019 Guidelines.