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Te Mana o te Wai Fund

Ko Te Mana o te Wai, he mana taketake. Mā wai e kawe, e hiki i te mana o te wai Māori? Mā tātou.

Water has always had mana. Who will uplift and carry the mana of freshwater? We all will.

Next funding round to open early 2021

$30 million will be available for projects from the Te Mana o te Wai Fund through the Jobs for Nature programme.  

Information on how to apply to the Te Mana o te Wai Fund will be available in early 2021. This will include funding criteria and application dates.

We expect to call for expressions of interest in funding at this time. 

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What the funding round is for

The concept of Te Mana o Te Wai is about putting our freshwater first.

The purpose of the fund is to tautoko (support) marae, hapū and whānau to:

  • take action to improve the quality of the freshwater systems in their rohe
  • help restore the mauri of freshwater bodies of importance to them. 

Together, we want to ensure the freshwater of Aotearoa supports the health of our people, our environment and our economy.

Previous funding

In 2014, the Government provided $5 million (over two years) to create the Te Mana o te Wai Fund. The funding was announced in partnership with the Māori Party. 

This funding was awarded through a one-off contestable funding round held in 2015.