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Kapa Haka & Other Cultural Uniform Funding

This funding supports:

  • Sustaining and strengthening Māori language and culture
  • Encouraging increased participation in cultural traditions
  • Encouraging the sharing and expression of all cultures

Apply: Anytime

We encourage you to call us to discuss your application prior to application on 0800 500 185 or email dianne@communitytrustsouth.nz

Can you apply?

We can consider applications from the following types of organisations if they are operating in our area, which covers Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot.


That are established under the Education Act 1989

Early Childhood Centres

That are registered with the Ministry of Education and are licensed, license-exempt or chartered and community based (not for profit) services including the following:

  • Playcentres
  • Te Kōhanga Reo
  • Ngā Puna Kohungahunga
  • Pacific Island Centres
  • Kindergartens

Non-profit organisations

That are a legal entity and operating in our area can apply including:

  • An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust. You can check if you are incorporated at Societies & Trusts
  • A company with charitable purposes that is registered with Charities Services

(Registration with Charities Services doesn’t mean your organisation is a legal entity)

Schools and groups can apply for funding of kapa haka uniforms once every five years

What if you aren’t a legal entity?

You can apply for up to $2,000 and you will need to have a set of rules, minutes of meetings and have a bank account in your group’s name. Otherwise you will need to work with a Funding Partner to apply – contact us to talk about your options.

What we fund

Developing, creating and/or purchasing kapa haka and other cultural costumes, with the focus being on traditional styled costumes for use during performances.

We use the following funding formula to determine the level of funding. 

For School Groups (Primary, Intermediate & Secondary)

EQI: 389 - 440
Amount: 30% of the total cost 

EQI: 441 - 495
Amount: 40% of the total cost 

EQI: 496 - 564
Amount: 50% of the total cost

For Other Groups

Deprivation Index (Census Area Unit): 1, 2, 3 and 4
Amount: 30% of the total cost

Deprivation Index (Census Area Unit): 5, 6 and 7
Amount: 40% of the total cost

Deprivation Index (Census Area Unit): 8, 9 and 10
Amount: 50% of the total cost

How to apply

You can apply anytime for requests under $75,000, but you need to apply before your project has started as we don’t fund projects that have already happened.

Applications are made online and if you haven’t applied before you need to register by providing your name, organisation and email address as well as creating a password – it  only takes a moment.

Once registered you can log in anytime to start an application or to access your application again later so you can work on it over time.  To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.

As part of your application you will be asked to identify your project’s intended outcomes (the changes or differences you expect your project to make) and, if your application is successful, you will be asked to explain in you accountability reporting whether you were successful. For applications requesting:

  • $10,000 & Under you will need to provide at least one outcome
  • $75,000 & Under you will need to provide at least two outcomes

How we assess applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply and we use a set formula (detailed under What We Fund) for determining our level of support.

As part of your application you will also need to show engagement and consultation with your local rūnaka, marae, Māori whanau or community associated with your school or group.

When will you hear back?

$10,000 & under
We have a simplified process for applications requesting $10,000 and under and decisions are generally made within 6 weeks of receiving your application.

$75,000 & over
Applications requesting between $10,000 and $75,000 involve a more detailed process and decisions can take up to 8 weeks from receiving your application.   


The contact person in your application will receive an email letting them know the decision.

If you’re successful the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. Read our Managing Your Funding for more information.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.