Application Form | Te Puka Tono Pūtea

Before you apply, please see this important information about the fund here.

I mua i tō tuku tono tēnā tirohia ngā mōhiohio whaitake e pā ana ki te tahua pūtea i konei.

2023 Thriving in Murihiku Funding Application – Te Tono Pūtea Taurikura Murihiku 2023

Applications are open from Monday 29th May and close 5pm on Friday 30th June. Ka tuwhera ngā tono mai i te Mane 29 o Mei, ka kati i te 5pm o te Paraire 30 o Hune.         

Download this word document to help you prepare your application prior to filling in the form below.

Tīkina ake tēnei mauhanga hei āwhina i a koe ki te whakarite i tō tono i mua i tō whakakī i te puka kei raro iho nei.

Before you apply please see this important information about the fund here.

I mua i tō tuku tono tēnā tirohia ngā mōhiohio whaitake e pā ana ki te tahua pūtea i konei

Thank you so much for your interest in the Thriving in Murihiku Fund.

You can find more information on the funding criteria, timeline and decision-making process on our website Please read this information carefully before submitting your application.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 30th June. You are welcome to submit your written application in English or te reo Māori. If you would prefer to submit your application via video, please let us know and we’ll provide you with information and guidance. We accept video applications in English, te reo Māori and Sign Language.

Please note, though this form may auto-save if you are connected to the internet, we recommend saving your application information in a separate document, then completing and submitting this form in one session.

Once you hit ‘submit’, you should receive an automatic email letting you know that your application has been safely submitted and a copy of what was received. The form cannot be changed after being submitted.

We’ll be in touch as soon as we can to let you know the outcome of your application. You will hear from us no later than the 4th August 2023 and we may be in touch earlier if we have any questions or need clarification to help us understand your mahi (work). We will also follow up with a short survey about this process and how we can improve your experience.

If you have any questions, or need clarification, please email us at

Tēnā koe i tō tono i te Pūtea Murihiku Taurikura.

Ko te roanga atu o ngā mōhiohio mō te paearu pūtea, te rārangi wā me te tukanga whakatau kei tā mātou pae tukutuku . Tēnā, pānuitia aua mōhiohio i mua i te tāpaetanga o tō tono.

Ka kati ngā tono ā te 5pm i te Rāmere, te 30 o Hune 2023. Ka taea e koe tō tono tuhituhi te te tuku mā te reo Pākehā, te reo Māori rānei. Mēnā e hiahia ana koe ki te tuku i tō tono mā te ataata; me whakamōhio mai ki a mātou, ā, mā mātou ngā mōhiohio me ngā tohutohu e tuku ki a koe. Kei te whakaae mātou ki ngā tono ataata mā te reo Pākehā, te reo Māori me te reo Rotarota.

Kia mōhio mai, ahakoa ka aunoa pea te tiaki i tēnei puka ki te ipurangi, e tūtohu ana mātou kia tiakina tō tono ki tētahi atu momo kōnae, ki reira whakaotihia ai i mua i te tāpaetanga mā te ipurangi.

Ina pāwhiri koe i te ‘tuku’, ko te tikanga ka whiwhi koe ki tētahi īmēra aunoa kia mōhio ai koe kua tāpaetia haumarutia tō tono me tētahi tāruatanga o te  tāpaetanga. Kāore e taea te puka te whakarerekē i muri i te tukunga.

Kia whakatauria te wāhi ki ngā tono, ka wawe tā mātou whakapā atu ki te whakamōhio atu i te hua o tō tono. i mua i te 4 o Ākuhata 2023. Tērā pea ka whakapā atu mātou i mua, mēnā he pātai, he kōrero anō ā mātou kia tino mārama ki tō mahi. Ka tukua hoki tētahi uiuinga poto kia taea e mātou tēnei tikanga te whakapai ake.

Mēnā he pātai, he mōhiohio rānei, īmēra mai ki a mātou, ki


Rangatahi wanted to join funding rōpū

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We are looking for new participants to join our funding rōpū

Is that you? Apply today!

Applications are now open to join the Rangatahi Māori Fund rōpū in Waihōpai / Motupōhue. Applications close 30 June 2023.

There is no previous skills required. We are looking for members aged 14 – 20 who are passionate about te ao Māori and positive outcomes for rangatahi in Murihiku. We value the ability to listen, participate and contribute to funding decisions with an open mind. Application information is below.

What is the Rangatahi Māori Fund?

The Rangatahi Māori fund is a part of Te Rourou’s work to support Māori aspirations, develop capacity and capability within the region and honour and value the expertise held by rangatahi Māori.

Young people have a unique perspective on their community, understand the challenges they face and are deeply invested in creating a positive future. Te Rourou has established a Rangatahi Māori Fund in partnership with Community Trust South, ILT Foundation and Clare Foundation to provide a group of rangatahi Māori with the opportunity to decide where funding should go. We believe rangatahi Māori are best placed to understand their own needs for support and cultural connection.

What has the rōpū done so far?

The rōpū were formed in 2022 and to date have given out approximately $260,000 across a range of organisations that fit their criteria of allowing rangatahi to connect with culture. Some examples of things they have funded include:

  • Mau rakau programme in secondary schools across the rohe
  • Investing in developing Māori sports opportunities
  • Supporting rangatahi to connect with their whakapapa
  • Wananga for rangatahi who have experienced sexual harm
  • Microcredential workshops to empower rangatahi grounded in te ao Māori
  • Wananga to promote te ao Māori based education programmes outside the classroom
  • Programme to support Māori and Pasifika students to succed in sports
  • Supporting local players to compete in Māori league national tournament
  • Rangatahi Zone event for 2023

What is involved with being in the rōpū?

Meeting regularly throughout the year to develop skills and make funding decisions. This can involve evenings and weekend days. Roughly meeting twice every six weeks. Some of our orginial members are still on the panel and will act as tuakana to support new members.

You will learn and develop skills and concepts that surround funding including community wellbeing, applications, policies, criteria and accountability.

Who can apply?

There is no previous skills required. We are looking for members aged 14 – 20 who are passionate about te ao Māori and positive outcomes for rangatahi in Murihiku. We value the ability to listen, participate and contribute to funding decisions with an open mind.

How to apply

To apply to join the rōpū, please email by 30th June 2023

You are welcome to apply in any format and can include photos, videos, CV or anything else you would like to include. Please ensure you tell us:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Phone number and/or email address
  • Any iwi affiliations
  • Why you would love to join this rōpū

Please note all decisions will be made by the currrent rangatahi rōpū


REPORT: I Feel Really Good When…strengthening youth mental health and wellbeing in Murihiku Southland

A research report released today channels the voices of over 140 students throughout Murihiku Southland on what it will take for youth mental health and wellbeing to thrive.

Recording from the report’s launch.

Four main themes emerging from the voices of Southland’s young people include needing a larger diversity of people in leadership roles, needing safe spaces, more exposure to new ideas and opportunities, and to be heard and empowered in their communities.

The report, titled ‘I Feel Really Good When…strengthening youth mental health and wellbeing in Murihiku Southland’, was facilitated by Massey University’s Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, and commissioned by Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation (soon to be One Aotearoa Foundation), in partnership with Invercargill Licensing Trust Foundation and Community Trust South.

In 2022, researchers visited 10 schools throughout Southland to discuss with groups of students the factors which affect their wellbeing, and their needs and preferences when it comes to mental health and wellbeing support. The students’ ages ranged from 8 to 18 years old.

Te Rourou developmental evaluator Sharon Reece says the report is a way of amplifying the voices of rangatahi, and encouraging the wider community to let young people lead the way.

“The rangatahi we work with have proven that they are extremely capable at determining what they need to thrive. We know that our young people can identify and articulate the struggles they face, and they are invested in creating positive futures. Now it’s time to listen to them, learn from them, and to be reactive in our decision making,” she says.

The report is intended to better inform funding decisions for its funding partners, and based on the results, its potential to influence has expanded to the wider community, with the prospect of it helping to inform decision making for schools and policymakers. While the report identifies Southland-specific factors, it also captures a wider collective youth voice which the partners are hopeful will have a national reach.

“As the insights came together, we could all see the possibilities to replicate this throughout the country, with the potential to develop community-led responses, based on community need,” Ms Reece says.

Along with four key themes, the report presents recommendations as to how the needs of rangatahi can be met. These include subsiding transport provisions for better access to counselling, implementing new spaces and places, and to support youth-led initiatives in the community.

“Te Rourou is actively committed to rangatahi voices being central to our decision making, we can only reiterate how important that is, and this report will support us in that journey,” Ms Reece ends.

OHI Data Navigator finds one in five rangatahi continue to experience disadvantage and exclusion in Aotearoa

Te Rourou, launches Taiohi Insights Report.

Te Rourou, One Aotearoa Foundation, has today released its Taiohi Insights report, an annual report on the shifts in data relating to the experiences of rangatahi in Aotearoa. The report draws from 2021 data released in OHI Data Navigator earlier this year. OHI Data Navigator is a free interactive platform which draws on government and community data, with its primary data source from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) managed by Stats NZ.

The report covers how income inequality, economic policy, education, rangatahi safety and structural inequities all have a relationship to how exclusion and disadvantage manifests for rangatahi in Aotearoa. Building on the 2021 report, new data insights are provided taking a longitudinal view.

“This year’s report expands on our inaugural report released last year, with a focus on amplifying youth voices and taking a long view on the data,” says Ta’ase Vaoga, Rangatahi Insights Lead at Te Rourou.

The updated data now shows a downward or stabilising trend in levels of exclusion and disadvantage of rangatahi across Aotearoa.  However, the overall number of rangatahi who are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage is still concerning.

“When we’ve looked at the long view, we can see some improvements in some data. This is really positive for rangatahi, but we cannot forget that one in five rangatahi in Aotearoa are experiencing disadvantage and exclusion. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” says Vaoga.

Wellbeing, social connectedness, and aspirations for the future emerged as broad themes from rangatahi about what mattered most to them. From these three themes, each unveiled a range of kōrero and experiences which contribute in both helpful and not so helpful ways, to the realities experienced by rangatahi.

“Youth or rangatahi voice is so important. Data is great and can give us insights into the realities faced by rangatahi, but the data is strengthened by the understanding gained by talking to rangatahi. Most of the data we work with is derived from deficit-based data centred in interactions with systems which weren’t designed with rangatahi, especially Māori rangatahi, in mind. So we need to make sure that they have opportunities to be heard,” says Vaoga.

The report aims bring to the fore the lived experiences of rangatahi through both data and story, applying pressure across the sector, including government, to invest in ways which support rangatahi to thrive.

The report found one in three rangatahi living in areas with high levels of material deprivation are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage. Also, those living with high levels of material deprivation are more than twice as likely to experience exclusion and disadvantage compare with those who live in low deprivation areas.

The Taiohi Insights report shows that Māori continue to experience disproportionate rates of exclusion and disadvantage compared with non-Māori rangatahi. In 2021, 38% of rangatahi Māori experienced exclusion and disadvantage compared with 14% of Pākehā.

Te Rourou has a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. The Foundation’s goal is to halve the number of rangatahi experiencing exclusion and disadvantage in Aotearoa. OHI Data Navigator is one tool they are using to track those experiences over time.

Read the report here: Taiohi Insights Report 2022

For more information on OHI Data Navigator: Home – OHI Data Navigator


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