New Round of Whānau Ora Funding Opens

New Round of Whānau Ora Funding Opens

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency, is calling for applications to invest in whānau capability and wellbeing.

Local groups focusing on strengthening whānauwill benefit from a new round of Whānau Ora funding.  Successful applicants will need to demonstrate that they are focused on collective needs and committed to whānau being in control of their own outcomes.  Projects need to be ready to go, regionally focused and able to demonstrate that they are making a difference.


“Te Pūtahitanga invests in a wide variety of activities that build sustainable whānau capability,” says Board Chair, Norm Dewes.  


“We have funded a series of whānau enterprises from a hāpu-led market garden, through to a project designed to keep rangatahi achieving at school for longer, and an entrepreneurial project producing beautiful children’s books in te reo Maori.”


Te Pūtahitanga was launched in July 2014 and is a limited partnership between the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu. An independent governance board is responsible for the investment strategy and all selected projects must report in an outcomes driven approach how they are enabling whānau to transform.


“Te Pūtahitanga supports flax roots innovation and whānau writing their own futures,” says Mr Dewes. 

“Our criteria requires local solutions, long-term thinking, innovation and importantly a commitment to whānau being at the centre of all decisions.  We don’t replicate funding that comes from government to the social and health sector. Rather we are interested in innovative and entrepreneurial ideas that will enable whānau to grow strong and well.”


It is an open application process so those applicants who have submitted previously to Te Pūtahitanga will be eligible to submit again as long as they meet the criteria for the new round.  The criteria is online as of Monday 30 November 2015.


Mr Dewes encourages anyone interested in the funding round to take a look at the Te Putahitanga website and read about projects already successfully funded.



The opening for ORA applications coincides with the launch of a revamped website and trailer promoting Te Pūtahitanga.

It also provides an opportunity to introduce a new team led by Helen Leahy in an interim role as Chief Executive.  Maania Farrar is the Commissioning Manager, with three contract advisors: Cazna Luke (Christchurch-Southern);  Te Ra Morris (Te Tau Ihu) and Gina-Lee Duncan (Kawatiri/Buller).   The agency has rolled out 24 Whānau Ora navigators across Te Waipounamu, coordinated by Maire Kipa.  Te Pūtahitanga also includes amongst its team an Innovation Director (Haydon Richards); policy advisor (Alice Matheson) and Juli Tyler as Senior Administrator.


For further information please contact:

Interim CEO Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Helen Leahy

Tel: 021 881 031


Chair of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Norm Dewes

Tel: 021 281 7749   

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