About Wave

Our Wave funding is a social innovation model that gives whānau the agency to realise their own aspirations. We release one or two Wave rounds per year and welcome applications from individuals, whānau, community groups and businesses who want to run an initiative or programme that will support them and their hapori.

Wave funding supports with projects that seek to help whānau and hapori to thrive, and particularly to overcome the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. We are especially interested in projects that are designed and driven by the whānau and communities they seek to support. All projects must support our Whānau Ora outcomes, as outlined in the seven pou that guide us. Click here to learn more about the seven pou.

Wave 17

We are excited to introduce Wave 17, another round of funding that will invest in the aspirations of whānau. Applications are open from Monday, 16 January until Friday, 24 February 2023. Our team is here to help you through the process, so get in touch by emailing info@teputahitanga.org or calling 0800 187 689 to learn more. We’ll also be holding roadshows throughout Te Waipounamu, so come along to connect with our team, learn more about Wave funding and get support with your application. Check out the map below to see when we’ll be in your neighbourhood!

Wave 17 roadshows

We will be hitting the road between 23 January and 3 February for a series of roadshows across Te Waipounamu. If you are thinking about applying for Wave 17, we encourage you to come along to connect with our team and learn more about the application process. We will be able to answer your pātai and help you put together a strong application. Use the links below to register for a roadshow near you! We also encourage you to check out our Wave toolbox below for resources that will help you through the process.

Nelson – Whakatū Marae, Monday 23 Jan, 11am-1pm

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Motueka – Te Āwhina Marae, Monday 23 Jan, 5pm-7pm

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Blenheim – Maata Waka ki Te Tauihu, Tuesday 24 Jan, 11am-1pm

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Kaikōura – Kaikōura Memorial Centre, Tuesday 24 Jan, 5pm-7pm

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Christchurch – Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Wednesday 25 Jan, 4pm-6pm OR Thursday 2 Feb, 6pm-8pm

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Hokitika – WestREAP, Thursday 26 Jan, 11am-1pm

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Westport – Te Hā o Kawatiri, Friday 27 Jan, 10am-12pm

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Dunedin – Skillsec, Monday 30 Jan, 11am-1pm

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Invercargill – Ascot Hotel, Monday 30 Jan, 6pm-8pm

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Bluff – Te Rau Aroha Marae, Tuesday 31 Jan, 11am-1pm

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Te Ānau – Fiordland Community House, Tuesday 31 Jan, 6pm-8pm

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Queenstown – ASB Tāhuna, Wednesday 1 Feb, 2pm-4pm

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Timaru – Te Aitarakihi, Friday 3 Feb, 11am-1pm

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Te Pāpori o Whakatere

In colloboration with Tūmaia we deliver Te Pāpori o Whakatere, a development programme for successful Wave funded applicants. The programme aims to grow the Wave kaupapa into thriving initiatives that create sustainable change for whānau and communities. Te Pāpori o Whakatere is run as a series of wānanga where experts provide free legal, human resources, financial and marketing advice. Entrepreneurs also attend these wānanga to share their experiences and insights.

Wave Funded Stories

Reigning Downs

Reigning Downs is filling the gap for kids struggling in the mainstream education system in Murihiku. Jade Ward's equine centre provides bespoke horse riding lessons to rangatahi to build essential skills like resilience and leadership.
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Te Kai a Te Rangatira

Te Kai a Te Rangatira is a kaupapa Māori initiative that is supporting Rakiura Māori to reconnect with their identity, culture and language led by Pip Hakopa (Ngāti Mamoe, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Kahungnunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa).
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Mana Wāhine

Mana Wāhine is a charitable trust who deliver a twelve-week wānanga called Te Ara Wairoa, an empowerment programme focusing on identity, purpose and healthy boundaries for wāhine on the journey towards healing, restoration and transformation.
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Wave 10 kaupapa

Watch these previously funded kaupapa

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is so proud to support these transformative workshops that empower girls and young women to make their way through the world with strength and confidence

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is so proud to support Taurite Tū to deliver a kaupapa Māori exercise and wellbeing programme for kaumātua in Ōtepoti.

Meet the faces behind Pōtiki Poi, a kaupapa that grew from a fundraising initiative on Facebook, into the successful business that it is today.

“With Te Pūtahitanga, you develop long term relationships with like-minded individuals who understand Māori. They help you reach your goals. They encourage and support you to reflect, to grow, to progress.

Jaince Lee - Koha Kai

Enquire about our Wave Fund

He pātai āu? Have you got a question, give us a call, or send us your pātai