About Wave

Our Wave funding is a social innovation model that gives whānau the agency to realise their own aspirations. We release 1-2 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 .

We have refreshed the scope of what we fund through our Wave funding. For whānau, community groups, and establishing organisations this means:

  • Projects that seek to help whānau and hapori  thrive post-COVID-19
  • Projects that seek to support our Whānau Ora outcomes
  • Projects that are determined, designed and driven by the whānau and communities they seek to support

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

Te Pātaka in Te Tau Ihu has been supporting whānau in need for over a year

In the months since the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, Te Pātaka received over 1650 referrals, it has supported 1423 whānau, which represents around 4,498 individuals and it now has 74 referral agencies.
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Whare Manaaki is a kaupapa Māori organisation operating on the West Coast supporting whānau and parents

Whare Manaaki has become a hub where whānau of all backgrounds can seek support raising their tamariki with a sense of ownership and validation of their own identity. “It’s a place for everybody - Māori and non-Māori," says creator Eli.
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Tikanga is at the heart of Tū Pono: Mana Tangata

Tū Pono: Mana Tangata is a kaupapa that operates through wānanga and programmes developed to provide advocacy and to raise awareness of domestic violence, suicide and sexual abuse. Wānanga
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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

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