What is RUIA?

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea.

RUIA is a unique partnership between two South Island organisations and government, who have created a contestable fund to support rangatahi wellbeing, intergenerational leadership, succession planning and cultural development.

The three parties are:

  • Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
  • Rātā Foundation, and
  • Ministry for Youth Development.

We have aligned our respective funding criteria and guiding strategies and have agreed to seven universal principles (Pou) to be able to respond to rangatahi aspirations and development in Te Waipounamu.

These Pou are:

  • Whānau Ora – wellbeing within the context of the whānau
  • Te Ao Māori – culture and identity
  • Mana-Tangata – Leadership and self-determination
  • Wānanga – Learning, connectivity, participating
  • Te Ao Tūroa – Mahinga Kai, Natural Environment and Sustainability
  • Auahatanga – Innovation and Enterprise
  • Te Pūtake – Strengthening capability and responsiveness.

For more information, download the info sheet or email RUIA@teputahitanga.org

Enquire about our Ruia fund

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