Te Kīwai is a new fund developed in partnership between Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa, designed to support Māori wellbeing through play, active recreation and sport.
Te Kīwai is available to tamariki and rangatahi Māori between 5-18 living in Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rekohu/Wharekauri, and is designed to help remove barriers to participation in sport and recreation. Each tamariki or rangatahi is eligible for up to $300 per year to contribute to:
• Clothes and shoes e.g. uniforms, sneakers, boots
• Equipment e.g. bats, racquets, balls
• Participation costs e.g. membership fees, class fees, club dues
• Transportation e.g. fuel costs, bus tickets
Funding will be distributed in the form of vouchers to a specific store (Rebel Sport), fuel vouchers, or direct transfer to a nominated bank account. If you are requesting vouchers you will need to supply a letter of support from a coach, kura or club to confirm the applicant is an active member in the sport or activity. If you are requesting a direct transfer to a sports club or gym to pay membership fees, you will need to provide an invoice from the club or gym for those fees. Make sure you have these items ready before you start the application process.
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept group applications on behalf of teams, clubs or marae/rūnaka. However, we encourage coaches and clubs to support whānau to submit individual applications on behalf of the tamariki/rangatahi in their whānau.