Māori focussed projects boosted through Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Grants

Publish Date : 15 Apr 2024
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Community-led projects that will benefit Māori will get a significant financial boost through Auckland Council’s Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Grants programme 2023/2024.

Thirteen projects were allocated a slice of $318,863, with the funding approved by the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 11 April.

Nearly half (six) of these projects will either directly benefit Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau or offer education about Te Ao Māori, and together will receive 50 per cent of the funding. This is a significant increase from the last funding round, where four Māori organisations or organisations delivering strong Māori outcomes were allocated a total of 32 per cent of the funding.

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee says the organisations that will receive funding will have a positive impact on their communities.

“Residents across Auckland will benefit from these grants which have gone to regionally significant groups, services, events and activities.
“The diverse range of organisations which have been allocated funding will help support thriving communities.”

Recipients of this year’s funding round include a community outreach programme working with rangatahi; a spoken word poetry workshop programme specifically developed for Māori and a community connection programme for older Aucklanders with dementia or disability.

Darryl Soljan Auckland Council’s Acting General Manager Connected Communities is thrilled with the high number of applicants for the 2023/2024 round of funding.

“The Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities grant received a total of 95 applications - the highest number since 2015.

“We’re pleased with the high calibre of applications and would like to thank each and every person who gave their time and effort to apply.

“Auckland Council has obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Embracing Te Tiriti as the basis for an intercultural Tāmaki Makaurau contributes to our shared identity and sense of belonging.

“We are delighted to be able to help each of the 13 successful applicants and we are particularly pleased that we are able to help a number of organisations that benefit Māori in Auckland.”

“The large number of applicants we received this funding round highlights the need for grassroots organisations to be able to apply for and access funding through third parties, and Auckland Council is proud to invest in these initiatives that share our commitment and drive for thriving communities across Auckland.”

Find out more

The full eligibility criteria and funding priorities are explained in the Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Grants Guidelines, available on the Auckland Council website.

Key dates

Applications for the next round of the 2022-2032 Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Grants programme are expected to open in November 2024.

The Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Strategy 2023-2024 document is available on the Auckland Council website.

Ngā Hapori Momoho / Thriving Communities Grants 2023/24 recipients



Funding Allocation

NZ Council of Victim Support Groups Inc.

Supporting victims of crime, suicide, and traumatic events


Creative Abilities & Associates Limited

Inclusive Lift: Empowering disabled Aucklanders to access community facilities for recreational and therapeutic well-being


Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Music mentoring and wellbeing programmes for young people in Auckland


Action Education Incorporated

Ngā Toi o Rongo Tāmaki 2024 – a spoken word poetry workshop programme specifically developed for Māori


Connect the Dots

Community connection for older Aucklanders and people with dementia or disability through creative arts projects


Volunteering Auckland

Expanding community outreach and engagement, supporting leaders of volunteering, increasing inclusive volunteering opportunities


Refugees As Survivors NZ Trust

Community Pillars training project, phase 5, 2024


Recreate NZ

Recreate Youth Space accessibility upgrade


Tangata Tiriti - Treaty People Incorporated

Te Tiriti for everyone


Belong Aotearoa

Vibrant Communities - working with existing and emerging leaders in the migrant and former refugee community to build capacity and support a holistic approach to complex issues such as mental health and wellbeing


The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust

Transformative music therapy programmes delivered across Tāmaki Makaurau


Feelings for Life Charitable Trust

Kaiako Hauora Programme Pilot –prioritising the personal well-being of those working with tamariki in schools


Te Karanga Charitable Trust

Community Outreach programme working with rangatahi facing exclusion, isolation and adversity




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