Over recent years the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board on behalf of Ngāti Tūwharetoa has negotiated a number of initiatives to support Ngāti Tūwharetoa endeavours.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Mercury Development Group

In October 2002 the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mighty River Power Development group was established as a result of a partnership agreement between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Mighty River Power. In 2016 Mighty River Power became Mercury Energy and the group is now referred to as the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mercury Development Group.The Development Group provides support for cultural, educational and sporting initiatives.

Applications can be made throughout the year. For due dates please click here
Applying online? Applications will only be accepted if all supporting documentation is attached.



For LEADERSHIP & SPORTS initiatives applicants must provide:
  • A verified bank deposit slip or statement.
  • Sports Representation: Confirmation from the national body.
  • Leadership: Confirmation of enrolment and course fees from their education provider.
  • A letter of support from Hapu and/or other organisations.
For PROJECT initiatives applicants must provide:
  • A legal document verifying the organisation details and status (if applicable).
  • A verified bank deposit slip or statement.
  • A letter of support from Hapu.
  • Location map (if applicable)
  • Written permission from landowner (if applicable).
  • Quotes for the Project Budget.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee

In 2000 an agreement was signed with Genesis Energy to mitigate the ongoing impacts of the Tongariro Power Scheme on Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee was established as a result of this agreement. The Committee provides support for cultural, educational, health, and environmental initiatives.

Applications can be made throughout the year. For due dates please click here
Applying online? Applications will only be accepted if all supporting documentation is attached.



For EDUCATION, HEALTH & WELLBEING initiatives applicants must provide:
  • A verified bank deposit slip or statement.
  • Sports Representation: Confirmation from the national body.
  • Leadership: Confirmation of enrolment and course fees from their education provider.
  • A letter of support from Marae.
For PROJECT initiatives applicants must provide:
  • A legal document verifying the organisation details and status (if applicable).
  • A verified bank deposit slip or statement.
  • A letter and minutes of a meeting confirming the support of the Marae, Hapu and/or Trust.
  • Location map (if applicable)
  • Written permission from landowner (if applicable).
  • Quotes for the Project Budget.