After a lengthy consultation period between Genesis Energy and Ngāti Tūwharetoa,
in 2000 the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board (on behalf of nga hapū o Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and
Genesis Energy signed an agreement to mitigate the on-going impacts of the Tongariro Power Scheme on Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
An outcome of this agreement is the establishment of Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Genesis Energy Committee.
The primary purpose of the committee is to distribute the mitigation funds on behalf of Ngāti Tūwharetoa as per the objectives set out below.
The key objective of the group that relates specifically to education, health & wellbeing is:
- To promote projects to facilitate the education, health and well-being of Ngāti Tūwharetoa youth.
Explanation: to facilitate educational development of Ngāti Tūwharetoa (especially Tūwharetoa youth) and
promote their health and well-being, including educational, sports and recreational activities.
The outcomes of these initiatives shall be communicated to wider Ngāti Tūwharetoa where applicable.
- Applicant must be of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent and registered with the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
- The applicant must clearly demonstrate how the proposal will contribute to achieving the key objective of the group.
Applicants for 'education assistance' must demonstrate that their proposal will lead to a tertiary qualification
in areas related to natural resource management, planning and/or environmental sciences.
Applicants for 'education assistance - Growing Tūwharetoa at Home' must demonstrate their commitment
to their marae/hapū/Tūwharetoa (500 words minimum) and how their proposal will directly benefit them and
therefore marae/hapū/Tūwharetoa (500 words minimum). This MUST be verified by the marae by a signed letter of support.
- The committee only consider funding course fees for 'education assistance' applications which is paid directly to the provider.
The criteria for those applying for 'sporting assistance' is as follows:
Preference will be given to those applications that have wide benefit and clearly show how the outcomes
will be communicated to Ngāti Tūwharetoa at hapū and/or iwi level (proposals at whānau level will also be considered).
Only those selected to represent New Zealand at an international and/or national competition
will be considered (written confirmation from the national body is required).
- Teams seeking support must clearly demonstrate how they are utilising Tūwharetoatanga
If successful, the applicant will be required to provide written feedback to the committee on the outcome of
their proposal and if required a breakdown of the budget.
The applicant will also be asked to report back to the committee at a suitable time.
- The committee retains the right to withdraw any funding if there has been no communication between the parties.
The committee will not accept:
- Applications that are incomplete or require further information.
- Applications that may be more appropriately funded from other sources
- Funding requested for items such as computers, text books or other course related costs, or sporting uniform costs.
- Projects that have been completed prior to applying for funding.