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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 'project objectives' section is one of the most important parts of the application. In order to accurately assess your application, the committee needs to be able to understand the objectives of your project and how these relate to the key objectives of the committee.

The 'project plan & budget' should detail the steps that you intend to undertake with costs throughout the implementation of the project in order to enable the group to clearly understand what is being proposed.

For projects that are likely to be over $50,000 you can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to undertake a feasibility study. This is to ensure that your project is scoped out appropriately before a full application is submitted to the group for consideration.

Please Note

The following application form is for those applying for a Tūwharetoa Hosted Event, Wānanga, Cultural Significant Trip and all Environmental projects.

A separate application form is available for people wishing to apply for an education, health & wellbeing grant.

Key Objectives

The two key objectives of the group that relate specifically to project funding are:

  1. To facilitate environmental/cultural projects and scientific studies involving waterways influenced by the TPD and adjacent lands.

    Explanation: projects or studies that contribute to a better understanding of or enhance an aspect of the environment and/or culture that is of significance to Ngāti Tūwharetoa and is in respect to waterways of the TPD and/or adjacent land.
  2. To undertake activities and promote projects to support the kaitiaki role of Ngāti Tūwharetoa generally.

    Explanation: projects that facilitate the exercising of kaitiakitanga by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, for example providing environmental education and wānanga, recording and promoting cultural heritage, improving the understanding of environmental legislation, developing resources to monitor and report on the environment.
Funding Criteria
  1. Applicant must be of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent and registered with the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
  2. The applicant must clearly demonstrate how the proposal will contribute to achieving the key objective of the group.
  3. The criteria for those applying for 'culturally significant trips' is as follows:
    • If the application is submitted by a school, it must be a school within the Tūwharetoa rohe.
    • Schools can only apply once in a two year period.
    • Applicant must be able to clearly demonstrate how this trip will grow the understanding of rangatahi about being Tūwharetoa.
    • Maximum koha amount of $500.00 per Tūwharetoa student and Kaumātua ($10,000 cap per trip).
  4. The criteria for those applying for 'wānanga' is as follows:
    • Must be held at a Tūwharetoa marae (certain circumstances may apply - to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
    • Catering and marae hireage costs capped at $3,000 (Koha to the Marae will be paid directly to the Marae).
    • Applications are assessed on their merit.
    • Do not cover project management costs.
    • Funding over and above the cap may be given to those wānanga which are hapū or iwi based (amount will vary depending on numbers and kaupapa).
    • Applicants must provide financial contributions towards the wānanga.
  5. The criteria for those applying for 'Tūwharetoa Hosted Events' is as follows:
    • Applications are assessed on their merit.
    • The committee will look at costs outlined in the budget and give a koha towards these.
    • Do not cover project management costs.
    • Do not cover team uniforms.
  6. The criteria for those applying for 'Rangatahi Programs' is as follows:
    • The Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Genesis Energy Committee will have a dedicated budget line for all Rangatahi applications.
    • Your program must demonstrate how it drives capacity within our Rangatahi.
  7. The criteria for those applying for 'Environmental Projects, Waahi Tapu and Oral History Projects' is as follows:
    • Applications must provide a detailed plan and budget outlining step by step the process which will be undertaken and costs.
    • Applications must have the relevant Hapū, Landowners, Council permissions to undertake the mahi. Proof of this is required.
    • Applications must outline how their project aligns to the Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Genesis Energy Committee objectives.
    • Environmental Projects need to consider Health & Safety (Please include your Health & Safety plan, either within the Project Plan or as separate supporting documentation).
    • There will be no set limit for wages, and project requiring this paid must articulate what mahi will be undertaken. Please remember this is not full-time work, and funding is limited. The amount payable will be at the discretion of the committee.
    • All projects funded will be required to set site visit dates before, during and after the project.
    • Storing of equipment must be at a Marae and a letter from the Marae is required and must be included in Marae insurance.
    • Applications will be assessed on their merit.
    • Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the project will be sustained once completed.
  8. New criteria Marae Support (Infrastructure)
    • Marae Infrastructure - Must have an environmental focus/impact i.e. (Water issues, Power issues, Sewerage issue).
    • Will be assessed on a year by year, case-by-case basis.
    • You must supply quotes/invoices and all letters of support/minutes from Landowners, Marae, Hapū.
    • If the project is more than the allocated amount, the Marae must provide the committee assurances and proof that they
    • have secured the required amount for the project to go ahead.
    • The Committee may decide to split funding over various Marae or priorities Marae depending on the urgency of the project.
  9. 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).
  10. Preference will be given to those proposals that have the support of other parties/organisations.
  11. Assurances relating to health and safety compliance are required as part of the application. The Committee may ask for supporting information in relation to such assurances.
  12. 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.
  13. The committee retains the right to withdraw any funding if agreed project time frames have not been met and/or there has been no communication between the parties.


  1. Minutes from trustee and/or hapū meeting must accompany application form with your letter of support from Hapū/Marae/Trust.

The committee will not accept and decline:

  1. Applications that are incomplete or require further information.
  2. Projects that will result in direct commercial profits or that may be more appropriately funded from other sources.
  3. Projects that have been completed prior to applying for funding.

The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee meet every 2 months to consider applications.

Ngati Tuwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee Group Meeting Dates

Final Applications Due

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

Monday 04 September 2023

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Monday 13 November 2023

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Monday 22 January 2024

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Monday 11 March 2024

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Monday 29 April 2024

Wednesday 08 May 2024

Monday 01 July 2024

Wednesday 10 July 2024

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Applicants must be of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent and registered with the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. If you know your registration number please enter it below.

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What are the Account details of your organisation/rōpu?


Please describe why you want to do the project

Please provide a description and physical address of the project location & attach a map if possible.

Refer to cover sheet for committee objectives.

Please list names and roles


Note: It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to acquire any consents necessary to undertake works associated with this project, including council consent and permission from neighbouring properties.

Detail what groups and how they will benefit from this proposal

Please attach supporting documentation below if required
Please attach any other additional information to support this application.

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Please ensure you provide an accurate description of the task and funding you are requesting below i.e Marae Koha for 3 Nights @ $500 a day / Catering for 60 @ $20 per head.




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All enquiries to be directed to:
Project Coordinator - Alex Good
Phone: +64 7 386 8832
Email: alex@tuwharetoa.co.nz
Online: www.tuwharetoa.co.nz

Two people from your organisation must complete this section.

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