Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund

Fund closing 30 June 2022

As the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF) enters its final weeks, kaimahi of Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri are working with kaitono around the motu as they deliver support for their whānau.

The purpose of the MCCF was to rapidly mobilise and provide urgent funding for a defined period (30 June 2022) to achieve higher levels of vaccination and community resilience against the impacts of COVID-19.

The MCCF is closing on 30 June and we are not seeking further proposals for funding.

Distributing up to $160m to iwi, Māori and community groups in three phases

The government provided up to $160 million to the MCCF. This funding provided Māori communities across the motu with quick and targeted support in the period to 30 June 2022.

The MCCF complemented the Care in Community approach for the welfare needs of individuals and whānau who contracted COVID-19 and needed to self-isolate.

Administered by Te Puni Kōkiri in coordination with Te Arawhiti, the fund’s focus was to support the efforts of communities (particularly iwi) to mobilise their own approaches and build resilience during the Omicron outbreak.

Streamlined approach

A more streamlined approach was used for phase 3: Omicron, recognising the challenges of Omicron required a more rapid response.

Decision-making was streamlined according to size through the following pathways:

  • up to $200,000 approved at a regional level
  • up to $1 million approved by the relevant chief executive
  • $1 million or more approved by joint Ministers

Cross-agency approach

Funding was available through:

  • Te Arawhiti
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Ministry of Health

Ministerial oversight of fund

The following ministers provided overall oversight of the fund:

  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti
  • Minister for Whānau Ora, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health)
  • Minister for Māori Development

Phase 1 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

   Te Kotahitanga – Maori Music Artists  $275,000  Nationwide
   Ngāti Kahu  $440,740
   Wharekawa Marae Reservation Trust  $27,500
   Manurewa Marae  $300,000
   Ngāti Tamaterā  $75,000
   Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou Ki Hauraki  $265,000
   Waikato - Tainui  $8,000,000
   Raukawa  $608,000
   Maniapoto Māori Trust Board  $487,860
   Ngāti Ranginui  $100,000
   Te Arawa  $4,380,000 15
   Ngāti Tūwharetoa  $2,994,500
   Ngāti Kahungunu  $2,260,000
   Ngā Iwi o Taranaki  $2,651,860 8   
   Ngāruahine  $601,000
   Te Runanga o Ngāti Ruanui  $1,022,000
   Te Ranga Tupua  $2,843,000 8

Phase 2 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

  Te Whanau ā Apanui $586,000 1
  Te Kupenga Hapū $264,752 1
  Te Uri o Tai Hapū $137,950 1
  Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki $363,300 1
  Ngāti Raukawa $147,000 1
  Ngāti Whare $750,000 1
  Te Pūtahi-Nui-o-Rehua Charitable Trust $179,387 1
  Ngāti Pahaurewa $350,301 1
  Te Rūnanga o Te Whanau $262,000 1
  Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $2,000,000 1
  Te Ranga Tupua $1,262,226 8
  Te Arawa Ruku Ora $800,000 1
  Ngā Iwi o Taranaki $2,010,646 8
  Te Arawa Whānau Ora Trust $980,000 1
  Taraia Marae $306,354 1
  Ngāti Tūwharetoa $1,238,860 1
  Maniapoto Māori Trust Board $1,500,000 1


Phase 3 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

  Te Paatu ki Kauhanga Trust Board $161,412 1
  Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki $191,015 1