Māori communities Covid-19 fund

Funding for groups whose work increases vaccination rates and builds resilient communities

The Māori communities Covid-19 fund is distributing $120m directly to iwi, Māori and community groups, in two phases. To register your interest in phase 2 funding through Te Arawhiti, email our team

Phase 1 funding: Increasing vaccination rates

In phase 1, the fund distributed $60 million to groups providing vaccination services to whānau.

The phase 1 funding enabled groups to do work regionally and locally, helping and encouraging whānau to use vaccination services.

This funding was for work that runs alongside existing vaccination programmes and increases vaccination rates.

The fund gave priority to work in places where Māori vaccination rates are low.

Applications for phase 1 funding are closed.

Phase 2 funding: Building resilient communities

In phase 2, the fund will support groups working to build resilience to Covid-19 in their communities.

The phase 2 funding will enable groups to build resilient communities by:

  • providing information and resources about the traffic light system
  • leading local and collaborative approaches to minimising the effects of Covid-19

The fund will release phase 2 criteria and open applications shortly.

Funded work

Phase 2 funding will focus on increasing Māori resilience by:

  • supporting social cohesion
  • ensuring access to information and resources
  • supporting locally led approaches to managing local priorities

The $204.1m care in the community fund will support the health and welfare of self-isolating communities and whānau. The Māori communities Covid-19 fund will not fund work that could be funded by care in the community.

How to get funding

You can get funding through:

  • Te Arawhiti
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Ministry of Health

Ask for funding through your preferred agency or department. There is no wrong door when seeking this funding.

To register your group’s interest now in applying for phase 2 funding through Te Arawhiti when applications open, email our team

Ministerial oversight of fund

A ministerial oversight group oversees the fund.

The group is made up of the:

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

Ministers want funds to be distributed as quickly as possible.

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 $1,987,860
  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


  $28,831,460 43