Four community groups were supported with grants totalling $178,000 in the latest distribution round from Trust Tairāwhiti.

Hikurangi Enterprises Limited, a not-for-profit whānau housing initiative, was approved $113,000 to go towards lease costs, enabling them to extend their existing site and increase manufacturing capacity.

Their Whare Ora Build project provides locally-built, healthy and affordable housing solutions to whānau, with more than 30 homes built over a one-year period.

The houses are sold at close to the cost-of-building price, significantly reducing barriers for low-income whānau in securing a home.

Hikurangi Enterprises plans to double production at their existing site and develop an additional site at Ruatorea.


Other funding recipients this month include:

  • Hinenu Whanui Charitable Trust received $30,000 to towards the Wai to Muriwai pilot project, an initiative to provide households in Muriwai with close access to free, potable water.
  • The Tokomaru Bay Heritage Trust was granted $25,000 to engage a fundraising professional to help access further funds for the rebuild of the Tokomaru Bay Wharf.
  • Rangatira Marae received $10,000, originally towards assessing the stop bank conditions pre-Gabrielle. This has since been repurposed as the marae addresses its marae and flood recovery plans.


Each of the projects and initiatives align with the Trust’s wellbeing framework, He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora, and will lead to meaningful outcomes for Tairāwhiti communities.

The next funding round for applications under $10,000 closes on 19 May 2023 and over $10,000 closes 6 June 2023. 

For more information on past distributions, the funding application toolkit and FAQs, visit Apply for fundung.