What is Kā Manukura o Te Reo?

Kā Manukura o te Reo is a fund established by Kotahi Mano Kāika (KMK) to provide intermediate to advanced Kāi Tahu learners and speakers of te reo with targeted financial assistance to further develop their Māori language proficiency.

Applicants are required to complete a te reo plan demonstrating both short and long term commitment towards achieving their personal language goals.

KMOTR fund supports individuals only. Funding for activities such as one-off wānaka reo will not be supported.

How much is available?

Participants can apply for up to $5,000. However, less may be awarded subject to the number of suitable applicants for each deadline.

KMOTR applicants must:
  • be registered with the Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa Unit
  • be involved within a Kāi Tahu community and be 100% committed to personal language development
  • be over the age of 18 years. This restriction may be relaxed in the case of applicants currently enrolled in a wharekura or attending a secondary school. Permission will need to be given by a parent or guardian.


First time applicants are expected to attend Kura Reo Kāi Tahu and Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu before being eligible for funding for other te reo courses / events.

The fund will give preference to:

  • participants who are committed to the kaupapa of Kotahi Mano Kāika.

  • individuals residing in Te Waipounamu

  • individuals who are active within their Kāi Tahu communities

  • individuals who have demonstrated an active commitment to further developing their proficiency in te reo and are actively practicing intergenerational transmission of te reo.

Types of activities that will not be funded:

  • Minor te reo papers within a generic degree i.e. must be intensive language programmes

  • Capital works including laptops, tablets, cell phones

  • Salary, wages

  • Retrospective funding

  • Koha

  • Kia Kūrapa registration fee or travel

  • Any overseas travel

Types of activities that will be funded:

  • Course fees for intensive Māori language programmes e.g. Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori, Te Māhuri papers.

  • Immersion programmes such as Immersion Teaching training.

  • Kura Reo registration and travel costs only

  • Travel / accommodation costs associated with attending te reo events / wānaka

  • Kura Reo Kāi Tahu registration costs, transport and travel.

Funding Rounds

There are 3 funding rounds each year for all KMK funds.  These dates will fall on the last Friday of each of the following months: February, June, October.

The dates for 2019/20 funding year are as follows:

  • 18 Oct 2019

  • 14 Feb 2020

  • 12 June 2020

Application forms must be received by the KMK Staff by 5pm on each of these dates.

Application Decision Process

  • Applications are sent to the KMK Language Advisor.

  • All applications will be considered by the KMK Funding Committee. Written notification of the decision of the KMK funding Committee will be provided to the applicant within 20 working days after the funding round closes.

  • The decision of the KMK Funding Committee is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Need help?

If you have any questions or require further information – please contact:
Darren Solomon, KMK Advisor

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Full Name
Full Name
Registered with the Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa Unit *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Kā Manukura o Te Reo study / programme details
Information about your proposed Kā Manukura o te Reo study programme:
Name & contact details
Name & contact details
Name & contact details
Please indicate your personal goals, aims, objectives for improving and developing your reo Māori.
Short Term 12 Month Goals
Long Term 5 Year Goals
Please provide a budget for Kā Manukura o te Reo fund:
Please provide a budget and sources of other funding
Bank Details
Please enter the account details any payment would be deposited into:
Applicant agreement
The following declaration must be signed by people aged 18 years or over.
1. I will not expend funds for any purpose other than those approved by the KMK Funding Committee unless written approval for a change of purpose is obtained in advance.
2. I will demonstrate accountability for funds by fulfilling any reporting requirements, reporting on expenditure of funds as required, including providing copies of all receipts for costs outlined in the project application.
3. I will return any unused funds at the completion of the project.
4. I agree to participate in any Iwi accountability meetings, displays or events, subject to reasonable notice being given.
5. I accept the KMK Funding Committee’s right to use, for publicity purposes, all material not identified as confidential by the applicant.
6. I will not transfer, or otherwise dispose of any rights, benefits, obligations or liabilities set out in this project application without the prior written consent of the Assessment Committee.
7. I will ensure that information relating to the expenditure of KMK funding will be made available for inspection if requested by the KMK Funding Committee and will allow an audit on the use of the funds should the KMK Funding Committee consider it necessary.
8. I accept any decision made by the KMK Funding Committee is final and binding and accept that no reasons for such decision will be given, nor will any correspondence be entered into.
9. All information provided in this application is, to the best of my knowledge, true and correct.
10. If requested I will provide further information in relation to this application.
11. We have read the above conditions of the Applicant Agreement and undertake to abide by the conditions of this agreement.
I acknowledge that the above information is true and correct *