What is Whānau Reo Fund?

Whānau Reo is a fund established by Kotahi Mano Kāika (KMK) to provide financial assistance for those whānau actively raising tamariki using te reo māori within the home as a natural, everyday language . This fund can assist Kāi Tahu families to attend the following events:

  • Kotahi Mano Kāika whānau haereka

  • Kura Reo Kāi Tahu

  • Papatipu Rūnaka whānau reo initiatives in Te Waipounamu

  • All applicants need to complete a te reo plan demonstrating both short and long term commitment towards achieving their whānau language goals.

Who can apply?

Whānau Reo fund applicants must:
  • be registered with the Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa Unit
  • be able to demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of reo Māori within the whānau.
Priority will be given to those whānau who are committed to, and practicing, intergenerational language use within the home.

There is no funding assistance available to whānau who are planning on attending Kia Kūrapa wānaka, as this is an event focused on beginners.

How much is available?

Applicants can apply for up to $2000 per whānau, per year.  However, less may be awarded subject to the number of suitable applicants for each deadline.  Preference will be given to participants who are committed to the kaupapa of Kotahi Mano Kāika.

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 *
Information about the te reo based wānaka or event you wish to attend
Please indicate the reo proficiency of the individual members within your whānau
Please indicate your whānau language goals and how you intend to achieve them.
Please indicate your whānau language goals and how you intend to achieve them.
Please detail the financial assistance you require
Bank Details
Please enter the account details any payment would be deposited into:
The following declaration must be made 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 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 fund application without the prior written consent of the KMK Funding Committee.
7. I will ensure that information relating to the expenditure of KMK funds 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 *