FAQ's - Te Mātāwai Investment Round


1. What does Investment mean? Is it the same as funding?
Investment is the same as Funding. We use the word investment because we are investing in the revitalisation of the language.


2. Can I register as an individual or do I need to be an organisation?
You can register as an individual, as a business, as an organisation, as a whānau, or any trusts (charitable, land, marae, iwi, whānau).

3. Do I need to be GST registered?
All requests more than $60,000 will require GST registration.

Contact the IRD(external link) for full details about GST.


4. Why do I have to register?
Registration is the first step in accessing our investment It is an important step in enabling us to verify all of your contact details.


5. What details are needed to register?

Legal name, home address, phone number, email address, GST status, proof of identity, iwi affiliation, two written references.

Organisation: Organisation name, business address, phone number, email address, GST status, organisation structure (Limited Liability Company, Trust or Incorporated Society, Partnership, Other), primary contact person details, iwi affiliation, two written references.

6. What do I do if I miss the deadline for registrations?

Sorry, unfortunately if you miss the registration deadline of 31 January 2023, you will not be able to submit an application for the 2023 Investment Round.

The registration process for the following year will open on 1 December 2023.

7. How much money can I apply for?

There is no limitation on the amount of money you can apply for. Please keep in mind that each Kāhui have their own Investment threshold. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the respective Kāhui Investment Plan for your rohe:

Te Tai Tokerau
Te Arawa
Te Tai Rāwhiti
Te Tai Hau-ā-uru
Te Waipounamu
Te Reo Tukutuku

8. Te Mātāuru, Te Mātāpuna, Kaitono, Pae Motuhake, Kāhui, Poari Matua, Haumitanga
I have seen these terms on your website - but what do they mean?

Te Mātāuru – The Investments Team

Te Mātāpuna – The online portal where your registration and application will be submitted
Kaitono – Applicants who apply for investment
Kāhui – The 7 regional clusters that contain iwi listed in the Māori Language Act 2016, and 1 national cluster that include the four sectors which are Education, Community, Māori Media and Urban-Māori.
Pae Motuhake – The Regional Boards of each Kāhui
Poari Mātua – The Te Mātāwai Board
Haumitanga – Investment

9. Does my application need to be in te reo Maōri? Will I be penalised if it is not in the reo?
Applications to Te Arawa must be in te reo Māori. Applications not received in te reo Māori will not be considered.


Applications to Mātaatua must be in te reo Māori if applying for $60,000 or more. Anything below $60,000 can be submitted in te reo Māori or English.


All other applications can be submitted in te reo Māori and/or English.

10. Why does the process take so long?
Our investment process is an honest and fair process that enables equal opportunity for all kāinga, hapori and iwi to apply. There are five steps to the process and each step has been allocated a reasonable time to allow Te Mātāwai staff, Pae Motuhake and Board members to do due diligence for all applicants.

The steps are outlined below:
Step 1: Registrations               1 December 2022 - 31 January 2023 
Step 2: Applications                 1 January 2023 – 28 February 2023 
Step 3: Assessments               1 March 2023 – 30 April 2023 
Step 4: Approvals                     May 2023 
Step 5: Notifications                                May - June 2023 
Step 6: Projects Begin             1 July 2023 

11. There used to be a lot of different times we could apply – has this changed?
In the past we had multiple funding rounds. There is now a single integrated investment round. All applications need to be submitted by 28 February 2023.

12. Where can I get more information?
our website tematawai.maori.nz/investment(external link)
our podcast episodes 
- Episode 002 Te Mātāuru Part 1(external link) Investment Programme 
- Episode 006 Te Mātāuru Part 2(external link) Investment Round 
Follow us on Social Media - Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok 

13. Who can I contact if I have more questions or need help with my registration or application?

You can contact Te Mātāuru, our Investment Team, at support@tematawai.maori.nz