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Criteria and application form for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund


Proposals are sought for specific events which meet the following criteria:

  • the theme is the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • the event promotes nation building and community building;
  • it encourages wide community participation and achievement;
  • it promotes a cultural experience or event consistent with the above; and,
  • the event takes place on or near Waitangi Day (6 February 2017), or days significant to the signing of the Treaty in a particular community or rohe (for example, the date on which an iwi signed the Treaty or Final Deed of Settlement).

How to apply


Applications are normally called for in the middle of each year. You’ll find closing date details on this website and in regional newspapers.

Applications are now closed

Applications for the 2017 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund closed on Monday 3 October 2016.

Projects run in partnership between local authorities, community groups and tangata whenua are particularly encouraged.

Make sure you complete every section of the form and include:

  • one document proving entity status, such as a current constitution or trust deed and certificate of incorporation, or a letter from your District Māori Council / appropriate iwi authority, or a copy of a Māori Land Court Order, or bank account details, or proof of organisational structure and/or copies of minutes of meetings
  • a detailed description of your event
  • a proposed budget for your event
  • at least two current letters of support that are specific to the event.


To find out more call Kartini Havell on (04) 499-4229 or email

Updated on 7th October 2016