January 20, 2021
Kapiti fund gives leg up for Maori enterprise
Kāpiti Coast District Council has opened applications for the latest round of its Māori Economic Development Fund to help whānau, hapū, iwi and mātāwaka in Kāpiti develop a business or social enterprise.
Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti chair Rupene Waaka says $60,000 is available for projects that align to the economic development strategy developed by Te Whakaminenga and the council.
He says mana whenua are contributing the Kāpiti’s economic, environmental, social and cultural development.
Since it was established in 2013 the fund has helped entities such as the Māoriland Film Festival, Ōtaki Manuka Growers Ltd, and Kāpiti Island Nature Tours.
In 2018 it supported the Mainland Charitable Trust’s plans for Toi Matarau Gallery which is now a permanent fixture of the Māoriland Hub in Otaki.
The gallery’s kaitiaki toi, Maakarita Paku, says it focuses on artists from the A.R.T. Confederation – the collective peoples of Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.
Information in the grants is at: www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/maori-ed-grant
Applications close 5 pm, 5 February 2021.
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