Explore the range of grants, subsidies and health assistance opportunities currently available to you

The dispensation of grants to our tribal members is one of the significant ways we aim to support you gain the skills and arm you with the tools needed to keep striving to reach your full potential. Take a look at what grants are currently available or download the booklet here.

Important note: In order to apply you will need to login to the registry portal here.

If you are not yet registered and would like to apply then you must register. You can do so here

Driver license subsidy

The Grant offers registered Waikato-Tainui iwi members a 50% discount off the full cost of a class 1 Car learners, restricted or full licence. It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215).

To apply please e-mail [email protected] with your fullname and DOB and state Driver License Subsidy.

Kaumaatua Grant

This Grant is available to registered tribal members aged 60 years and over to provide relief and support in meeting aged-related medical costs.

Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Education Grant

Applications are closed.

This grant is available to registered tribal members, residing in NZ and studying at a NZ Tertiary Institution pursuing higher education, whether university, technical institute, a private training entity or waananga.

  • If whaanau want an update on their grant status, you can login to the Online Portal where you will be able to see your current status.
  • Any documentation requests will be via email, so it’s important your details are correct on the Online Portal.

Status Definitions;

  • NEW – we have received your application and its awaiting validation.
  • IN PROGRESS – your application has been validated and requires more information. Details would have been emailed to you on what documentation is required.
  • AWAITING BOARD APPROVAL – your application has been validated and will be tabled at Te Arataura for approval.

Whaanau can call the team on 0800 TAINUI or email [email protected] for more information.

Poukai Grant

As an integral part of Kiingitanga beliefs and customs this particular grant is available (on an annual basis) to all marae that host Poukai. The grant can be used to assist in Poukai expenses. It does not however cover the purchase of fixed assets, wage or salaries.

Taiao Grant

The grant is awarded to projects that align to the Vision and Strategy for Waikato Awa and the objectives set out in the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan (Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao).

Tikanga Ora Reo Ora (TORO) Grant

The grant aims to enable tribal members and marae to develop te reo, tikanga and maatauranga Maaori capabilities by:

  • Developing a strategic plan.
  • Developing and implementing te reo and tikanga Maaori aspirations.
  • To empower tribal practitioners to lead projects and initiatives that meet marae and tribal aspirations.

Sports Grant

The grant aims to support tribal members involved in sports, whether they’re an individual athlete, part of a team or an administrator for a club and/or team (Coach, Manager, Referee or Umpire).

Sports Grant for Organisations

This Sports Grant is available to Organisations whose membership consists of a minimum of 50% of tribal members, who have a strong affiliation to Waikato-Tainui and its Marae and who align with Whakatupuranga 2050; and/or the Kiingitanga, while upholding the visions of maximising our collective strengths to achieve our aspirations.

Business Growth Fund

The Waikato-Tainui Business Support Fund is a pilot fund designed to support our tribal members in business.

In partnership with Poutama Trust, tribal members can apply for up to 25% of their match-funding towards a Poutama Trust Growth Grant.

The Growth Fund is fully administered by Poutama which provides applicants with up to $10,000 in match funding (meaning the business must also provide $10k). If successful, the tribal member will also receive up to 25% of the funding that they must provide from this fund. For example, if a tribal member is approved to receive $10,000 from Poutama Trust, they must provide $10,000– and through the Growth Fund, a tribal member can access $5,000 towards the $10,000 that they must provide. 

To apply for this Fund please visit –