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What is Kaupapa Atawhai?

Kaupapa Atawhai is a scheme to provide one-off, quick response financial assistance to our most vulnerable whānau who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the government restrictions. Our most vulnerable include:

  • Kaumātua
  • People who are unwell
  • People who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Kaupapa Atawhai is a joint project between:

  • Ngāti Koata Trust
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
  • Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust
  • Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust (NRAIT)
  • Wakatū Incorporation

Many of us are related by whakapapa and have connections to more than one hapū and iwi. We wanted to come together to provide a quick response grant to provide some immediate assistance to our most vulnerable whānau who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting government restrictions – such as our kaumātua, those who are unwell, and those who may have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Kaupapa Atawhai is on top on what we have already been doing as individual iwi and organisations.

Kaupapa Atawhai is intended to provide some immediate financial assistance to vulnerable whānau until they can access other government and social agency support – it is not intended as ongoing support.

How can I apply for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

The Kaupapa Atawhai grant is an online application only.

Can I apply for the Kaupapa Atawhai grant on behalf of someone else?

Because of the level of detail we need for the application process, in most cases, the person themselves will need to apply for the Kaupapa Atawhai grant.However, you can assist someone else apply for the grant online.

Who can apply for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

To apply for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant you must be registered, as at 26 March 2020, with at least one of the following:

What are the criteria to receive a Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

We are assessing each Kaupapa Atawhai application on a case-by-case basis, but broadly speaking we are looking to support those in greatest need who have been impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

When will I hear back?

The Kaupapa Atawhai grant is a fast turnaround grant – we aim to get back to you in within five to seven working days.

Can I apply for the Kaupapa Atawhai grant even if I have already received support from my iwi entity or organisation?

Yes, you can apply for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant if you already received support from your iwi entity or organisation. However, this will be taken into account when making our assessment.

Will everyone who applies for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant get one?

No. This is a limited fund, and is aimed at assisting the most vulnerable. If we are not able to support you with a Kaupapa Atawhai grant, we will suggest other ways that you may be able to access support.

How much is the Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

The Kaupapa Atawhai grant is a one-off payment of up to $400.

My situation means that I need more financial assistance than $400 – can you help?

The Kaupapa Atawhai grant is intended to provide some immediate assistance to vulnerable whānau until they can access other government and social agency support – it is not intended as ongoing support or to provide full solutions in every situation. We will do our best to connect you with other government and social agency support.

My situation means that I need other support – such as home help, shopping or getting to the doctor.

We will do our best to connect you with whānau support, or with other government and social agency support to help you with other needs.

How will the grant be paid?

In most cases, theKaupapa Atawhai grant will be paid directly into the bank account of the person who applied. Once the decision has been be made, we will aim to pay the grant into your bank account within five to seven working days.

Do I have to be living in New Zealand to get the Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

The Kaupapa Atawhai grant is aimed at people living in New Zealand.

I am not a registered member of the participating iwi entities or organisations, can I still apply for a Kaupapa Atawhai grant?

No. The Kaupapa Atawhai grant has been funded by the participating iwi and hapū entities and organisations specifically to support their registered members.

Use of personal information

In order to assess and process applications for the Kaupapa Atawhai grant, and to help provide you with support from other agencies, we need your permission to the release of, and use of, your personal information to our kaimahi and those we partner with, including other other iwi, government organisations and social agencies.

We'll use the information you give us to make our decisions about the Kaupapa Atawhai grant, to help provide you with other support, and also to assist us with our communications, including updating our databases, and our reporting.

We will ask for your consent as part of the application process. If consent is not granted, we cannot assess and process your application. 

Apply for the Kaupapa Atawhai grant 

Apply online here

 

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