Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund

Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund extended to $160 million

The government has added a further $40.05 million to the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF). This funding will provide whānau in regions around the motu with quick and targeted support in the period to 30 June 2022.

The MCCF complements the Care in Community approach for the welfare needs of individuals and whānau who contract COVID-19 and need to self-isolate.

Administered by Te Puni Kōkiri in coordination with Te Arawhiti, the fund’s focus is to support the efforts of communities (particularly iwi) to mobilise their own approaches and build resilience during the Omicron outbreak.

Distributing $160m to iwi, Māori and community groups in three phases

In phase 1, the fund distributed $72.08 million among 85 contracts to increase Māori vaccination rates.

There is $87 million available to support phase 2 for community resilience and preparedness, and phase 3: Omicron.

Streamlined approach

A streamlined approach enables Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri to fund iwi and Māori providers already engaging with vulnerable Māori to help get them through Omicron.

Recognising the challenges of Omicron requires a rapid response. The $40.05 million of funding for phase 3: Omicron will be allocated across regions based on the level of vulnerability, vaccination rates, the Māori population and deprivation, and other COVID-19 related investment.

These allocations will enable equitable distribution of funds across the country, while also providing for decision-making to be streamlined according to size through the following pathways:

  • up to $200,000 will be approved at a regional level
  • up to $1 million will be approved by the relevant chief executive
  • $1 million or more will be approved by joint Ministers

This approach will enable urgent support for immediate local solutions so regionally led decision-making can target the people and places most in need.

Funding criteria

While phase 3: Omicron will use the same broad criteria as phase 2, the focus for funding is updated to support the current needs and objectives of applicants, while continuing to complement support through the Care in Community (CiC) to:

  • facilitate access to CiC supports
  • support those needing to self-isolate and not eligible for CiC
  • provide extra support with self-isolation to what CiC delivers
  • provide continuity of care either side of self-isolation, including support to engage with Whānau Ora and health providers
  • support those voluntarily self-isolating due to vulnerability

More detail regarding the funding criteria for phase 3: Omicron is available from Te Arawhiti by emailing iwiresponseplan@tearawhiti.govt.nz

Funding will also complement activity being delivered through other agencies or funds, including Whānau Ora and the whole-of-government welfare response.

The fund takes into account vulnerabilities in communities that would benefit from proposals, including the needs of people:

  • not yet vaccinated
  • living in remote areas
  • in poverty
  • without permanent housing
  • unemployed and not in education or training
  • needing support for mental health conditions and addictions

The fund is not for:

  • activities already funded by other government agencies
  • activities already funded as part of the government response to COVID-19
  • ordinary operating costs, like staff costs
  • past activities and events
  • activities outside Aotearoa New Zealand
  • medical costs
  • legal advocacy, litigation, and court costs
  • debt payment
  • new business ventures
  • events with a political component or purpose

The $204.1m Care in the Community fund supports the welfare of self-isolating individuals and whānau with COVID-19. The MCCF does not fund work that could be funded by Care in the Community.

How to get funding

You can get funding through:

  • Te Arawhiti
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Ministry of Health

Ask for funding through your preferred agency or department. There is no wrong door when seeking this funding.

If you have any questions or want to apply, email our team

Ministerial oversight of fund

A ministerial oversight group oversees the fund.

The group is made up of the:

  • Minister of Finance
  • Minister for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti
  • Minita mō Whānau Ora, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health)
  • Minita Whanaketanga Māori

Ministers want funds to be distributed as quickly as possible.

Phase 1 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

   Te Kotahitanga – Maori Music Artists  $275,000  Nationwide
   Ngāti Kahu  $440,740
   Wharekawa Marae Reservation Trust  $27,500
   Manurewa Marae  $300,000
   Ngāti Tamaterā  $75,000
   Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou Ki Hauraki  $265,000
   Waikato - Tainui  $8,000,000
   Raukawa  $608,000
   Maniapoto Māori Trust Board  $487,860
   Ngāti Ranginui  $100,000
   Te Arawa  $4,380,000 15
   Ngāti Tūwharetoa  $2,994,500
   Ngāti Kahungunu  $2,260,000
   Ngā Iwi o Taranaki  $2,651,860 8   
   Ngāruahine  $601,000
   Te Runanga o Ngāti Ruanui  $1,022,000
   Te Ranga Tupua  $2,843,000 8

Phase 2 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

  Te Whanau ā Apanui $586,000 1
  Te Kupenga Hapū $264,752 1
  Te Uri o Tai Hapū $137,950 1
  Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki $363,300 1
  Ngāti Raukawa $147,000 1
  Ngāti Whare $750,000 1
  Te Pūtahi-Nui-o-Rehua Charitable Trust $179,387 1
  Ngāti Pahaurewa $350,301 1
  Te Rūnanga o Te Whanau $262,000 1
  Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $2,000,000 1
  Te Ranga Tupua $1,262,226 8
  Te Arawa Ruku Ora $800,000 1
  Ngā Iwi o Taranaki $2,010,646 8
  Te Arawa Whānau Ora Trust $980,000 1
  Taraia Marae $306,354 1
  Ngāti Tūwharetoa $1,238,860 1
  Maniapoto Māori Trust Board $1,500,000 1


Phase 3 funding distributed through Te Arawhiti








Number of iwi

  Te Paatu ki Kauhanga Trust Board $161,412  
  Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki $191,015 1