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    Rangatahi funds Ruia and Tama Ora open now

    Rangatahi mā, he whakaaro whakamīharo kei konā hei whakatinana atu?

    Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu are excited to let rangatahi Māori in Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rēkohu/Wharekauri know that applications for RUIA and Tama Ora are now open!

    RUIA was created in a unique partnership in 2019 on the principle that rangatahi should be part of the decision-making process when it comes to initiatives to support their growth and development. Five years on, RUIA has supported hundreds of rangatahi to do just that! 

    Tama Ora is a partnership with He Oranga Poutama, Ihi Aotearoa and aims to engage rangatahi and tamariki Māori (5 to 25 years) in  Te Ao Māori through physical activity. This year, we are excited to be opening Tama Ora alongside RUIA for our rangatahi collab! 

    To find out more about RUIA or Tama Ora and how to apply, check out Te Pū or phone 0800 187 689.

    Applications for both funds close at noon on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

    About RUIA

    RUIA is a unique fund delivered in partnership with Rātā Foundation and Wayne Francis Trust that supports rangatahi aspirations in the areas of rangatahi wellbeing, intergenerational leadership, succession planning, and cultural development.

    RUIA – meaning to plant, to sow, or to establish a foundation to develop – was founded in 2019 and is underpinned by seven universal principles, or pou.

    We welcome applications from rangatahi, whānau, groups and organisations in Te Waipounamu, Rakiura and Rēkohu/Wharekauri who require support to bring their ideas for initiatives for rangatahi Māori aged 12-24 years to life.

    For more information, see our website. You can also give us a call on 0800 187 689 or email

    About Tama Ora

    Tama Ora is a partnership between Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa and is aligned with Sport New Zealand’s He Oranga Poutama, which is designed to create pathways for tamariki and rangatahi Māori to stay active. Through Tama Ora, we aspire to help tamariki and rangatahi connect to Te Ao Māori through physical activity, this might be through taonga tākaro, mahi a rēhia or contemporary sports with specific focus on whānau Māori. 

    Tama Ora has supported the delivery of dozens of wānanga, events and other kaupapa for rangatahi and tamariki Māori aged 5 to 25 years. Could yours be next? 

    He pātai au?

    For more information, visit  Te Pūtahitanga website, call 0800 187 689 or email us at

    Richard Liddicoat

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    Rangatahi funds Ruia and Tama Ora open now