Te Mana o te Awa & Te Mana o te Iwi Grants

Manga Iti Grant Applications

Te Mana o te Awa & Te Mana o te Iwi Grants


These funds are designed to advance and support initiatives, projects and uri that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua. Historically these funds have been known as Manga Iti & Rongoroa.

Te Mana o te Awa and Te Mana o te Iwi funds are focused on supporting the priorities of Te Rautaki o Te Whawhaki. These kaupapa may create opportunities to explore larger, long-term projects that benefit Te Awa Tupua and Whanganui Iwi.

The overall aim of the funding is to grow the capability and capacity of our people to enhance the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua.

We welcome applications that align to the priority areas of the fund:

  • Iwi capacity building – to enhance and strengthen the capacity of Whanganui Iwi to collectively play a primary role in the planning, management and regulation in relation to Te Awa Tupua;
  • Environmental enhancement – to enhance and protect water quality, native flora and fauna, biodiversity and ecology associated with Te Awa Tupua;
  • Research & monitoring – to gain further understanding of the environmental, cultural and spiritual health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua; and the impacts of various activities on Te Awa Tupua and the relationship between Whanganui Iwi and Te Awa Tupua;
  • Cultural and spiritual enhancement – to strengthen, promote and enhance Whanganui Iwi cultural and spiritual knowledge, practices and connections in respect of Te Awa Tupua.


To download an application form please click the button below.

 Te Mana o te Awa & Te Mana o te Iwi Grant Forms

Previous Grant Recipients

View the videos below to see examples of some of the projects undertaken by previous grant recipients.

2018 Te Mana o te Awa Manga Iti Grant Recipients - Te Whānau o Koanga Rehua
2018 Manga Iti Grant - Piupiu Wānanga

2019 Manga Iti Grant Recipients




Te Taikura o Te Awa Tupua

  Funding to attend Kaumātua Kapa Haka at Te Papa
Te Awhitu Whānau Trust Te Awhitu Whanau Maria Marae Trust Kaumātua Matariki Ahurea Taumarunui
Raetihi Marae Raetihi Marae Kahui kaumatua
Te Ara Tika o Te Whanau Te Kotahitanga Tribal Komiti Hapū Wānanga
Te Whanau O Wahapa Te Whanau O Wahapa Hapū Wānanga
Te Wikihākinakina Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho Wānanga
Matariki Symposium  Morero Marae Workshops for kura re Matariki 
Whakapapa ki ngā Awa Te Awanui a Rua Charitable Trust Kaumātua waka Trip
Puanga 2019 Whanganui Māori Tourism Organisation Puanga dinner and pukorero
Kahui Maunga Games 2019 Nga Waihua o Paerangi Trust Sporting and cultural event in Ngati Rangi rohe
Ponga Whanau Waka Haerenga Te Whanau Pa Trust Whanau wānanga
Cultural Navigators Aotearoa Manunui 3 Enterprises wānanga
Blackburn whanau reunion   Whanau wānanga/Reunion
Restoration of St Pauls Church St Paul's Memorial Church Putiki Restoration Trust Catering support for volunteers
Te Wahapa Whanau wananga Te Wahapa Whanau Committee Wānanga 

Do you whakapapa to the Whanganui River? Would you and your whānau like to be registered on the Whanganui Iwi Database? What does that mean?

It means that you get sent pānui and updates on kaupapa related to the Whanganui River and Te Awa Tupua, the people and the river from the Mountains to the Sea. You can also apply for the different grants that are advertised on our website and facebook page.

If you are already on the database and need to up date your details please head to the database or send us an email at office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz