MAS Foundation Grants

2023–2024

MAS Foundation Community Koha

Te Oranga Ki Ōtakou
Te Oranga Ki Ōtako (TOKO) is dedicated to creating a home away from home for tauira, emphasizing learning opportunities to instil a deep understanding of Māori identity. Our Te Reo Kia Ora initiative focuses on health equity, offering an 8-session Māori language health program to support Māori tauira in health professional programs. The funding will drive efforts to normalize Te Reo Māori use in clinical settings, fostering cultural redress and behavioral change within the health system.
Total Amount$5,000
Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust
Ngā Waihua o Paerangi, an iwi-led entity, focused on environmental monitoring, health, social services, Whānau Ora, jobs for nature, housing repairs, and the Whiria Ngā Hua initiative. Responding to the loss of over 850 jobs, Whiria Ngā Hua invests in local families, serving as a vehicle for whānau aspirations. This funding supported the Anei Tata E! symposium hosted by Ngāti Rangi in Ohakune 26 to 27 September 2023. A celebration of iwi success, the symposium fostered collaboration, learning, innovation, and shared leadership for wellbeing, featuring keynote speakers, many from Ngāti Rangi, that empowered the community to believe in their own potential.
Total Amount$25,000
Te Kurahuna
As the kaitiaki of Mahi a Atua, Te Kurahuna specialises in both the initial training, and the ongoing professional and personal development of the Mataora workforce. This funding will help to develop a proposal for government agency funding for the delivery of the unique Niwareka training informed by mātauranga Māori. The training will be delivered to 100 nursing and non-regulated health kaimahi. Funding will also be used for evaluation and research to investigate the barriers preventing Te Kurahuna from contributing to workforce capability and capacity building in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Total Amount$25,000
Te Atawhai o Te Ao Charitable Trust (Māori Coalition – FASD Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Te Atawhai o Te Ao stands as an independent Māori research institute specialising in environment and health. Māori Coalition – FASD Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder wānanga is dedicated to the Maui tamariki, the individuals who inspire and challenge us as parents, grandparents, and whānau whānui. We delve into our own mātauranga and whānau experiences, exploring ways to support Maui tamariki, rangatahi, pakeke, and their overall whānau ora. This discussion embraces the joy, creativity, and the spirit of exploration and innovation inherent in haututū. Drawing inspiration from whakapapa and kōrero, we reflect on the stories of explorers, innovators, and those who encourage us to create new ways of doing things.
Total Amount$25,000
Kahoa Tauleva Trust
Kahoa Tauleva Trust aims to alleviate poverty, advance education, and benefit the community through job creation, financial literacy, educational support, and cultural/spiritual growth. In collaboration with Dr Janet Tupou, the project involves a developmental evaluation using The Kakala Model, focusing on the 3-phase Community Cabins Pilot to address overcrowded homes in Aotearoa. This initiative, aligned with Pacific Aotearoa Lalaga Fou Report goals, promises key insights for future policies, supporting thriving cultures, prosperous communities, resilient Pacific Peoples, and confident, thriving young people.
Total Amount$22,000

2023–2024

MAS Foundation Partnership Grants

Hikurangi Enterprise Limited
Hikurangi Enterprises Limited’s vision is ‘healthy wealthy whānau and whenua’. The purpose of the Whare Ora initiative is to provide healthy, affordable and accessible housing solutions to local residents in Te Tairawhiti. It is a Kaupapa Māori circular housing model that includes local economic development and self-determination for Māori, leading climate responses. This funding will be used for an evaluation framework to support the holistic value created by Whare Ora to enable other Māori communities to apply the model, and to get local buy-in. The funding will also be used to support organisational infrastructure, building capability, and community engagement and development.
Total Amount$100,000
Te Roopu Waiora Trust: Tangata Turi Aotearoa
Established in 2001, Te Roopu Waiora is a unique Māori organisation governed by whānau hauā, dedicated to providing essential information and services to whānau with disabilities and their communities. Tāngata Turi sought funding for a national Māori deaf hui in July 2023 to create a collective forum for unity, leadership strengthening, and community planning. The event aimed to enhance understanding of Te Ao Māori, improve engagement with health services, and inform government agencies about the needs and solutions of Tāngata Turi.
Total Amount$50,000
The Tongan Society South Canterbury Inc
The Tongan Society South Canterbury Inc empowers the local Tongan community through cultural programs and workshops, including the Youth Fale for Pasifika youth and family-centered initiatives. MAS Foundation supports their Re-KAVA-Ring programme by providing resources such as a newly recruited Coordinator, technological support for website development, capacity building for staff and trustees, and business sustainability planning.
Total Amount$203,500
Te Hurihanga ō Rangatahi
To build a therapeutic rongoā garden enhancing the connection to taiao (the environment). Te Hurihanga ō Rangatahi| Youth Hub Christchurch is a village of wellbeing-focused services with a vision to enable all young people in Ōtautahi the opportunity to lead healthy, safe and valued lives, fulfilling their potential and vibrantly contributing to their community.
Total Amount$25,000
Tātau
Funding to support the Whakapapa Project, which is a community-led initiative that aims to work directly with whānau engaged in the gang community to unpack the current difficulties whānau are facing to gain a better understanding of whānau needs and supports.
Total Amount$25,000
Papatūānuku Charitable Trust
Papatuanuku Support Services strives to offer Manaaki and hope to the homeless by providing safe housing and holistic support. These funds support the advancement of Te Ao Hou wānanga, a successful community-led co-designed programme embedding te ao Māori innovation. It included a business case review to identify options for future sustainability planning, alongside ongoing evaluation, and impact measurement.
Total Amount$236,000
Rongopai House Community Trust
Sustaining their efforts in supporting Thriving Whānau, Thriving Communities. The focus of this funding is on supporting a sustainable structure to continue delivering programmes that enhance health and wellbeing in the Far North region, specifically Kaitaia. Rongopai House, a registered charity, was established with the goal of creating a wellness centre, a haven for whānau seeking refuge from violence, addiction, and/or sexual abuse. As a community-led organisation, it offers a fresh start and a place of hope in the Far North, irrespective of faith, religion, or cultural belief.
Total Amount$235,000
Kakala Malie Incorporated Society
A start-up programme inspired by previous positive learning experiences and research of Tongan and Pacific families in South Auckland. The Fatu Lālanga project comprises of a combination of inter-generational workshops, fono and a 2-day retreat to help shift the inequities and disparities to a resilient and thriving fatu lālanga for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. This project is called ‘Fatu lālanga: In the spirit of collective wellbeing' (Fatu Lālanga) and encapsulates the lālanga (weaving) of knowledge and practices from the heart, for the hauora and betterment of Pacific peoples. The primary purpose of this project is to empower the local holistic wellbeing needs of Pacific learners and families involved in building quality education and care in health
Total Amount$91,000
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Association (PADA)
The mission of PADA is to eradicate perinatal mental health stigma in Aotearoa New Zealand by promoting awareness and best practices, ensuring equitable access to information and support for all families and whānau. The funding will be used to train Māori and Pasifika educators recruited from the unregulated workforce, with lived experience of maternal mental health issues and/or who have participated in Hapūtanga wānanga to increase equitable outcomes for Māori whānau and Pasifika aiga/kāinga.
Total Amount$484,000
Mana Inc
Mana Inc creates and delivers unique wānanga (workshops) that inspire, enhance and empower whānau and communities in Papakura to be the best version of themselves. The funding will support and strengthen the ‘backbone’ of Mana Inc for a 1-year period.
Total Amount$184,000

2022–2023

MAS Foundation Partnership Grants

Katoa Limited & Wairoa Te Ohonga Ake Charitable Trust
Supporting and developing the future generation to reduce health and wellbeing inequities and break the mould for rangatahi in Te Wairoa to become our future leaders.
Total Amount$526,000
Te Roopu Waiora Trust
Founded in 2001, Te Roopu Waiora is a distinctive Māori organization led by whānau hauā, committed to delivering vital information and services to families with disabilities and their communities. MAS Foundation funding is supporting Te Roopu Waiora to develop ‘Pae Huarahi’ as a 3-part online series, supplemented with a digital application for ongoing workforce support. Pae Huarahi explores Māori knowledge on disability, addressing tensions between western and Māori concepts by co-creating solutions with participants. It aims to build trust and enhance the knowledge and skills of staff across the health and disability sector, alongside whānau.
Total Amount$50,000

2022–2023

MAS Foundation Community Koha

Te Kurahuna Limited
Te Kurahuna serves as the guardian of Mahi a Atua, specialising in the initial training as well as the continuous professional and personal development of the Mataora workforce. This funding supports the Rangi Mātāwai wānanga, an online Mahi a Atua course, working to improve the outcomes for ‘kaimahi oranga’ workforce wellbeing and healing from burnout while serving others during the pandemic.
Total Amount$25,000
Te Whare Aitu Charitable Trust
Te Whare Aitu Charitable Trust, a registered charity, provides specialized programs in traditional healing and wellness within the Māori worldview, covering health, social, wellbeing, education, and traditional knowledge revival. They pilot and implement the Te Akaaka Mātua wellness plan to support those impacted by COVID restrictions, including frontline workers and non-regulated service providers.
Total Amount$20,000
Institute of Education / Te Kura o Te Mātauranga, Massey University / Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
The project seeks to collect insights from Pasifika families, children, and young people about virtual learning from home and its effects on their well-being, using talanoa. This includes hearing from Pasifika families and children with disabilities, whose experiences during and after COVID-19 have not been fully understood, yet their input on effective strategies is crucial.
Total Amount$25,000
Maia Dreams Limited - Confident Me Programme
The Confident Me program, led by Maia Dreams, helps students improve their well-being with life strategies and coping tools. MAS Foundation is helping Maia Dreams become a registered charity by covering legal fees, business sustainability costs, and providing business mentorship.
Total Amount$10,000
Te Kāhui Manukura o Kai Ora (National Māori Dietitians Rōpū of Aotearoa)
Established in 2008, provides support for Māori Dietitian New Zealand members to develop their practice framework and grow Māori dietitians in Aotearoa. This funding supports a strategic planning event at Mataatua Marae for national members of Te Kāhui Manukura o Kai Ora, enhancing culturally relevant nutrition and dietetic support. This initiative, led by Māori dietitians, fosters personal and professional development in Te Ao Māori.
Total Amount$5,000
Māori in Radiation Oncology (MiRO)
MiRO aims to enhance workforce capability for Māori in Radiation Oncology, seeking support to establish and expand their group for broader impact. MAS Foundation is supporting MiRO to legally incorporate their group, build their brand and website, and organize professional development workshops. These initiatives foster connections among members and stakeholders, drive meaningful change, and combat institutional racism in radiation oncology.
Total Amount$11,200
The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand
MAS Foundation supports the Stroke Foundation Collective Impact Community Co-Design project. This involves undertaking a resource re-design process with tangata whenua, (and then with Pacific and Asian communities), who are most at risk of stroke. Funding from MAS Foundation supports the ‘Initiate Actions’ phase of the collective impact to create a change approach which includes understanding the community landscape and key players, identifying existing work in progress, gathering baseline data, and creating an overarching governance structure.
Total Amount$24,200
International Kiwi Consultants Limited – Tapa Talanoa Co-designing series
MAS Foundation and J R McKenzie support IK Consultants in delivering phases 1 and 2 of the Ngatu initiative, which aims to empower Tongan women. Phase 1 involves hosting an annual workshop conference event in Auckland to facilitate knowledge sharing among Tongan women. Phase 2 includes ongoing community engagement sessions with Auckland-based Tongan women Ngatu-making groups. The initiative aims to raise awareness of Ngatu's potential impact on collaboration among Tongan women globally and to empower Pasifika communities to utilize indigenous knowledge systems with disruptive technology. Funding for phase 3 will be sought from other sources.
Total Amount$25,000
Ora Toa Primary Healthcare Organisation - Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira
Ora Toa PHO is dedicated to enhancing community health and well-being by offering accessible, affordable, and coordinated services, ensuring continuous care for all. This funding was additional support to maintain the pilot Hapu Māmā run by Ora Toa Cannons Creek Medical and Dental looking to improve the dental health outcomes for expectant mothers and their children and providing newborn babies with a better start to life.
Total Amount$5,000
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