Ngā tahua, ngā takuhe Funding and grants

Funding is available to help you get started with planting trees and other ngahere projects. See if you can apply for a grant to start a ngahere project on your whenua.

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation provides funding for Māori landowners.

  • The Ngā Whenua Rāhui fund provides protection for Māori landowners through the use of 25-year renewable kawenata (covenants).
  • The Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund seeks to preserve the customs, history and stories connected with Māori land and tikanga.
  • The Māori Land fund supports Māori landowners to preserve and grow nature.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Māori Agribusiness Pathway to Increased Productivity

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Māori Agribusiness Pathway to Increased Productivity programme helps fund projects that lead to more productive and sustainable land use.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri's Whenua Māori Fund helps Māori landowners explore land use and ways to boost its productivity.


Search for funding and grants on the Tupu website. They also have advice about how to prepare before you apply for funding.

Other funding

Other ngahere funding is available for all New Zealanders, our Get help with costs page lists these.

Next steps

Read case studies from other people involved with ngahere projects.