Tēnā koe

Te Kāwai Toro was established in 2003 by the J R McKenzie Trust to proactively support and enable Māori Development. The catalyst was a review that identified that only a small percentage of Trust funds were allocated to Māori, and an under representation of Māori in J R McKenzie Trust’s philanthropic activities.

For Te Kāwai Toro, a commitment to uphold a supporting role in Māori development has continued throughout its various strategic projects.

Initiatives driven by dedicated whānau/hapū/iwi/rōpū where inter-dependency is a common focus aligns well with the strategic goals of Te Kāwai Toro.

Ngā Tāngata

Over the last 11 years, Te Kāwai Toro has had the honour and privilege of witnessing ground-breaking Māori development initiatives of current and past kaikōkiri (rōpū supported by the Trust) throughout Aotearoa.

Current Te Kāwai Toro committee members are Chelsea Grootveld (Chair), Paula Therese-King, Jane Montgomery, Joan Smith, Jerry Norman, Manaia King and Marama Tākao.

We aim to support Māori development initiatives, but it's really the whānau themselves who ensure and demonstrate how the value and potential can be realised.
Māori Development and Funding Advisor, Marama Tākao

Pūtea Toro Fund

This fund provides small grants for rōpū/organisations in support of Māori led development for any of the following:

  • building organisational capacity
  • attending hui/conferences
  • infrastructure development
  • networking
  • social enterprise initiatives
  • seeding grants
  • expertise/research
  • advocacy or lobbying for positive change

For more information, please contact Marama Tākao by clicking the contact button below.

Stories and Resources

  • Funding for Indigenous Peoples Hui a Success

    October 1, 2017

    The inaugural International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) Pacific Regional Hui held in early May, was organised in conjunction with Te Wānanga o Raukawa and Philanthropy NZ. Over 170 people attended the event.

    IFIP enabled an opportunity for Te Kāwai Toro to further meet their strategic goals, by building strategic relationships and to profile the low rate of philanthropic allocation to New Zealand’s indigenous communities.

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  • Philanthropic Funding to Māori Report

    January 1, 2013

    Philanthropic funding to Māori in 2012 totalled an estimated $289 million or just over 12% of total philanthropic funding. This report shows the findings of the research that led to this discovery.

    Te Kāwai Toro plans to update this research in 2018.

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