New Educational Fund for Taitamariki (13-24yrs old) Launches
The Taitamariki Development Fund has been created to support taitamariki realise their educational aspirations and has been purposely designed to support young Māori between the ages of 13 years and 24 years residing in urban areas.
“The fund aims to support taitamariki in educational pursuit, engage with taitamariki in urban areas and to develop strong and resilient taitamariki at that leadership-end in Aotearoa and internationally,” says Ms Everitt.
There are 3 categories of grants ranging from $2000 – $20,000 that applicants can apply for. The criteria of eligibility also range from individuals enrolled in a New Zealand educational provider or institute to Māori Organisations providing services for taitamariki.
Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust was established to provide strategic leadership in education, training and workforce development for Māori, and to manage the Trust’s Fund made available for these purposes. The Trust has an obligation to ensure benefits are made available to all Māori and give regard to Māori who do not associate with their Iwi and/or do not receive benefit from a mandated iwi organisation.
“The Taitamariki Fund is the perfect way for the Trust to meet their obligations by providing grants and scholarships in three different capacities that will support Māori living in urban areas.”
In 2018 the Trust launched its new strategy “Te Rautaki”. It has four key whāinga (goals) that sets the direct investment intentions of the Trust through to 2022. These goals include; providing for the next generation through mentoring and governance training for Māori, providing new Blue Sky Horizons through innovation and research of Māori, engagement and growth and transforming the trust through legislative change. The Taitamariki Fund is a segment that aligns towards achieving these goals.