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Tukua | Tupu Tonu Disbursements

Image: Isaiah Apiata.  Carver: Will Ngakuru. Carving held by Manea: Footprints of Kupe.

Summary of Funding Decisions

Overview of Tukua | Tupu Tonu Disbursements

Part of the mission of Tupu Tonu is to disburse a portion of annual profits to Ngāpuhi hapū and whānau. Tupu Tonu has named its disbursements ‘tukua’, which means to give with integrity.

As profits and the total value of the fund increases, so too does the amount available for disbursement, and the amount we can use to support local initiatives and organisations affiliated to Ngāpuhi.

Inaugural round

The inaugural Tukua round ran from 25 November 2022 to 10 March 2023.

Tupu Tonu provided $485,000 to 51 groups, all of whom met our application criteria.  See here for a summary of funding provided.

In setting up the inaugural Tukua round, Tupu Tonu wanted to reflect the needs and aspirations of Ngāpuhi hapū and whānau. In particular, we have been conscious of the immediate needs facing hapū and whānau across the rohe, and also for the assistance they need to maintain their cultural strength.

We asked for applications from any Ngāpuhi hapū, whānau or Ngāpuhi affiliated organisation looking for funding to support activities relating to capacity and capability building, and social and cultural development.


Tupu Tonu is now looking to review the first round of Tukua to see how the next Tukua round can better serve the needs of Ngāpuhi. Tupu Tonu expects the next round to open in late 2023.

We want to hear from hapū, and any Tukua applicants, on their experience of the first round, and any feedback on the scope of activities funded. Please fill in the form below, or email us at  Please provide any feedback by 06 October 2023.

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Feedback Form

You will need the following documentation to support your application:

Were you a recipient of Tukua funding in the first round?
Were you a recipient of Tukua funding in the first round?
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