He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme

He Tupu Ōhanga: The Commercial Advisors' Scheme is funded through Te Pūnaha Hiringa Māori Innovation Fund. It enables Māori collectives to work with a commercial advisor for up to 18 months.

The Commercial Advisors Scheme

The He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme (CAS) is funded through Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund and supports initiatives that contribute towards achieving the goals and priorities in He kai kei aku ringa.

Successful Māori collectives are funded up to $60,000 to work with a commercial advisor for up to 18 months.

The Commercial Advisors offer professional business advice and mentoring to collectives/coalitions that are working on a wide range of projects of commercial development, from initial options analyses and feasibility studies, through to business case development, strategic planning, or market analysis and expansion.

In 2019 we are encouraging collectives/coalitions to think about how they can prepare for a future economy that will look very different than it is today. These include new technologies, globalisation and demographic shifts, which will have impacts on the ways New Zealanders work and the jobs they do.

The 2019 funding round

Funding decisions for He Tupu Ōhanga – Commercial Advisors Scheme (CAS) 2019 funding round will be announced March/April 2020.

The updated schedule for announcements and contract execution are noted below:

New dates
Funding decisions announced March/April 2020
Contracts begin May 2020
Projects must be completed October 2021

Who is eligible for CAS funding?

CAS is open to Māori collectives, including trusts, incorporations and post-settlement governance entities. Coalitions of collectives are also able to apply.

Refer to the eligibility document below to check your eligibility:

The 2019 Commercial Advisors Scheme Eligibility Criteria [PDF, 384 KB] 

How to apply

The 2019 Call for Proposals document below provides important information on:

  • the purpose of He Tupu Ōhanga
  • the application and assessment process
  • preparing and submitting your funding application

He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme Call for Proposals 2019 [PDF, 1.5 MB]

A list of questions and answers are available to complement the Call for Proposals document:

Read the questions and answers

Reference documents

Approved Commercial Advisors 2019 [PDF, 411 KB]: We must approve all commercial advisors working with Māori collectives through the scheme.

Commercial Advisors reference check form [DOCX, 23 KB]: this form must be completed to request the services of a non-approved commercial advisor in your online application.

The ERERE one pager [PDF, 138 KB] explains the 5 Pou – Employment, Rangatahi, Enterprise, Regions and Education: The ERERE one pager

Successful applicants will enter a funding agreement with us based on this sample funding agreement [PDF, 332 KB]


2018 successful applicants

The following organisations were funded during the 2018 round of the He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme.

Organisation name

Total approved
(excl. GST)

Tawaroa Topu Trust $60,000
Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Holdings Limited $60,000
Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust $30,000
Te Kahui o Taranaki Trust $60,000
Te Kahui Maru Limited Partnership $45,000
Whakamaru Maungaiti M3 No2 $15,000
Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Limited $60,000
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust $30,000
Te Arawa Primary Sector Incorporated $60,000
Arahura Holding Limited $30,000
Onuku Maori Lands Trust $60,000
Te Arawa Group Holdings Limited $35,000
Owhatiura South 5 Incorporation $60,000
Te Hoiere Asset Holding Company $60,000
Te Waka Pupuri Putea Trust $60,000
Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua $60,000
Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust $60,000
Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporated $60,000
Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board $45,000
Owhaoko A East & A1B Trust $60,000
Te Awhina Marae o Motueka Society Incorporated $25,000
Parengarenga A Incorporation T/A Parengarenga Inc $20,000
Tapuika Iwi Authority Development Trust $32,000
Waimarie o Whatitiri Marae Trust $25,000
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Limited $60,000
Poutama Trust $60,000
Parengarenga A Incorporation T/A Parengarenga Inc $60,000

Keep in touch

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