He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme

The 2018 He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme (CAS) application round is open – the submission period for proposals closes at noon, 12 November 2018.

The 2018 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 will be funded up to $60,000 to work with a Commercial Advisor for up to 18 months. A minimum of $1m will be available to be awarded.

The advisors offer professional business advice and mentoring as they work with collectives on business development projects aimed at realising the potential commercial value of the collective’s assets.


Key dates

28 September 2018

Submission period for proposals OPENS

Noon, 12 November 2018

Submission period for proposals CLOSES

November 2018

Applications assessed by a panel

December 2018

Funding decisions announced

1 February 2019

Contracts begin

31 July 2020

Projects must be completed

Who is eligible for CAS funding?

The 2018 Commercial Advisors Scheme will be open to Māori collectives, including trusts, incorporations and post-settlement governance entities. Coalitions of collectives are also able to apply.

Refer to the 2018 Commercial Advisors Scheme eligibility chart to check if you are eligible.

Read about the CAS Eligibility [PDF 446KB]

How to apply - Call for Proposals

The 2018 Call for Proposals document 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 2018 [PDF 2MB]

Questions and answers

A list of questions and answers to complement the Call for Proposals document.

Read the questions and answers [PDF 303KB]

Key reference documents

Approved Commercial Advisors

All Commercial Advisors working with Māori collectives through the scheme must be approved by MBIE.

Read the list of approved Commercial Advisors [PDF 334KB]

Commercial Advisors reference check

This form will need to be completed to request the services of a non-approved Commercial Advisor in your online application.

Commercial Advisors reference check form [DOC 27KB]

He kai kei aku ringa reference booklet

This booklet explains the five Pou – Employment, Rangatahi, Enterprise, Regions and Education.

Read the He kai kei aku ringa reference booklet [PDF 576KB]

Sample funding agreement

Successful applicants will enter a funding agreement with MBIE – this sample document is the form the agreement will take.

View the sample funding agreement [PDF 321KB]

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Commercial Advisors Scheme or how to apply, please contact us at MIF@mbie.govt.nz.

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