Outdoor Activity Fund Round Four Awarded

We are excited to announce the recipients of Round 4 of the Outdoor Activity Fund. The response to this round of funding was staggering, with 28 applicants seeking over $720,000.

The purpose of the fund is to enhance diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation, and to connect people with their culture through the outdoors. This is the fourth round of the fund and will be one of parity between Māori and non-Māori, that is, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Te Tiriti.

This means we are funding projects that increase participation of Tangata Whenua as Māori in outdoor activities, as well as projects that increase participation of underrepresented groups in the outdoors.

The eight recipients are:

  • Graeme Dingle Foundation - Wilderness Adventure, a three week outdoor/wilderness programme aimed toward at-risk rangatahi in Tāmaki Makaurau. Delivered in partnership with Hillary Outdoors.
  • Hawaiki Kura - Hawaiki Ora, a wānanga targeted at tangata Māori promoting wellbeing and activity through connection with Māori and te taiao.
  • Wildnerness Canoe Trust - Provision of accessible and free and canoe journeys for children, young adults, and adults with a disability or special needs.
  • Matipo School - Povision and subsidy of the Matipo Primary School Outdoor Education schools camps.
  • Owhango Adventures - To develop and qualify Māori tour guides on the Whanganui River.
  • Sir Peter Blake Trust (BLAKE) - A three day, two night experience for year 7 and 8 students to explore and understand the marine environment.
  • Waitomo Caves Musuem - Provision of outdoor adventure activities and learning for local Waitomo schools.
  • Te Kōpuku High - Delievery of a water safety and surfing programme for year 9 and 10 students through a Tikanga Māori lens.
We will be following each of the projects closely and sharing their learnings through a series of short films in the coming months.

Thanks to all that applied and congratulations to the recipients.
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