He Puna Korikori/Outdoor Activity Fund

If you run an outdoor recreation programme for rangatahi, you may be eligible for He Puna Korikori.

He Puna Korikori was set up to support activities or programmes that engage rangatahi. In English, He Puna Korikori means ‘a spring of activity’, representing the intention of the fund. We manage and distribute He Puna Korikori on behalf of Sport New Zealand.


Thank you to everyone who has applied for He Puna Korikori in 2024. We have had a huge response.

We will be sharing an update in the week commencing 6 May 2024. 

Te Whainga

He Puna Korikori aims to support these two key priority groups:

Tāngata Whenua

  • Rangatahi Māori

Tāngata Te Tiriti

  • Young women (aged 12 - 24 years)
  • Migrant and/or refugee background rangatahi 
  • Gender diverse rangatahi 
  • Rangatahi living in high deprivation communities 
  • Disabled rangatahi.

The funding is split across these two groups – Tāngata Whenua and Tāngata Tiriti. At least 50% of the total funding each year is allocated to programmes that engage rangatahi Māori. Tāngata whenua application must show strong alignment to the principles and concepts of Whetū Rehua. More information for Te Whetū Rehua can be found here.

How to apply

Applications for He Puna Korikori 2024 have now closed.

For more insight into who recieved funding in previous years, check out the link below:

Case study: First Step Outdoors in collaboration with WOWMA (Women’s Organisation of the Waikato Muslim Association

Waikato-based outdoor education provider First Step Outdoors provides opportunities for rangatahi to try outdoor activities in a safe and supportive environment.

First Steps Outdoors teamed up with WOWMA to connect young Muslim women, aged 16 – 26 years, with the outdoors. Over a one-day Eid Adventure Day, Muslim women and girls kayaked and did a high ropes course.

First Steps Outdoors partnered with WOWMA and Yasmina Community Trust to create the programme, with support from He Puna Korikori.

More information

Have a question about He Puna Korikori or would like more information? Email Kuruho Wereta: kuruho@nzrecreation.org.nz

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