He Puna Korikori/Outdoor Activity Fund

Recreation Aotearoa are delighted to be managing and distributing He Puna Korikori, the Outdoor Activity Fund, on behalf of Sport NZ. Its purpose is to increase participation of rangatahi in outdoor recreation and connect more rangatahi to their Maori culture through outdoor activity. This fund will be one of parity between Maori and non-Maori, that is, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Te Tiriti. The name He Puna Korikori, meaning "a spring of activity," represents the nature and intention of the fund.

First Step Outdoors in collaboration with WOWMA (Women's Organisation of the Waikato Muslim Association)

First Step Outdoors, an outdoor education provider based in the Waikato region, is providing opportunities and safe spaces for rangatahi to try outdoor activities in a safe and supportive environment.

In this latest initiative and together with WOWMA (Women's Organisation of the Waikato Muslim Association), First Step Outdoors is connecting young Muslim women  (aged 16-26) to the outdoors in Aotearoa.

Over a one-day Eid Adventure Day, Muslim women and girls undertook kayaking and a high ropes course.

First Step Outdoors partnered with WOWMA and Yasmina Community Trust to create the programme, with support from the He Puna Korikori (Outdoor Activity Fund), a Sport NZ contestable fund managed and administered by Recreation Aotearoa. 

The Fund was designed to support activities and programmes that connect rangatahi with outdoor recreation.

Applications for He Puna Korikori have now closed. If you are needing to speak to someone from our team regarding your application, please contact Kuruho Wereta at kuruho@nzrecreation.org.nz

Find out who was funded in the most recent round.


The purpose of this fund is to support activities/programmes that engage rangatahi. 

There are two key population groups which this fund aims to impact:
  • Tangata Whenua as Maori in the outdoors, this includes rangatahi Maori and their whanau*
  • Increasing participation for Tangata Te Tiriti, this includes non-Maori rangatahi participants in one or more of the following categories:
    - Higher deprivation communities
    - Young women
    - Disabled young people

The funding will be split across these two population groups with at least 50% of the total funding allocated to programmes engaging rangatahi Maori.

* Please refer to Te Whetu Rehua for more information.


We are looking for outdoor activity providers who can show that they understand rangatahi, demonstrate a local delivery approach that supports and is informed by the priority rangatahi groups mentioned above.

We are also looking for organisations who can take an innovative and culturally sensitive approach to new programme design. Not all cultures go outdoors for the same reasons. The goal is to get people outdoors, and to do so in a way that resonates with them (this will increase participation too).

The spirit of this fund is very much one of problem solving, and every provider from previous rounds will tell you that they could not have delivered their programmes alone. We are looking for outdoor providers who will share their learnings about their experiences with the rest of the outdoor sector, so that we can collectively move towards bringing more rangatahi into the outdoors, experiencing the benefits they provide.

Please note: The fund is not open to groups involved in delivering activities on playing fields, stadia or in other largely human-made environments, like mainstream ball sports or athletics.


Applications for He Puna Korikori have now closed. If you are needing to speak to someone from our team regarding your application, please contact Kuruho Wereta at kuruho@nzrecreation.org.nz

Read the Call for Applications document


If you have any questions or would like more information about this fund, please contact Kuruho Wereta on kuruho@nzrecreation.org.nz.


Round four of the Outdoor Activity Fund went to the following organisations:
  • Adventure Specialities Trust to provide adventure activities for rangatahi from marginalised communities.
  • Ahikaa Associates to deliver wananga for iwi and hapu in Te Tairawhiti, supporting development through indigenous frameworks and the environment.
  • Aurora College to support a four day school camp on Stewart Island for Aurora College students.
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award to expand the delivery of the award to more rangatahi.
  • E Tipu E Rea Whanau Services to support a programme for young Maori father's to reconnect with their cultural identity through fishing.
  • First Step Outdoors to support outdoor programmes for young women and girls.
  • Graeme Dingle Foundation to support outdoor programmes focused on rangatahi and tamariki.
  • Hawaiki Kura for a series of wellness and empowerment wananga targeted at Maori residing in the Te Tauihu and Te Waipounamu area.
  • Hillary Outdoors to develop a life skills programme for students who attend the Aotea Learning Hub on Great Barrier Island.
  • Ignite Sport for the Empower programme, which supports sport and recreation opportunities for young people with disabilities.
  • Living Springs to provide accessible outdoor opportunities for vulnerable rangatahi in Canterbury.
  • Mangakino School to support tamariki and rangatahi from Mangakino School in attendeding EOTC programmes in the local area.
  • Nga Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa to provide a programme for young people to become leaders through environmental, social, and cultural elements.
  • Ngaa Taiohi o Te Rangitaupi to support wananga for tamariki and rangatahi focused on cultural, environmental, and wellbeing connection.
  • NZ Sailing Trust for Hine Moana, a school holiday youth development programme for young women and girls.
  • Raglan Rock Adventures to develop a climbing club with Raglan Area School.
  • Scouts Aotearoa to support Venture, an adventure and skills development programme for rangatahi aged between 14 - 19.
  • St Therese School to support rangatahi and tamariki to attend school camp.
  • Toi Tangata to develop the number of skilled kaimahi Maori working to increase participation of rangatahi and whanau in self-determined outdoor activity.
  • Te Toki Voyaging Trust to upskill volunteers through water safety training and boating education.
  • Te Wharekura o Manaia to provide opportunities for rangatahi Maori to engage with the surrounding natural environment.
  • Tuhourangi Tribal Authority for provision of mountain biking opportunities for the iwi of Tuhourangi.
  • Waka Abel Tasman to develop a waka programme for rangatahi with disabilities.
  • Wilderness Canoe Trust to provide an adventure programme for rangatahi in Motueka.
  • World Off-Road Riding Department (WORD) for supporting leadership in rangatahi through mountain biking.
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