Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa is pleased to announce its partnership with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to provide a new $850,000 Government fund called Te Kīwai. The fund will provide direct financial support for tamariki and rangatahi Māori throughout the South Island who are experiencing financial hardship and missing out on physical activity opportunities.
Like the recently announced Active Me – Kia Tū fund with Variety, Te Kīwai is the name given to the second individual Hardship Fund initiative that is part of Sport NZ’s Recovery Package.
The Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson joined Helen Leahy, Pouārahi/Chief Executive Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, and Raelene Castle, Chief Executive Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa, at Te Pā o Rākaihautū Kura in Ōtautahi, Christchurch this morning to launch the new fund.
Te Kīwai Fund will provide up to $300 per child per year to help pay for new equipment, registration fees, shoes or uniforms, and other costs that could be a barrier to being physically active.