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Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund

Whāia te pae tawhiti kia tata, whāia te pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.

Seek out the distant horizons, cherish those you attain.

The name of this mahi has been gifted to Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) by Kuruho Wereta, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Raukawa, Kaihautū Kaupapa Māori for Recreation Aotearoa. In this context it has been interpreted to represent the opportunity for organisations to unite to influence the future and distant horizon.

Critical to this mahi are manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, and kotahitanga.

EONZ is excited to be managing and delivering the Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund on behalf of Sport NZ. The purpose of the Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund (the fund) is to support outdoor education providers to develop innovative transformational change projects through collaboration, to improve sustainability and effectiveness of delivery long term.

EONZ is seeking expressions of interest to the fund by outdoor education providers that show a collaborative/ partnering approach with other organisations such as schools, ideally mana whenua and/ or other outdoor education providers.


The purpose of this fund is to support outdoor education providers that deliver programmes that engage tamariki and rangatahi throughout New Zealand.

The fund is to support collaborations that will lead to sustainable initiatives that will enhance engagement with both:

  • Tangata whenua as Māori in the outdoors, this includes tamariki and rangatahi Māori and their whanau*
  • Tangata Te Tiriti, this includes non-Māori tamariki and rangatahi

Please refer to Te Whetū Rehua | Sport New Zealand - Ihi Aotearoa (sportnz.org.nz)


The total fund available for distribution is $260,000.

The maximum amount you can apply for is $50,000.

Funding is for projects to be completed by 30 November 2023.


We are seeking expressions of interest from outdoor education providers whose main purpose is to provide outdoor education opportunities to tamariki and rangatahi. While letters of support from any schools or other organisations the providers may be working with must accompany the expression of interest, the expression of interest itself must be made by the provider.


We are looking for outdoor education providers, to come up with innovative ways to work collaboratively with other organisations such as a school or group of schools (or kāhui ako), other outdoor education providers and ideally mana whenua. The outcome being the development of a best practice model that can be shared with others to improve sustainability and effectiveness of delivery beyond this one-off funding.

Without wanting to limit your thinking here are a few examples of what that could involve:

  • Collaboration with a local school or group of schools (or kāhui ako) and ideally mana whenua to develop a best practice model to embed the school’s local curriculum within the provider’s programmes, creating strong links between the provider, the school and ideally, local hapū/rūnanga.
  • Collaboration and co-operation with other outdoor education providers that leads to sharing of resources and/ or long term partnership.
  • Co-construction with Māori, in order to enhance cultural relevance to place and participant and support mātauranga Māori.

Collaboration and co-operation with other organisations is the key to this fund.

We are not looking to fund business as usual, but we would consider support for existing programmes if a new collaborative approach is involved that leads to improved sustainability and effectiveness of delivery. 

This fund is as much about the journey as the outcome. It is ok for the application to focus more on the planning and relationship development than the actual delivery of programmes. Whatever options are submitted to us, there is an expectation that lessons learned on the way will be shared in case studies. This will ensure others who are not successful in their bid for funding can access the lessons learned, whatever form they may take, to embark on their own journeys in an informed way.


EONZ is seeking expressions of interest by 21 October 2022.

Please read the Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund Guidelines before preparing your expression of interest and check out our FAQ sheet for answers to any questions you may have..

Feel free to attach photos, videos or other documents to support your expression of interest.

If you would prefer to submit your expression of interest verbally please feel free to do so, just make sure you answer all the questions that have been asked. Verbal expressions of interest need to be pre-recorded and submitted via the Google form link. Whether in written or spoken form, we ask that you keep your applications short and to the point. If we need more information we will come back to you.

EONZ will develop a short list of applicants who will be invited to attend an online interview with our assessment panel. This will give you another opportunity to talk about your proposal in more detail and with the support of those you intend to collaborate/partner with.

If you do submit your application verbally, we ask that you also submit relevant organisational details in writing to ensure we record them correctly. This includes your Details, organisation Information, assessment information, letters of support and your declaration.


EONZ would like to thank Recreation Aotearoa for their support in the development of the Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund resources.