Purpose of the funding

The purpose of the Māori Communications Funding (the Fund) is to assist groups to provide tailored regional and local Māori communication and support responses for Māori, iwi, whānau, hapū, and hapori as part of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation programme national rollout.


Equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi are the overarching principles for the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation programme. To achieve equity for our priority groups (Māori, Pacific, and people with disabilities) and actively protect Te Tiriti rights of Māori, requires specific responses, resources, and activities to be developed and implemented.

Objectives of the fund

The objectives of the Māori Communications Funding are to:

  1. implement effective regional and local Māori communication responses to address any obstacles and barriers for Māori accessing the COVID 19 Vaccine.
  2. contribute towards the awareness and understanding of the COVID 19 Vaccine programme for Māori, prioritising: 
    • Rural areas
    • High risk Māori population with comorbidities
    • Sub-population or cohorts such as homeless whānau
  3. support community action and strengths-based approaches that lead to Māori having greater informed consent.

Priority areas

Our priority areas for this funding are for organisations who can reach our whānau Māori in:
•    Rural settings
•    High risk Māori population with comorbidities
•    Sub-populations or cohorts such as our homeless whānau.

Eligibility criteria

This grant funding will be allocated to groups that can show the communications funding is for a regional (iwi rohe) or local response to inform iwi, whānau, hapū or hapori about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Priority will be given to groups who are in rural settings, have a high Māori population who are high risk, focus on sub-population groups such as homeless whānau, and groups who are not currently funded by any other government agency or organisation for COVID-19 vaccine communications.

Inclusion criteria

•    Must be an Iwi, Māori organisation, or a Māori provider as defined by the Ministry of Health’s Māori health provider definition
•    Must be a legal entity.

Exclusion criteria

Received funding from other government agencies for Communications and/or engagement for the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation programme.

Funding allocation

Each successful organisation or applicant will receive up to $50,000.00 (excl. GST) for their communication work. If a group wishes to collaborate then applications to receive more than $50,000.00 (Excl GST) will be considered. Ensure your initiative plan and timeline clearly shows who or what will be done by the various partners of the collaboration.

Application process

Eligible applicants must complete the COVID 19 Māori Communications Application Form and email or send an USB stick to: vaccinefunding@health.govt.nz

Assessment process

A funding panel will be established consisting of Māori communication experts and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Te Puni Kōkiri to assess the applications.

Our indicative timeline

Applications open

15 April 2021

Deadline for Questions from suppliers

23 April 2021

Deadline for the Buyer to answer suppliers questions

28 April 2021

Deadline for applications

12 noon, 17 May 2021

Shortlisting of applicants week beginning

17 May 2021

Meetings scheduled with shortlisted applicants

24 May 2021 to 4 June 2021

Unsuccessful Respondents notified of outcome

11 June 2021

Contractual negotiations concluded

18 June 2021

Contracts ready for signing

25 June 2021

Expected contract start date

1 July 2021

Note: all dates and times are dates and times in New Zealand.


If you have any questions, please email vaccinefunding@health.govt.nz.