GIFT funds at three levels. Experimentation and risk taking is supported, with some failure expected.
– Under $50k
- Test good ideas
- Rapid learning and prototyping
– $50k and over
– No funding parameters
Total applications received since 2016
GIFT projects have leveraged further funding of $3,722,232 to date.
Each year we’re now running marine education activity with over 20,000 school students, and we’re reaching thousands more through public events; we’re partnering with events and organisations such as NZ Ocean Racing to find new channels to raise awareness of the issues facing our ocean environment; and perhaps most exciting we’re adapting the education programme to make it suitable for Māori medium settings. Plus NZ Geographic is reaching many thousands more people through its digital channels. And none of that would have happened without GIFT and their preparedness to invest boldly.
GIFT grantee: James Gibson, CEO – Blake Trust
A regenerative approach
This focus area has four outcomes:
- Tino Rangatiratanga– community led action for Te Taiao
- Mātauranga Māori leading regeneration and restoration
- Increased connection and equity of access to Te Taiao.
- Renewing, regenerating ecosystems and communities
Key ways that GIFT has been reflecting this strategy are indicated below.
Tino Rangatiratanga– mana whenua led action for Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi
Protect Aotea/Great Barrier (umbrella for Kelly Klink):
Support of $25,000 to build a resource hub of all relevant mātauranga Māori, including pūrākau, kōrero tawhito, waiata, whakataukī, and mōteatea, scientific research and data.
Mātauranga Māori leading regeneration and restoration
Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust (as an umbrella for Ngā Uri o Ngāti Pāoa ki Waiheke – Waiheke Marine Project):
Two grants totalling $75,000 for a Ngāti Pāoa whānau, hapū and community-led exploration of what it means to have “Heart-centered kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of Waiheke Island’s marine environment – Waiheke ki uta, Waiheke ki tai, Waiheke ki tua” and a contribution towards the Future Search event.
Marine Protection & Restoration Project:
Support of $124,333 to the Noises Family Trust and grants of $75,000 to the Auckland Museum Trust Board to collaboratively advance protection and restoration of the marine environment surrounding the Noises group of Islands. Click here to read the project progress to date.
P3Ltd (umbrella for Indigenous to Papatūānuku programme):
Support of $67,025 for Moana Tamaariki-Pohe and Louise Marra to run the Indigenous to Papatūānuku programme for leaders of influence within Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi.
Increased connection and equity of access to Te Taiao
The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation, umbrella for the Young Ocean Explorers:
Three grants totalling $353,000 to enable the Young Ocean Explorers to produce content that focuses on addressing environmental issues facing the Hauraki Gulf. Funding also enabled community engagement, Te Reo Māori translations and the development of the 21 day challenge. Click here to read the learning and outcomes summary for the Young Ocean Explorers programme.
Blake Trust in conjunction with NZ Geographic:
Two grants totalling $363,000 for a series of 360 degree virtual reality marine experiences, to engage a wide and diverse audience with the Hauraki Gulf (NZVR), also for school outreach and to develop kaupapa Maori resources. Click here to read the learning and outcomes summary for this VR initiative.
University of Auckland Foundation as the umbrella for the Hauraki Gulf Watershed Project:
Three grants totalling $95,000 to bring tangata whenua and tauiwi together, to co-create initiatives to influence the hearts and minds of Aucklanders to treasure the Hauraki Gulf.
University of Auckland Foundation (Nick Shears – Improving the Rocky Reef):
A grant of $188,000 for a collaborative project aimed at restoring the mauri of rocky reefs in the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi by weaving mātauranga Māori and Western science. Click here to read more about this project.
University of Auckland Foundation (Rochelle Constantine – Pulse of the Gulf):
A grant of $211,250, to determine the environmental drivers and interactions that influence marine megafauna (whales and dolphins), through innovative technologies and mātauranga. Click here for more information on this project.