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Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund

Announcement of fund recipients

Tuia ki Tawhiti | the Collaborative Futures Fund was established by Sport New Zealand | Ihi Aotearoa to support outdoor education providers to develop innovative transformational change projects through collaboration, to improve sustainability and effectiveness of delivery long term.

We received many strong and innovative applications for the fund – a total of 15 applications from 13 organisations. The initiatives proposed included programme development for rangatahi Māori, embedding of sustainability principles into organisation operations and programming, research targeting specific participant groups, and collaboration between providers, kura and schools, and mana whenua! It was certainly a difficult decision for the judging panel, who were impressed with the level of passion and dedication each of the applicants showed to developing a more inclusive, responsive, and sustainable outdoor sector.

We are thrilled to announce that six organisations were successful in their applications. These organisations demonstrated an outstanding understanding of the needs of their communities (or the outdoor sector as a whole), prioritised effective partnerships, and took an innovative approach to their area of focus.

Congratulations to the six fund organisations:

  • Te Waiariki Purea Trust – E Tipu, E Rea project
  • Outward Bound – Te Toki o Awa course
  • Hillary Outdoors – Results-based accountability research to improve the relevance and accessibility of outdoor education for rangatahi Māori
  • Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust – The Kina Project
  • Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits & Education Centre - E Hoki Ana Hei Kaitiakitanga Return to Guardianship project
  • Whenua Iti Outdoors – Fostering Futures project

We are really excited to share how their initiatives developed over the funding period and what we (as a sector) can learn from their experiences. We will be profiling each organisation and their initiative, as well as the outcomes and ‘lessons learnt’ by all organisations involved in the fund, so stay tuned!

Hear from the organisations in this summary video:

About Tuia ki Tawhiti |the 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 was priviledged to deliver the Tuia ki tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund on behalf of Sport NZ.