Māori landowners can apply for this fund. It provides protection for Māori-owned land through the use of 25-year renewable Kawenata (covenants).

Before you apply

Fields marked * are compulsory.

DOC undertakes to collect, use and store information provided on this form according to the principles of the Privacy Act 1993 - see Privacy and Security

Ngā Whenua Rāhui Fund application form

Applicant details


1. What are the key objectives you are seeking for your proposed protected area? (Tick all that apply)

Land information

2. What type of ecosystems require protection within the proposed protected area? (Tick all that apply)
3. What is the status of the land?
4. Is there a Trust in place?
*If yes, what type of Trust is it?


6. Do you have an existing protection agreement with Ngā Whenua Rāhui?


Ensure you have read and understood the criteria included with this application.

Note: Once a completed application is received, contact will be made by one of our district Kaitakawaenga and a supporting information pack will be supplied.

A meeting will then be arranged between the applicant and the relevant Kaitakawaenga to determine further details to support the development of a formal protection agreement for approval by the Minister.

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