Te Kura Ora | The Living Feathers

Posted on 17 June 2020

Te Kura Ora | The Living Feathers

E te whānau whanui o Kurahaupō,

Ko te mākoha a mihi aroha, e hora nei ki a koutou, tēnā koutou katoa e te tini o Kurahaupō ki Te Tau Ihu o te Waka ā Māui. Nā Te Kura Ora tēnei i whakamaru, i taituarā, i haumi hoki rā.

Today, the Kurahaupō iwi of Te Tauihu have launched a new oranga fund to support whānau experiencing hardship because of Covid-19 and require one-off financial support.


Te Kura Ora | The Living Feathers

Te Kura Ora is open to all whānau who whakapapa to Kurahaupō Te Tauihu (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and/or Ngāti Kuia and/or Rangitāne o Wairau). It recognises our shared whakapapa and shared desire to ensure none of our people are left behind and marks a new era of collaboration.

The fund will focus on assistance with:

  • Housing (rent and/or possibly mortgage repayments or rates)’
  • Heating (including firewood) and other utilities;
  • Kai (food vouchers);
  • Oranga/health issue worsened by the advent of Covid-19; and
  • Other needs within the sole discretion of the Te Kura Ora Committee.

It is important to note that this fund is intended for whānau whom either cannot access or have been denied assistance from other agencies. Grants will be made on a per household basis and one grant per household will be considered in each 12-month period. The first 12-month period commences June 2020.

Applications must be made on the prescribed form and submitted to the administrator of Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau by email at admin@rangitane.org.nz or you can post it to: Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau, PO Box, Blenheim 7240.

The application form can be found [here] or contact our office on 0800 578 900 for further assistance.


“Red feathers are treasured among Māori, a taonga of adornment and symbolic of growth.

In this context, the feathers are living, the poetical use of the word Kura, being short for Kurahaupō, symbolising the three iwi being the moving vessel that cares for the kaupapa, the welfare fund.

Te Kura Ora is focused on adorning our people so that they can continue to move and develop, lifting their health and wellbeing, still being able to fly.”

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