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Strategic Plan

Foundation North’s vision, as the community trust for Auckland and Northland, is enhanced lives. Our Strategic Plan is a road map developed to support that vision.

Strategic plan

To achieve our vision, we aim to fund across four focus areas:

Hāpai te ōritetanga | Increased Equity 
Whakauru mai | Social Inclusion  
Whakahou taiao | Regenerative Environment 
Hāpori awhina | Community Support 

We are a targeted grantmaker, committed to priority communities across our rohe: Tangata Whenua, Pacific Peoples, communities of South Auckland, communities of Te Tai Tokerau, children and young people, new migrants, former refugees, people living with a disability and rainbow communities. We also prioritise support for initiatives, actions and activities which focus on: 

Community Funding 

Our Quick Response Grants and Community Grants are responsive to community needs and aspirations, and initiatives that contribute to our vision. 

Impact Funding 

Working collaboratively and creatively enables us to proactively and flexibly fund innovative approaches that advance the kaupapa of our focus areas. This might include funding prototypes or trial approaches, the seeding of new ideas, investing in building capacity and capability, taking projects to scale and working at systems change.

Our funding priorities

With a targeted approach across our rohe and our focus areas, we prioritise:

  • Tangata Whenua
  • Pacific Peoples
  • Communities of Northland
  • Communities of South Auckland
  • Children and young people
  • Former refugees
  • New migrants
  • Rainbow communities
  • People living with a disability.

We also prioritise initiatives, actions and activities which focus on:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi - increasing understanding and giving effect to Te Tiriti
  • Climate change action – mitigation and adaptation to the threats posed by climate change.
Pehiāweri Marae


Unuhia te rito o te harakeke,
Kei hea ke te kōmako e kō,
Rere ki uta,
Rere ki tai,
Ui mai koe ki ahau e aha
te mea nui o te ao,
Māku e kī atu,
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata,
Tihei mauri ora

If you should tear out the heart of the flax bush,
Where will the bellbird be,
Will it fly inland,
Fly out to sea,
Or fly around aimlessly,
But if you should ask me what is the greatest thing on Earth,
I will tell you,
It is people, it is people, it is people.

- Mere Ngaroto, Te Aupōuri

Funding story

He Oranga Poutama

He Oranga Poutama is giving Auckland children a ‘stairway to wellbeing’ through sport and recreation activities culturally appropriate to Māori.

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Focus area: Social Inclusion
He Oranga Poutama