Gift of the Gulf

Learn more about our Gulf Innovation Fund Together. This fund is open all year round and accepting applications now.

Foundation North has created a special Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund, G.I.F.T, that is worth $5 million dollars over five years.


The purpose of the fund is to encourage breakthrough insights, innovations and solutions to the complex environmental issues facing the Hauraki Gulf. 

Foundation North has a long history of supporting conservation projects and the new innovation fund builds on the collaborations and conservation work already happening in the Gulf.

Please note that the usual Foundation North funding criteria do not apply to these grants. 

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Go on, give the Gulf your great idea for generations to enjoy! 


Watch our digital stories

What is the Hauraki Gulf - Tikapa Moana calling us to do?

Richelle Kahui-McConnell was part of a team from Envirostrat undertaking a feasibility study, funded by the Foundation North GIFT programme, on the potential for a high value, low impact fishery in the Hauraki Gulf.

Here Richelle explains the need for this work in the Hauraki Gulf.

Te Toki Voyaging Trust - Rangatahi Kaitiaki

G.I.F.T grant of $50,000 supported Te Toki Voyaging Trust to create a rangatahi kaitaiki - young people's guardianship - project in early 2018. The aim was to empower Ngāi Tai rangatahi to engage with elders and Iwi leaders, Māori scientists and facilitators, waka experts and the wider community in order to awaken and strengthen their bonds to the marine environment around their marae.

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