Youth Fund recipients 2022

Te Whatu Ora's Health Promotion Unit (previously Te Hiringa Hauora | Health Promotion Agency) has partnered with eight youth based communities to support youth-led innovation and build evidence about what works for young people through our Youth Fund. The full list of grantees is available on this page.  

These initiatives are co-designed and co-delivered with young people and have a strong focus on Māori, Pasifika. Grants range from $25,000 to $30,000 and total $144,000. All grants support initiatives that encourage youth leadership and innovation, work in youth mental wellbeing, youth development and engagement, and young people entering and leaving school.




Zeal is a registered charitable trust that’s mission is to make transformative spaces and experiences accessible to young people, supporting rangatahi to connect to their mana, innate self-worth and sense of belonging. We are supporting Zeal in piloting a co-designed and co-delivered in-school culture and identity mentoring programme with an emphasis on mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention. This programme will look to adopt both a Māori and Pasifika audience and to pilot it within a Hamilton context.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB)

We are supporting Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) with the development and upskilling of their Pacific Youth Council (PYC) and Pacific Advocate Liaison Staff (PALS) groups. This includes scoping out the environment for Pasifika students and conducting four workshops on health, education, creative arts and inspiring leaders and mentoring workshop.

New Zealand Rugby League

The Southern Zone Rugby League exists to provide support, guidance and advice to the districts and clubs that deliver opportunities to be involved in rugby league in Te Waipounamu. They want to increase participation in all levels and for all genders, aspirational pathways for participants and enhance the wellbeing of those in our rugby league community.

Te Hiringa Hauora will support the Southern Zone Rugby League’s Youth Voice Group project. This project aims to drive change for rangatahi within rugby league and their whānau by providing a platform to whakamana the rangatahi in rugby league with the tools they need to become tuākana for themselves, other rangatahi and their communities- both on and off the field.

Future Leaders – Inspiring Stories

Te Hiringa Hauora has worked with Inspiring Stories since 2018, as the two organisations have  shared strategic interest in the wellbeing of young people. Inspiring stories New Zealand is a registered charity operating nationwide with the vision to see young New Zealanders realise their potential to change the world.

Te Hiringa Hauora is supporting the Future Leaders programme. This programme is a powerful and proven approach to youth-led community development. The aim of this programme is to be transformative for young people and their communities helping to create a more resilient, vibrant and sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand. At its core, the programme puts young people at the heart of creating solutions to the challenges they face in their backyard, building their capacity and confidence and a community of support around them.

M3 Mindfulness

M3 Mindfulness is a bilingual indigenous resilience programme. M3's mission is to empower communities and impact change with an indigenous resilience programme using mindfulness, Māori pūrākau and whakataukī and movement. They work in pre-, primary, intermediate, and secondary schools, plus Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.
Te Hiringa Hauora will support M3 Mindfulness to adapt and deliver a hybrid 15 week programme that teaches resilience skills to empower rangatahi to stand in their mana as leaders, first for themselves and then for others. 


What is Youth19? 
Te Hiringa Hauora will support two community friendly youth research outputs from the Youth19 research project. One will focus on takatāpui young people and their mental or emotional wellbeing and what they think would help young people most. These will provide accurate youth research data from over 7,000 Aotearoa 13-18 year olds, in ways that can be used to inform policy and practice to better support young people. 

Ara Taiohi

Ara Taiohi is the Peak Body for youth development in Aotearoa and is an agile and diverse team who are passionate about creating an Aotearoa where all young people thrive. 
Te Hiringa Hauora is supporting the second phase of the Pacific Warriors project. In the first wave of the project, Ara Taiohi had great success and identified that they needed to follow up the first wave with further engagement. They were connected with three main city centres with Pacific practitioners and had an overwhelming positive response to keep the open lines of communication and conversation going, for a safe space to talanoa and share insights. 

Curative NZ

Unfold is a social movement to support wellbeing, reduce alcohol and drug related harm and lift horizons for young people. This movement aims to build their communities’ wellbeing by fulfilling needs that they often try to meet through drugs and alcohol by: 
-    Building a sense of belonging and connection 
-    Relieving stress and pressure
-    Creating fun and opportunities to test limits
-    Enabling young people to feel like they can be creative 
-    Helping young people feel like they are seen and valued. 
Te Hiringa Hauora will be supporting the management and facilitation for the newly established Unfolder’s Creative Block (UCB). UCB will be made up of 12 Unfolders (hard to reach youth) and Te Hiringa Hauora will specifically cover the inclusion of youth voice and leadership in this mahi.