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COVID-19 has made things harder for some Pacific learners and families, including putting pressure on their wellbeing and ability to engage in education.

The Pacific Education Support fund closed on 5 November 2020.

Apply for the Pacific Education Support Fund

Application guidance - all regions

To help develop your proposal, the above document takes you through all the questions in the online application forms below. Reading it will help you prepare your application.

Go to the appropriate link below to submit your application.

Wellington online application form

Canterbury Chatham Islands online application form

Waikato application online form

Hawkes Bay Tairāwhiti online application form

Support fund

Many community groups and Pacific providers have been working to support Pacific learners and families to engage in education during the COVID-19 response and recovery, and to make sure Pacific learners and families have access to the services and supports they need.

Funding is available for community providers to meet education-related and wellbeing needs arising from and/or exacerbated from COVID-19. This includes:

  • connecting Pacific learners and families with the correct services that will provide support for education-related needs, for example with on-site learning and accessing ongoing education and training pathways; and
  • growing relationships between Pacific families and places of learning through connections and brokerage support from providers.


Applications for the Pacific Education Support Fund, Auckland region, have now closed. Opportunities to apply for future funding rounds will be announced at a later date.

Waikato, Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington and Canterbury and Chatham Islands

In 2021 $1.7m to support these four regions through the new Pacific Education Support Fund. The amount available to each region varies, based on Pacific learner population, and includes:

  • $295,000 for Waikato
  • $181,000 for Hawke’s Bay -Tairāwhiti
  • $807,000 for Wellington
  • $415,000 for Canterbury and Chatham Islands

Applications are open from 5 October to 5 November.

Who can apply?

To apply for the current funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a community group/organisation, church group or social sector provider based in the following education regions: Auckland, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington or Canterbury and Chatham Islands
  • You, and members of your group, are New Zealand citizens and reside in New Zealand
  • Your project will be designed and delivered in one of the five regions mentioned above and will support learners and families of Pacific heritage to access services and support
  • Any products or resources developed using the funding will be open source (able to be shared freely, not owned by you or able to be bought or sold)
  • Your group is a legal entity and has a bank account in the name of the legal entity
  • Have no outstanding financial/legal issues (i.e. bankruptcy, legal challenges etc.)

More information

If you have further questions that are not answered in the FAQs, email pacific.supportfund@education.govt.nz 

Application Process

Waikato, Hawke’s Bay-Tairāwhiti, Wellington, Canterbury and Chatham Islands: You have until 5 November 2020 to apply. 

Applications are open from 5 October to 5 November.

Read the overview of application questions - all regions 

If you have further questions that are not answered in the FAQs, email pacific.supportfund@education.govt.nz

This information in 10 Pacific languages:

Fäeag Rotuma
Gagana Sāmoa
Gagana Tokelau
Te Taetae ni Kiribati
Lea Faka Tonga
Solomon Islands Pijin
te 'gana Tuvalu
te reo Māori Kuki 'Āirani
Vagahau Niue
na vosa Vakaviti