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Collaboration and partnerships can provide greater impact through innovative funding, smart investment - leading to inter-generational social change for our regions.

Rātā Foundation is always looking to strengthen our relationships and local impact through partnership.

We encourage our grantees to do the same by exploring ways in which you can collaborate and partner with others to avoid duplication and achieve impact.

Recent work under Collaborate

  • Three South Island organisations have teamed up with government to fund initiatives that will improve wellbeing outcomes for rangatahi Māori. 

    The RUIA Fund is a collaboration between Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency), Rātā Foundation, Ministry of Youth Development/Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

    RUIA Fund spokesperson Huata Arahanga says: “The RUIA whakataukī – E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea – reflects our collective aspiration to support rangatahi wellbeing, intergenerational leadership, succession planning, cultural development and access for all rangatahi to initiatives that support them to grow and develop.”

    “We identified that we would be able to get better results across the board and make it easier for funding applicants if we all came together under one umbrella to support initiatives for rangatahi Māori in Te Waipounamu.”

    The RUIA Fund is a fully collaborative process between funders and rangatahi – ensuring young people have a strong voice around their wellbeing needs in the decision-making process

    RUIA will accept applications from rangatahi, whānau, groups and organisations that need funding to make their ideas and/or initiatives for rangatahi Māori aged 12-24 years become a reality.

    All applications should align with at least one of Ngā Pou o RUIA (the RUIA principles):

    • Whānau Ora – Wellbeing in the context of whānau
    • Ngāi Tahutanga and Te Ao Māori – culture and Identity
    • Mana-Tangata – leadership and self-determination
    • Wānanga – learning, connectivity, participation
    • Auahatanga – innovation and enterprise
    • Te Ao Tūroa – mahinga kai, natural environment and sustainability
    • Te Pūtake – strengthening capability and responsiveness

    The fund will be promoted by a dedicated RUIA Coordinator who will work under the administration of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.