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Our work

Our Projects are developed in line with our Statement of Intent, purpose, function and principles. All of our projects relate to our purpose: That we fund initiatives that improve educational, environmental, social and cultural development outcomes for children.


February 2024

Learning updates, The Great NZ Handwriting Challenge Maara Kai and more ...

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July 2023

Every child deserves to become a proficient reader!

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December 2022

Supporting local tamariki at risk of disengaging from school


December 2021 

End of year wrap-up

Christmas edition


 July 2021 

Maanakitanga, updates, tributes and Matariki

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  Our Work April 2020  

Outcomes from our Response Covid-19 Project Newsletter

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December 2023

Wrap up for the year and Merry Xmas!

PDF here
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October 2023

Creating a Literate Community Conference - thank you!

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March 2023

Supporting whānau from Tairawhiti to Raglan

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October 2022

Creating a Literate Community Conference wrap-up

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May 2022

Three year Project Announcement and sponsor acknowledgements

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September 2021 

Meet our new Members

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  Christmas 2020 

News, events and acknowledgements

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   Christmas News   

Our wrap for the year end 2019 Christmas Edition Newsletter

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October 2021 

Press Release


  Through the Levels  

Our work through Covid-19 Level 3 to Level 1 September 2020

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  Sponsor Newsletter  

Featuring information about our projects in 2019

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Annual Reports

To view our Tui Trust Annual Report 2022 click here

To view our Tui Trust Annual Report 2021 click here

  Our Projects 2022-2025

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Three-Year Intervention Project 2022-2025 

Over the next three years we will focus on is high-risk children struggling with the basics in the Waikato and Hamilton Communities. We will provide holistic support with the goal improve educational and life outcomes for each child. We will focus on children struggling with literacy and have learning difficulties/differences that affects their ability to be taught in ways that do not work for them i.e. balanced literacy. There will be attention given to tamariki with developmental, neurological, dyslexia, learning disabilities/challenges. We believe that every child is entitled to quality education that best suits their learning needs and will positively impact their educational journey and lives.

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Our Why

Why is our focus on raising literacy rates over 2023-2025? A good question - please click on the PDF to view this this collection of stories and publications over the course of the last few years which cover the state of literacy Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Maara Kai Garden to Table Project  2022-2024 

Grow, harvest, prepare and share. This project is teaching children the skills they need to grow their own vegetables and a way to empower whānau to grow their own gardens. Over 2022-2024 we will support whānau and tamariki interested in growing their own vegetables. If you would like more information please email us at

Projects 2019-2022 


Womens Project 2021-2022 

The COVID-19 lockdowns had a disproportionate effect on women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa, including job losses, increased caring work and increased family violence. In order to support organisations to continue to support acute and immediate needs, the Minister for Women, Hon Jan Tinetti, announced a COVID-19 Community Fund in 2021. Tui Trust is grateful to the Ministry for Women for assisting us with a grant that supported wāhine and kōtiro in the Waikato that were facing significant hardship in the communities we serve. Tui Trust supports wāhine and kōtiro on a referral basis until the end of 2022. This project is now complete.

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Through the Lens Project  

Launched in April 2020 the goal is to create impactful learning experiences through the use of AI technology and teach Te Reo Māori in a ‘magical and compelling way’. We are grateful to WEL Energy Trust, The Ministry of Social Development and the Lottery Grants Board who supported this Project.

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Video presentation of our Through the Lens Project.
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Promoting Hauora Project -  

After a year of research and development we launched this project in July 2020 to build culturally competent and resilient children. Our goal is to implement the well established Jumping Beans© Model tailored for Moko Club and then examine the influence of a Māori-centric physical activity programme on teachers’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and pedagogies towards physical literacy and nutrition within education centres.

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  Whānau Health Projects  

  • Reaching vulnerable whānau - a united response, project launched on May 7, 2020 in response to Covid-19 Lockdown Level 4. This project is supported by the Community Funders COVID-19 Collective Response Fund.

  • In 2022 the Waikato DHB has supported us by supplying FREE PPE supplies for us to distribute to whānau in the communities we support.

  • Sponsored by Jan Gatley and DV Bryant Trust the Winter Warmth project  (2019-2021) ensured tamariki at Moko Clubs had warm winter pyjamas and clothing.

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