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Tauola Business Fund

Tauola Business Fund

The Tauola Business Fund has now closed

The Tauola Business Fund was established as a key component of the Pacific Business Village initiative to provide capital investments for Pacific businesses outside of Auckland to increase regional productivity, scale up and participate in economic development projects.

The aims of the Tauola Business Fund were to:

  • Create employment pathways for Pacific peoples 
  • Improve Pacific peoples’ participation in the labour market
  • Demonstrate capability and capacity to increase productivity and stimulate growth
  • Strengthen Pacific-owned businesses to be more successful and sustainable
  • Increase resilience through the challenges of COVID-19

Applicants were able apply for up to $100,000 excl. GST and were required to contribute a minimum of 15% of the requested amount. 

Applications closed on Friday, 27 May, 2022. 

If you have any questions about the fund, please email [email protected].

About the fund

The aims of the Tauola Business Fund were to:

  • Create employment pathways for Pacific peoples 
  • Improve Pacific peoples’ participation in the labour market
  • Demonstrate capability and capacity to increase productivity and stimulate growth
  • Strengthen Pacific-owned businesses to be more successful and sustainable
  • Increase resilience through the challenges of COVID-19

Applicants were able apply for up to $100,000 excl. GST and are required to contribute a minimum of 15% of the requested amount.

The Fund has now closed.

The Tauola Business Fund closed at 9pm on Friday 27 May.

To be eligible, businesses had to:

  • Align with the Ministry for Pacific People’s Lalanga Fou Goal 2: Prosperous Pacific Communities.
  • Be a Pacific business located outside of Auckland.
  • Be a Pacific business operating commercially in New Zealand and be GST registered.
  • Be a limited liability and partnership business with a minimum of 50% Pacific ownership.
  • Commit to co-contributing 15% of the requested funding
  • Have a turnover of $60,000 per financial year.
  • Be trading for at least 12 months.
  • Provide an up-to-date business plan.
  • Provide 12 months financial statements.
  • Provide a business initiative proposal as outlined below. 

The Fund has now closed.

The Tauola Business Fund was available for initiatives that are aligned to (but not limited to) the following:

  • Build capacity and capability to create employment opportunities for Pacific peoples.
  • Demonstrate commitment to improving Pacific participation in the labour market.
  • Increase productivity, scale up, and job creation within 6 months of receiving the funds.
  • Build capacity and capability to participate in economic development projects in the regions.
  • Demonstrate good health and safety practices.

The Fund has now closed.

The Tauola Business Fund was not available for:

  • Businesses located in Auckland
  • A new business idea or a feasibility study. 
  • A financial subsidy for salaries and wages. 
  • Travel, accommodation, or fact-finding tours. 
  • Social housing (however, 3rd party construction and infrastructure contractors providing labour and equipment to the build may be eligible). 
  • Infrastructure: roads, bridges, power stations, water storage or supply (however, 3rd party construction and infrastructure contractors providing labour and equipment to the build may be eligible). 
  • New mineral or other exploration (but could expand or pivot an existing exploration business) 
  • Renovation or remediation of commercial buildings where the focus is not productive expansion and jobs. 
  • Programmes and activities delivered overseas including the NZ realm countries.
  • Digital capability and marketing, financial literacy, business mentorship, project management, Strategic and business Planning, Health and Safety and HR capability
  • Infrastructure, fixed assets, and capital expenditure.
  • Academic research and other academic activities.
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing.

The Fund has now closed.

Coming soon

If you need more information about the Tauola Business Fund, please email [email protected].

Fund recipients

List of recipients for the first round of Tauola Business funding are as follows:

Business name 

MPP Region

Regions 

Ethnicity

$ Approved (excl. GST) 

A & P Huahulu Ltd  

Central

Hastings  

Tongan

$85,340.00

Fair & Square Building Services Ltd  

Central

Wellington  

Samoan

 $69,100.20

Flying Geese Pro Ltd   

Southern

Christchurch   

Samoan

$25,286.79

Game Changer Inspiring Others Ltd  

Central

New Plymouth  

Samoan & Māori

$53,882.71

Isupps Wellington CBD  

Central

Wellington  

Cook Islands Māori

$18,866.20

Jitel Contracting Ltd  

Southern

Nelson  

Samoan

$68,729.49

King Furniture Movers Ltd  

Southern

Christchurch  

Samoan & Māori

$45,703.57

Laura Aileone Ltd

Southern

Christchurch  

Samoan

$45,041.50

MCL Contractors Ltd  

Northern

Northland 

Samoan & Māori

$79,086.96

Meth Test Canterbury  Ltd

Southern

Canterbury   

Cook Islands Māori, NZ European

$43,862.02

O Studio Ltd

Southern

Christchurch  

Cook Island Māori & Māori

$90,425.24

Polynesian Choice   

Southern

Christchurch  

Samoan

$75,503.85

Poporazzi Productions Ltd

Central

Wellington  

Samoan

$81,692.36

RPS Roof Painting Specialists 

Southern

Motueka  

Samoan

$64,289.56

Sefs Painting Service  

Central

Wellington   

Samoan

$70,084.57

Simply Staged Ltd  

Central

Rotorua   

Samoan & Māori

$44,200.00

SWET  

Central

Wellington  

Samoan

$75,715.45

Tokotoko Solutions Ltd  

Northern

Northland 

Samoan

$32,300.00

Wright Brothers Building Ltd   

Central

Masterton  

Cook Islands Māori

$76,314.00

Zenith Fitness  

Central

Palmerston North  

Samoan

$85,646.09

 

     TOTAL

$1,231,070.56