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Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund

Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund

The Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund has now closed

The Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund was set up for existing small and medium sized Pacific businesses in the regions to stimulate growth and thrive in response to the impacts of COVID-19.

The aims of Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund are to:

  • Increase productivity and jobs creation.
  • Improve Pacific peoples’ participation in the labour market.
  • Increase participation of Pacific businesses in economic development projects in the regions.
  • Support the scaling up of Pacific businesses to transition and diversify and create jobs.
  • Strengthen more successful and sustainable Pacific-owned businesses.
  • Strengthen the resilience of Pacific businesses to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Applicants were able to apply for up to $100,000 and required to contribute a minimum of 20% of the requested amount.

Applications closed at 5pm, 25 March 2022.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

About the fund

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Align with MPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Prosperous Pacific Communities
  • Be a Pacific business located in regional New Zealand outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
  • Be a Pacific Business operating in commercially in New Zealand and are GST registered
  • Be a limited liability and partnership business with a minimum of 50% Pacific ownership or
  • Be a sole trader with full Pacific ownership.
  • Have a turnover of $70,000 per financial year.
  • Be trading for at least 12 months.
  • Provide an up-to-date business plan.
  • Provide 12 months audited financial statements.
  • Demonstrate capacity and capability to create employment opportunities for Pacific peoples.
  • Demonstrate commitment to improving Pacific participation in the labour market.
  • Demonstrate that funding will increase productivity and job creation within 3-6 months of receiving the funds.
  • Demonstrate funding will build capacity and capability to participate in economic development projects in the regions.
  • Demonstrate that funding to purchase equipment will lead to creation of jobs for Pacific peoples.
  • Demonstrate good health and safety practices.

*Pacific ownership is defined by people of Pacific descent.

Check out frequently asked questions for the Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund

The Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund is available for Pacific business project or initiative that: 

  • Aligns with MPP’s Lalanga Fou Goal: Prosperous Pacific Communities
  • Increases productivity and jobs creation.
  • Improves Pacific peoples’ participation in the labour market.
  • Increase participation of Pacific businesses in economic development projects in the regions.
  • Support the scaling up of Pacific businesses to transition and diversify and create jobs.
  • Strengthens more successful and sustainable Pacific-owned businesses.
  • Strengthens the resilience of Pacific businesses to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
  • Can commit to co-contributing 20% of the requested funding

Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 and are required to contribute a minimum of 20% of the requested amount.

Check out frequently asked questions for the Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund

The Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund is not available for:

  • A 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.
  • Wages, salaries, infrastructure and fixed assets.
  • Academic research and other academic activities.
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing. 

Check out frequently asked questions for the Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund

If you need more information about the Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund, email [email protected]

Check out frequently asked questions for the Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund