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Te Ringa Manaaki :
The charitable arm of NorthAble

Te Ringa Manaaki

Caring Hands

Te Ringa Manaaki means 'Caring Hands' and is the charitable funding arm of NorthAble.

Te Ringa Manaaki was created with the purpose to provide support for people  living with a disability in Northland.

Contributing to the wellbeing of our tāngata whaikaha and their whānau by providing funding for projects, activities and assistive equipment that are not eligible to be funded through other means.

Funding can be used for activities such as  further study, mentoring programmes,  purchasing accessibility items for the home or community or assistance to access the community for a range of activities.


Those eligible will need to meet all these criteria:

  • Have a long-term disability.
  • Be resident in Te Taitokerau.
  • Not be eligible for funding from other sources including MoH, ACC, Te Whatu Ora Te Taitokerau or WINZ.
  • Have a genuine need who are unable to fund the relevant opportunity or equipment themselves.
  • Note: If you are unsure, if you meet all those eligibility criteria, check with your Service Facilitator or our Pathway Finder.

Real Results

Supporting creative endeavors

Not only can our support funds be used for further study, mentor programs and accessibility items; but we also help fund community projects and activities.

One of our recent fund recipients was Liam Martyn Astbury (pictured on the left). Liam used the funds to host a gallery showcase of his artwork at Megan Dickinson gallery. The night was a roaring success with many local artists coming out in support.

If you have similar ideas or endeavors you need funding for, contact us for more info or apply below.

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete Application on-line and submit to Te Ringa Manaaki Charitable Trust Sub-Committee for review.

Step 2

Application considered by Te Ringa Manaaki Sub-Committee who will send their recommendation on to NorthAble Matapuna Hauora Board of Trustees for their decision.

Step 3

Applicant will be notified of the Board of Trustees decision by phone and/or email.

Step 4

Funds are allocated as appropriate.

Step 5

Te Ringa Manaaki Sub-Committee to follow-up successful applicants as appropriate and report back to the Board.

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Application Form

Application for funds from Te Ringa Manaaki

NB Only applications to the maximum value of $5,000 will be considered.

Request details and how this will benefit you

Please tell us exactly what you need and its cost.

Education support
Support to engage in/ participate in your community

Amount requested

Please include quote (s) / relevant details for the amount requested. All for the amount requested. All supporting documentation for this application can be sent to

Terms and conditions

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Recent Recipients

Below are some of the latest recipients of Te Ringa Manaaki grants.

New Bike for the farm

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Bryn has a way to enjoy the sunshine and spend more time with his dad.

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Bryn enjoying some much-needed sunshine and fresh air on his new bike! Riding has been a great activity for Bryn to bond with his dad over. Bryn has also cleared a path around the house, so he can ride circuits when Dad is not home. Bryn suffers from low muscle tone and high anxiety, so being outside and riding through the countryside, is a very therapeutic activity for him.

Life changing learning

Recipient |
2Enable School

2Enable school is a volunteer afterschool care program that needed a helping hand

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Our latest Te Ringa Manaaki Grant recipient out the money to good use purchasing learning supplies for their after school care team.

Now they can really give their students the support the need to really excel in their schooling.

Improved accessibility for local group doing good

Recipient |
Jane Goodall

The Goodall Group needed a new wheel ramp to help their clients access their services

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Goodall group doing good.

The Goodall group have been helping the disabled with their services for many years now but found their current wheelchair ramp was falling apart and becoming dangerous.

Te Ringa Manaaki helped the Goodall Group build a new ramp and widen a few areas inside the office to make the workspace more accessible for workers and clients.