Gift of the Gulf

Learn more about our special Hauraki Gulf Innovation. This fund is open all year round and accepting applications now.

Foundation North has created a special Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund, G.I.F.T, that is worth $5 million dollars over five years.


The purpose of the fund is to encourage breakthrough insights, innovations and solutions to the complex environmental issues facing the Hauraki Gulf. 

Foundation North has a long history of supporting conservation projects and the new innovation fund builds on the collaborations and conservation work already happening in the Gulf.

Please note that the usual Foundation North funding criteria do not apply to these grants. 

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Go on, give the Gulf your great idea for generations to enjoy! 

That's your G.I.F.T!


Watch our digital interviews

Could a high-value, low-impact fishery help restore the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf?

Part 1: Richelle Kahui-McConnell is part of a team from Envirostrat undertaking a feasibility study, funded by the Foundation North GIFT programme, on the potential for a high value, low impact fishery in the Hauraki Gulf.

In part one of a three part interview series with the Envirostrat team, Richelle explains the need for this work in the Hauraki Gulf.

Is a high-value, low-impact Hauraki Gulf fishery feasible?

Part 2: We talk to Dr Nigel Bradly of Envirostrat on the potential for a high-value, low-impact Hauraki Gulf fishery. Nigel is leading a team doing a feasibility study on the subject. The study is funded by a grant from The Gulf Innovation Fund Together; G.I.F.T - a $5 million Foundation North fund to ignite innovation to improve the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf.





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