Behind every grant there is a story. Here we showcase both the grant projects and the ‘do-ers’. These are the people who contribute to our shared vision of children & families flourishing together in Aotearoa - Kia ora ngātahi ngā tamariki me ngā whānau i Aotearoa - Ola Manuia

See the stories of grants made in 2020 here.

For further information about all grants made click here.

In Good Heart

A collaboration between ASH NZ, the Heart FoundationHāpai te HauoraTala Pasifika and Pacific Heartbeat aims to improve heart health outcomes and reduce inequalities. 

Following a heart attack, 1 in 5 people in New Zealand are re-admitted to hospital or die within a year.  In addition, almost 50% of CVD events occur in people with a prior event Smoking is a major cause of these recurrent events.

The project will find better ways to support people at high risk of recurrent cardiac events  to become, and remain, smokefree. The project is fully funded by the MAS Foundation.

The first phase of the project will summarise the existing problem, define current practice, the scale of need, and identify the populations at most risk. It also includes collaboration with people at risk of early death – Māori and Pasifika, to better understand their experience of the health system and to reduce the barriers and enablers for change.

The project will report by the end of the year and will lead to a second phase project to pilot, test, scale and deliver appropriate tools.

ASH New Zealand

ASH is supported to facilitate ‘smoking, inequity and heart health’ project aimed at tackling the unmet needs of heart disease patients who smoke especially Māori and Pasifika.

The project investigates and produces a quantitative analysis of the problem to define the scale of need and identify the populations of most interest. It works with high-risk populations such as Māori and Pasifika to better understand their patient journeys, experiences of the health and disability systems and to unpack the barriers and enablers for change.

ASH NZ is the lead and coordinating agency working with other partners consisting of the Heart Foundation, Hāpai te Hauora, Pacific Heartbeat of the Heart Foundation and Tala Pasifika.

Foureyes Foundation

MAS Foundation partners with Foureyes Foundation to extend the reach of its equitable eye care for children who are most impacted by vision inequity.

Ravi from Foureyes Foundation wearing multiple pairs of glassesFoureyes Foundation was founded by optometrist Ravi Dass in 2016 to help tamariki by removing barriers to eye care. Its collaborative partners in community clinics and communities that need them the most receive free vision screening, eye testing, and glasses are provided for those kids who need them.

Prior to setting up Foureyes Foundation, while working as an optometrist, he met children who had slipped through the system. He knows that Foureyes Foundation operates within this system, and that a lever such as free glasses – has a wider ripple effect in the system.

Katoa Limited

MAS Foundation supports Katoa Limited with a kaupapa Māori co-designed and whānau-led pilot project and evaluation in Wairoa, the Hawkes Bay region.

The proposal emerged and developed collaboratively with community in response to growing concerns with increased community issues (including gang violence and drugs) impacting mental health and wellbeing. The pilot 7-day strengths-based wānanga looks to involve 50 rangatahi to provide education, skills, and develop a movement of local Future Leaders championing wellbeing to break the cycle of dependency on gangs and drugs and give kaumātua a break from looking after their mokopuna. This pilot project has a strong collaboration and partnership approach with sustainable positive and mutual partnerships that exist with community organisations including local Kura Kaupapa and Kaumātua groups. The community group have an awareness of the wider systems issues pertaining to youth wellbeing in their community.

Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga - Crisis Pregnancy Support

Support has been provided for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga - Crisis Pregnancy Support to provide general support for their clients.

Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga - Crisis Pregnancy Support is a registered charitable trust with an ongoing vision to see vulnerable women who find themselves in an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, in the wider Nelson community supported emotionally and practically. An example of this may be that a woman is homeless and that her overwhelming crisis can’t be fully explored until she has the practical need met of where she is sleeping that night or in the next week.

Helensville Birthing Centre

The Helensville Birthing Centre is located in northwest Auckland providing care and services that promote long term positive psychological wellbeing of māmā, optimal care and nutrition for tamariki and therefore long-term positive health outcomes for whānau.

MAS Foundation supports the centre to deliver its Peer Support Education Course.

Pacific Youth Development Programme (PACYFIC Trust)

PACYFIC Trust provides wellbeing support for teenage girls across Aotearoa providing education and resilience skills during annual camps, grounded in a holistic approach to wellbeing embracing Te Whare Tapa Wha framework, PACYFIC Trust.

Supported by a committed team of qualified health professionals with over 80 years collective experience, MAS Foundation supports the delivery of camps primarily for Pasifika and Māori teenage girls which is supported by loner-term mentoring programme.

PADA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa

MAS Foundation supports Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA), a non-government organisation working to improve outcomes for mothers to be, new mothers and their families and whānau who are affected by mental illnesses related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Its mission is to eliminate the stigma around perinatal mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand by championing awareness and facilitating best practice in perinatal mental health and wellbeing to ensure all families and whānau have access to appropriate information and support.

MAS Foundation supports PADA with its annual networking day bringing representatives from mental health community support groups from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand not only to network but to receive effective and up-to-date best practice models of care.

PATHA - Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa

PATHA is an interdisciplinary professional organisation, which works to promote the health, wellbeing, and rights of transgender people. Its vision is that all transgender people have full access to appropriate healthcare, and that all healthcare providers have access to information and resources which enable them to provide appropriate healthcare.

MAS Foundation supports the PATHA symposium that brings people together for interactive sessions on research and clinical practice in the field of transgender health. Many of the professionals working actively in this field are dispersed around the motu, and it can be isolating and challenging work for both community workers and clinicians. The Symposium is an important space to build networks and connection for those working in this field.


MAS Foundation supports RainbowYOUTH, a charity that provides peer support, information and advocacy for intersex, queer, takatāpui and gender diverse youth aged 12-27 to evaluate its Online Support Service developed during the 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown.

The organisation is primarily community-led, run by and with LGBQTI+ people and it is part of a large LGBQTI+ collective advocating for legislative change that impacts the wellbeing of their community.

RainbowYOUTH has a longstanding Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment and a focus on Wellbeing equity for young LGBQTI+ peoples applying a strengths-based model and striving to work in a holistic framework that considers hauora, resilience, cultural identities and individual journeys.

Rongopai House Community Trust

MAS Foundation supports Rongopai House Community Trust with its work in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Māori and others in the Far North.

Rongopai House is a faith-based charity, established by St Saviours Anglican Church which works to confront the multifaceted challenges of domestic violence, child and sexual abuse and drug and alcohol abuse within the Far North community. They journey alongside whānau, working to build homes that are free from violence, addiction and poverty.

SIAOLA – Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust

Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust (SIAOLA) is a social service based in Auckland, helping Pasifika people nationally with a special focus on Tongan people and their families.

MAS Foundation supports SIAOLA’s ‘Family Wellbeing Navigator’ to help Pasifika families navigate the health system, referring them to Pacific Health and social service providers. They also support family wellbeing by distributing food parcels and assisting with the covid vaccination roll out.

South Seas Healthcare Trust

MAS Foundation supports this ‘weaving’ pilot project and evaluation with South Seas, a Pacific health and social services provider based in Otara, South Auckland. The organisation has an awareness of the wider systems issues pertaining to the health and wellbeing of Māori and Pasifika teenage mothers in their community.

The Pacific Weaving for Wellness project works with Māori and Pasifika teenage mothers who are marginalised, providing intergenerational fellowship and support of cultural identity journey. The weaving group initiative is looking at filling a gap and establishing a well-knitted and trusting group of teenage mothers for much more long-term relationships.

Te Tūahū a Hine Wānanga by Davina Thompson (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa)

MAS Foundation supports this wānanga led by Davina, a community leader, a traditional Māori healer, a former national touch rugby representative and a PhD candidate who recently completed her master’s thesis investigating the history of Maramataka Māori and its application, including as a wellbeing hauora model within Te Ao Turoa.

The wānanga aims to revive traditional mātauranga Māori and practices such as wahinetanga - ceremonies, (ruahine, te maioha, kohine), mātauranga Māori (maramataka, fertility, ira mareikura) within the being of hine Māori.

As a Maramataka practitioner Davina is joined by other Māori Wahine practitioners and supporting roopu to share knowledge to enhance the wellbeing of wahine Māori. The wananga is followed up with an online network. Evaluation of the wānanga is captured at the end of the wānanga.

Waitaha Primary Health

MAS Foundation supports Waitaha Primary to continue running its breastfeeding support groups across Christchurch.

The groups bring breastfeeding mothers together with an aim to improve the breastfeeding experience and outcomes for Māori and Pasifika communities, along with young mothers and those who live remote rurally. Breastfeeding peer supporters provide immediate support and if the issue is beyond the scope of the supporter, a referral is made to the lactation consultant service.