Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account - MELA

Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) grants are made for the benefit of Mangawhai Harbour and surrounding land from the investment income from this fund.  MELA is managed under the Mangawai Lands Empowering Act 1966 (sic).  

Applicants must demonstrate:
  • That the project benefits Mangawhai;
  • That the project meets the relevant criteria;
  • That they are a community organisation and there is a volunteer component to the project.
Criteria for Grants:
a) Assistance will only be given where the project or service the funding is requested for is as allowed under the Act. The Act states that:

a. It must be used for Council purposes;
b. It must benefit or tend to benefit the lands; and
c. The lands are defined as the original endowment lands (Mangawhai Heads, The Spit and Tern Point) and land adjacent to the Harbour.

b)  Assistance will only be available for organisations located within or providing benefits within the Mangawhai district defined in a), whose principal functions and/or activities are of a not-for-profit nature.
c)  Applications will be considered on merit and benefit to the community and/or natural environment.
d) The service or project proposed is not already provided by another group or agency.
e) Organisations to be registered as an Incorporated Society or under the umbrella of one.
f)  Only one grant per organisation will be available in any financial year.

An application form can be found here.  

Please email completed applications to: or post them to: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340.

Once applications close, staff review applications against criteria and the Funding Committee meet to make their decisions.  Following this applicants are notified of the outcome. 

For more information about previous or upcoming meetings please use the below links.

For information on MELA contact Annie van der Plas on 0800 727 059 or email


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 3123


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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