Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) Fund

Funding dates for 2024 are:

Opens 01 August 2024 and closes at 4.30pm on 31 August 2024.

About the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account Fund:

The Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) is managed under the Mangawai Lands Empowering Act 1966 [sic].  MELA was created on dissolution of the Mangawhai Harbour Board, which had significant assets in the Mangawhai area. On dissolution, the cash and income from land assets not transferred to the Northland Harbour Board for port purposes, were invested to provide grant funding for county purposes that benefit or tend to benefit the district (that being a defined area).  
Some key assessment criteria

  1. The project or service that the funding is requested for must meet the criteria under the Mangawai Lands Empowering Act 1966 [sic]:
    Funds must benefit or tend to benefit the district, that being a defined area (see map);
    In keeping with the Act, applications that enhance and/or protect the Mangawhai Harbour and surrounds will be given more favourable consideration.
  2. Applicants’ principal functions and/or activities must be of a not‑for‑profit nature.
  3. The service or project proposed is not already provided by another group or agency.

The 2022 funds were awarded to the following applicants:

Applicant Purpose Awarded
Mangawhai Activity Zone
Outside canopy, water tank and pressure pump, filter unit, isolation valve and cost of installation, Hybrid G9 Dual filtration unit
Mangawhai Community Gardens Pizza oven, oven base tools and door $2,500.00
Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Surf   
Lifesaving Club  
Rhino blinds
Mangawhai Tennis Club Maintenance and grooming tennis courts, new upgrade to main gate $5,370.50
Te Whai Community Trust Deck canopy and installation of cabin side $12,720.00
  Total granted  $43,873.50

The 2021 funds were awarded to the following applicants:


Purpose Awarded
Mangawhai Activity Zone  
Artificial turf care and maintenance
Mangawhai Activity Zone  
Star shade structure
Mangawhai Museum and Historical Society Inc.
 Humidity and temperature readers
Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc
Contribution towards removal of existing stairs and landing off deck, cast 2 poles for new landing, construct new landing and realign opening in balustrade, supply and install new closed riser stair and reinstate balustrading to match existing break out redundant concrete footings and lay new concrete slab
Mangawhai Library Hall Trust
Contribution towards men's and ladies toilet cubicles and auto flush urinal 
Rotary Satellite Club of Maungaturoto-Mangawhai
Contribution towards flat bed 4.3m trailer and purchase and delivery of a 20 foot shipping container (boat storage) 
Mangawhai Shed Inc.       
Contribution towards internal wiring and connection of power to workshop
Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust
Contribution towards croft timber poles and anzor fasteners
Total granted