National support worker summit

Māhuri Tōtara

Mā te manaaki ā-taiao e torotika ai te tū o te māhuri tōtara

When the tōtara is nurtured by its environment, it matures with dignity.

Support workers in their myriad of roles are the sun’s rays, nature’s rain and the fertility of the soil that contributes to the wellbeing of the person being supported and uplifts their mana. It is this relationship, this connection, to the earth, sky and environment that nurtures the inherent potential and mana of the tōtara/tangata.

On 10 December 2018, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and Platform Trust will hold a national summit for support workers working in mental health and addiction at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

The purpose of the summit is to: 

  • increase the profile of the mental health and addiction support workforce
  • enable support workers to connect with each other, share ideas and learn new skills 
  • create opportunities for support workers to reflect on their practice
  • identify priority areas that might require more focused attention for the support workforce in 2019.  

There is no cost to attend, however registration is essential as spaces are limited. Register for the  national support worker summit now.

Travel and accommodation assistance grants

In order to assist support workers to attend, Te Pou has a limited number of travel and accommodation assistance grants to assist some organisations with the cost of their staff’s attendance at the summit.

Purpose of the travel and accommodation grant

The grant is intended to contribute towards travel and accommodation costs associated with support workers attending the summit. It is for summit participants whose usual place of work is more than 150km from Te Papa Museum. It is a contribution and is not intended to cover all costs.

The funding is limited, and all grant applications are subject to a competitive review process by a moderation panel. 

The travel and accommodation assistance grants are intended to assist anyone who:

  • is a support worker employed or contracted by an organisation to deliver mental health and addiction services, which is listed as current on the New Zealand companies register or charities register
  • is employed by an organisation, where their usual place of work is in an area more than 150km from the summit venue: Te Papa Museum in Wellington
  • will attend for the entire duration of the summit
  • is legally able to work in New Zealand.

Terms and conditions

All grants are subject to these terms and conditions

How to apply for a travel and accommodation assistance grant

Organisations employing or contracting support workers in mental health and addiction services are able to apply. To ensure an even spread across as many organisations as possible, only a maximum of three employees per organisation are able to apply.

Organisations can make an application for the grant via the Te Pou Grants Portal between 27 September 2018 until 12pm (midday), 19 October 2018

Apply through the Online Grants Portal here:

Grants portal

What is the timeline?

The online support worker grants portal will be open for applications from 27 September 2018 until 12pm (midday), 19 October 2018.  

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 5pm, 26 October 2018.   All decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Organisations approved to receive a grant will be provided a purchase order number and will need to provide an invoice for payment. 

How much is the grant? 

The grant amount is allocated depending on how far the summit participants have to travel, between their place of employment and Te Papa Museum, Wellington.  The indicative grants range is between $300-$500 per attendee.

As our travel and accommodation funding is limited, the amount per individual grant is an estimate only and may be reduced if we have more applications than anticipated.