Rongo Kirkwood

Pouhere Pūtea / Strategic Grants Advisor


Rongo Kirkwood is of Ngāti Mahuta descent, and draws strength from her whanau, hapū and iwi. 

She works closely with community and iwi groups that are seeking Trust Waikato funding. Rongo also delivers marae-based funding workshops throughout the Waikato region. 

Having completed her degree in te reo Māori and Māori development, Rongo was drawn to work for Trust Waikato, due to the opportunities it presented for “helping make the Waikato a great place to live, work and play”. 

“I’m particularly interested in rangatahi, whānau and kaumātua initiatives that support and future-proof the aspirations of iwi within the region,” says Rongo. 

Rongo is the Chair of the Māori Advisory Committee of Philanthropy New Zealand.  

You can contact Rongo for funding information and advice at or phone 0800 436 628.

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