The Generator

The Generator is a four-year pilot programme, set up to empower people, whānau and communities to help make their dreams a reality and develop financial independence.

Offering start-up seed funding to turn bright ideas into successful, small business enterprises, the partnership between Emerge Aotearoa and Vaka Tautua, provides a "hand up" rather than a "hand out".

Funded by the Ministry of Social Development, the initiative was launched by Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni in October 2019. It is active in Auckland, North Waikato, Porirua, Whanganui and Tairawhiti.

So, what's the process?

Once you've applied through The Generator's online platform, Emerge Aotearoa will help connect you with your local community generator to start brainstorming ideas. From there they'll help you build your proposal, calculate funding and prepare a list of tasks to make the mahi happen. As you set to work bringing the project to life, your community generator will tick off the requirements as you go. When everything's complete, you receive your funding.

The Generator is a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development, Emerge Aotearoa and Vaka Tautua.

Applicants wanting to take advantage of opportunities offered by The Generator, can apply through an online platform at The Generator website