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Hoe ki angitū – Waka Kotahi Innovation Fund has been set up by Waka Kotahi to support the private sector to develop and accelerate innovative solutions that will help to solve some of our biggest transport challenges. While digital technology is likely to be a big part of innovation we are just as interested in applying traditional knowledge in new ways.

Aotearoa New Zealand has a number of transport challenges. These need to be urgently addressed if we’re to evolve our land transport system to be a safer, more environmentally friendly, accessible, and better-connected transport system that keeps people and goods moving.

Hoe ki angitū is about paddling to opportunity. Hoe (the paddle) is our symbol for Mahia or doing the work, and represents opportunity, work, and success. Hoe ki angitū is encouraging communities to pick up a paddle, bring their ideas, and work alongside us to help shape the future of our land transport system.

With $15 million allocated over two years, Hoe ki angitū will support a range of private sector innovators and innovations at various stages of the innovation cycle, to develop solutions that have the potential to deliver real impact for our transport system.

Although this is a fund, one of the key features of Hoe ki angitū will be the assistance that the programme will provide to the project including access to data, transport expertise, help to navigate Waka Kotahi and land transport regulation, as well as the identification of suitable environments for real-world testing of solutions.

Funding is not available to central or local government, but private sector initiatives that are already working in partnership with local government may be eligible for funding.

Eligibility and how to apply

Objectives of the Fund

Hoe ki angitū has been set up to:

  • Catalyse the actions needed to solve some of our most critical transport problems
  • Enable innovators with the capabilities they need, but cannot access on their own
  • Accelerate innovation by breaking down barriers and providing support across the transportation ecosystem  

Key dates

  • Applications open: 7 June 2022
  • Applications close: 5pm on 4 July 2022

Frequently asked questions

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