Waiho i te māhaka tī kia kore ai e motu Choose a fund to help you achieve your goals.

Bringing Investor Choice to our members has long been a goal for our scheme. We are creating options for all whānau – no matter your age, Whai Rawa savings balance or life stage. You can now choose a fund that better reflects your personal needs and risk appetite.

Make the choice
Choosing a more appropriate investment fund is an important decision and may have a significant impact on your investment... for your future education, whare or retirement. The Whai Rawa Unit Trust (the Scheme) is invested in Mercer Investment Trusts New Zealand’s Socially Responsible Conservative, Balanced and Growth Portfolio’s. The level of risk and return in each Portfolio correspond to your fund choice.
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Socially Responsible Funds
Socially Responsible means sustainable and ethical investments. We live on an increasingly ecologically-stressed planet and there is rising concern over the impact of companies on individuals, the environment and communities. There is also a growing movement of investors who recognise the connection between investment and real-world impact. Socially Responsible investors want their funds to reduce pollution or exploitation, and to invest in companies with high ethical standards.
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Supporting our whānau
Whai Rawa aims to play an important role in the future of Ngāi Tahu whānau, who are members of Whai Rawa, by supporting savings for three main kaupapa – tertiary education, home ownership and retirement. Also by supporting whānau to register tamariki and mokopuna, Whai Rawa can have a direct impact on the future Ngāi Tahu whānau and create better futures for the next generation.
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Ngāi Tahu Contributions
Take advantage of contributions to your account from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Since setting up Whai Rawa, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has contributed over $35 million in matched savings, distributions and associated tax credits. 
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Scheme Pānui May 2020

In the May edition of our Scheme Pānui, we cover the recent changes to the Whai Rawa scheme including our three Fund options and the current market situation, and we talk to our Investment Manager about risk appetite. We also introduce the new online member experience and show you some of the exciting new features and benefits of logging into your account online.

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FAQs - Investor Choice General
What is Investor Choice?

Traditionally, Whai Rawa Funds were invested in a Socially Responsible Conservative Fund. You can now choose between three Socially Responsible Fund choices for your investment– Conservative, Balanced or Growth. Each comes with its own level of risk.

What might be best for you might not be best for your tamariki. This is great opportunity to decide on whether you would like to switch Funds, or you can do nothing and remain in the Conservative Fund.

What is Te Puāwaitanga?

We’ve called our Investor Choice journey Te Puāwaitanga. It references the growth of the Scheme to three Funds, each with their own level of risk. Like a tree that takes years to grow, your investment will also be impacted by how long you save, your contributions, and local and global market activity.

What are the new Fund options?

You can now choose between three Fund choices for your investment– Conservative (Tōtara), Balanced (Mataī) and Growth (Rātā). You can choose a Fund that better reflects your needs and risk appetite.

On our Investor Choice journey we’ve associated South Island trees with each of our Funds. The associated trees reflect the characteristics of each Fund type.

Tōtara reflects our Conservative Fund.

Mataī reflects our Balanced Fund.

Rātā reflects our Growth Fund.

Are all the Funds Socially Responsible?

Yes, all Whai Rawa’s Fund portfolios are Socially Responsible.

FAQs - Investor Choice Switching
How do I switch Funds?

If you have not made a choice yet you can log in to your Whai Rawa account to take our risk quiz, make a fund choice or just look at the options. Visit to access your portal.


How do I know which Fund to choose?

The risk quiz may help you to better understand how your approach to risk translates to the investment options available to you. Answer 5 quick questions to find out which investment option could be right for you.

You can access this quiz through your member login, or go to



How do I switch my tamariki or mokopuna if I'm an account holder?

The same way as you will switch, you will need to login to their Whai Rawa account. Visit to access the portal.

What happens if I do nothing?

The default for members is the Conservative (Tōtara) Fund. Every member is currently in the Conservative (Tōtara) Fund and will remain there if they make no choice.

How can I split my funds between Investment options?

At this time, you can only invest 100% of your Funds and future contributions into one Fund type.

Does it cost anything to switch?

No, there is no charge to switch Funds at this time.

How long does it take to switch Funds?

Your Fund switch will be completed within 3 working days if you complete your switch online.

It can take up to 7 working days to process a paper switch form.

I still need more information to make a choice. What can I do?

Read the Whai Rawa Product Disclosure Statement which you can access online here

If you would like to seek qualified financial advice, visit the Financial Markets Authority website to view a list of registered financial advisors here. Please note this is not a subsidised benefit by Whai Rawa.

General Disclaimer

Whai Rawa Fund Limited is the issuer of the Whai Rawa Unit Trust. A copy of the Product Disclosure Statement is available at

Risk Quiz Disclaimer

We take no responsibility as to whether or not you complete our Risk Quiz before selecting a fund, and take no responsibility for checking that the fund you select matches the outcome of your Risk Quiz or that you have completed it correctly. The Risk Quiz does not provide investment recommendations or financial advice personalised to you.
Past performance should not be relied upon as an indicator of future performance. The information contained on this page is intended for general guidance only and is not personalised to you. It does not take into account your particular
financial situation or goals. Before making any investment decision, you should refer to the Product Disclosure Statement or consult an appropriately authorised adviser.