Mātauranga Māori Funding

As part of the Government’s Te Awe Kōtuku funding package, a $20m investment into the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector over a period of two years, Te Awe Kōtuku funding will support iwi, hapū, whānau and hāpori Māori to protect mātauranga Māori from the impact and the on-going threat of Covid 19. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has received a portion of this funding ($2 million) for a work program to support revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori within two areas: ancestral landscapes and Māori built heritage.

Second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants OPEN

Second round of grants

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is excited to announce the launch of a second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants. There are 12 grants of up to $25,000 available to marae, hapū, whānau and hāpori Māori for projects that support the revitalisation of Mātauranga Māori relating to Ancestral Landscapes and Māori Built Heritage. 


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Whaihanga | Revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga

Māori built heritage places are unique taonga in their construction and artwork expression. There are six grants available to support wānanga and/or hīkoi associated with traditional building practices, especially the architectural heritage of our marae.

Caring for these taonga can be a challenge requiring specialist knowledge in both traditional and modern preservation techniques. We recognise the importance of revitalisation and retention of vulnerable mātauranga Māori within these two areas.  We are excited to be able to support and assist whānau, marae, hapū, iwi, and hāpori Māori across the motu with projects that ensure the sustainability of mātauranga Māori.

Place-based wānanga may be developed for varied kaupapa which includes:

  •  the mātauranga surrounding traditional arts and whare construction
  •  mahinga kai
  •  māra kai, and 
  •  tārai waka.


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Ngā Riu o Ngā Tūpuna | Revitalising Mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes

Māori ancestral landscapes are a vital part of Te Ao Māori. We understand the importance of kōrero tuku iho and its place within iwi Māori. There are six grants available to support wānanga and/or hīkoi focused on the retention and transmission of korero tuku iho associated with ngā tapuwae o ngā tūpuna, wāhi tapu, and wāhi tūpuna.

The grants support retention and transmission of kōrero tuku iho as well as traditional practices within ancestral places in 

  • cultural mapping
  • maramataka
  • waka haerenga, and
  • kohatu.

Contestable Funding Applications for 2022

To apply for the 2022 grants, please download and complete the Expression of Interest form (writeable pdf).

Expressions of Interest may be submitted from 25 November until 20 December. Expressions of Interest close on 20 December 2022.

For more details see our Frequently Asked Questions for the Round Two Grants.

Questions or for more information

We are here to help. Try our FAQs or contact us via maraeheritage@heritage.org.nz.