Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is one of eight government and cultural agencies taking part in this programme. The other agencies are Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Te Matatini, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs.
The programme, announced in Budget 2020, provides $20 million over two years to fund initiatives supporting iwi, hapū, whānau and hapori to safeguard at-risk mātauranga from the ongoing threat of Covid-19. It will be led by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
The country’s lead heritage agency has two key initiatives within the programme – revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga and Mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes.
"Both programmes resonate strongly with the Māori Heritage Council’s document Tapuwae," says Director Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Taonga and Kaupapa Māori, Dean Whiting.
"They are also underpinned by the organisation’s whakatauki which is 'Tairangahia a tua whakarere – Tātakihia ngā reanga o āmuri ake nei'. Translated, it means 'Honouring the past – Inspiring the future.
"We are delighted to have been allocated $2 million to focus on joint projects with iwi, hapū, marae hapori, tohunga, pūkenga and kaitiaki."
The revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga programme will focus on vulnerable areas of mātauranga, including place-based hanga whare mātauranga and practice (traditional arts and whare building construction), taonga and mātauranga related to mahinga kai, māra kai and waka.
The revitalising Mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes programme will focus on areas relating to wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna. Through pūkenga-led wānanga, project participants will explore the use of publications, on-site interpretation, cultural mapping and hīkoi to revitalise ancestral landscape histories, pūrakau and pakiwaitara.
Five fixed-term positions will soon be advertised to deliver the initiatives – a programme co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinator for each stream, and a fund developer for the programme as a whole.
More details will soon be available on the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga website (www.heritage.org.nz).
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga enquiries
Dean Whiting, Director Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Taonga and Kaupapa Māori
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage enquiries