Second round of funding available to revitalise and protect mātauranga Māori


E ngā mana nui, e ngā mana roa, e ngā mana whakatiketike, tēnei te tuku i ngā reo whakamīhā o Pouhere Taonga ki runga i ngā hau tāiki kia toro atu i āna whakamānawa ki ngā iwi o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa.

Following a positive first round of funding in 2021, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is excited to announce the launch of a second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants.

The grants come as part of the Government’s Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku program, which funds initiatives to safeguard at-risk mātauranga from the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Twelve grants of up to $25,000 each are 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.

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

Māori Built Heritage are unique taonga in their construction and artwork expression. A further six grants are 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, which are at risk of being lost if not supported.

"This is a great opportunity to support iwi Māori with projects to revitalise their vulnerable mātauranga Māori," says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Pou Whaihanga, Matene Simon.

"It’s part of a much bigger process, to re-awaken the life and essence of these aspects of Māori Built Heritage and Ancestral Landscapes to ensure that these heirlooms of treasure will reach the hands of the future generations."

Through the support of these grants Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga recognises the importance of revitalisation and retention of vulnerable mātauranga Māori within these two areas and are excited to have this opportunity again to continue to support and assist whānau, marae, hapū, iwi, and hāpori Māori across the motu with projects that ensure the sustainability of mātauranga Māori for present and future generations.


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

Whānau, iwi or hapū that have a project that would benefit from one of these grants can visit our website to find further information and the application form or contact the team at

Media contact:

Adrienne Hannan
Kaiwhakahaere Whakapā, Whakatairanga hoki | Manager Communications and Marketing
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
tel: 027 683 9065

Photo: a photo taken at Tānewhirinaki, a Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grant recipient is available to the media on request.