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.

The successful applications for the 2021 grants have been announced.  Find out more here

Mātauranga Maori grant funding
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Delivery of the Mātauranga Māori programme

Each individual stream will deliver four pou here wānanga, and ten pou arataki wānanga. The pou here wānanga is a forum that engages with pūkenga of the chosen themes to co-design pou arataki wānanga. These are practical wānanga that are intended to be accessible for whānau, hapū and iwi to attend, and are designed to ensure the retention and sustainibility of mātauranga Māori.

Heritage New Zealand has a contestable grant for both the ancestral landscapes and Māori built heritage themes. The contestable grants will be accessible to all iwi, hapū, and hāpori Māori. There are also 4 internships available within the programme. We are committed to this programme and are dedicated to ensuring that these heirlooms of treasure will reach the hands of the future generations.

Read the overview of the programme (pdf, bilingual).


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Whaihanga | Revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga

This programme and the associated ten small grants will focus on collaborative projects with iwi, hapū, marae hapori, tohunga and kaitiaki to support and revitalise vulnerable areas of mātauranga relating to built forms. Delivery of the programme will be through pūkenga-led wānanga to develop practices and knowledge within community networks.

Place-based wānanga will 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

This programme and the ten associated grants will focus on collaborative projects with iwi, hapū, marae hapori, tohunga and kaitiaki to support and revitalise mātauranga relating to wāhi tapu and wāhi tūpuna.

Delivery of the programme will be through pūkenga-led wānanga, research, on-site interpretation, cultural mapping and hīkoi to revitalise ancestral landscape histories, pūrakau and pakiwaitara.  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

The Matauranga Maori grant awardees for 2021 have been announced.

Applications will be open again in 2022.


Questions or for more information

We are here to help. Try our FAQs or contact the programme's Pou Taituarā:

Sophia Newton
tel: (04) 494 8036
email: SNewton2@heritage.org.nz.