Mātauranga Māori Grants program recipients announced

E ngā mana o te motu, tēnā rā koutou katoa

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is pleased to announce the successful applicants of the 2021 Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants.


Conservationist works on a carving during taonga conservation of Tāne Whirinaki whakairo, Ōpotiki
Taonga conservation of Tānewhirinaki whakairo, Ōpotakiexpand/collapse

“It’s wonderful to see such a diverse range of projects supported through the Mātauranga Māori Grants Programme, says Ellen Andersen, Director/Kaiwhakahaere Tautiaki Taonga and Kaupapa Māori. 

“The opportunity to see these iwi-led heritage projects happening all around the country is very exciting for us as an organisation and we look forward to working with these iwi, hapū and hāpori Māori over the next year as they undertake their projects.”

Twenty grants of up to $25 000 each have been awarded to iwi, hapū and hāpori Māori projects which support revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori. 

Ten Ancestral Landscape grants support the retention and transmission of kōrero tuku iho as well as traditional practices within ancestral places in four broad areas: cultural mapping, maramataka, waka haerenga and kohatu.

Ten Māori Built Heritage grants support projects focused on revitalising vulnerable mātauranga Māori within four built heritage areas: traditional buildings, tārai waka, mahinga kai, and māra kai.

The grants are 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. Grant recipients are as follows:

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

  • Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust
  • Māoriland Charitable Trust
  • Tū Mai Ngāti Hokopū
  • Ōnuku Rūnanga 
  • Motuaruhe 3B1Trust
  • Nga Taonga o Hinerupe Limited
  • The Ngāi Tahu Archive 
  • Pare Hauraki Collective
  • Whangaroa Papa Hapū
  • Motuti Marae Trust

Whaihanga | Revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga

  • Te Mana o Te Aroha Limited
  • Te Toki Voyaging Trust
  • Ngāti Wai o Aotea Kawa Marae Trust
  • Waimārama Māori Committee
  • Maniapoto Maara Kai Roopu Trust
  • Ngāti Kuri Trust Board- 4th Generation
  • Stan Pardoe
  • Tānewhirinaki o Ngāti Ira
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao
  • Te Roopu Raranga Ki Rotorua
He mihi nui tēnei nā Pouhere Taonga ki a koutou katoa i tuku tono mai ki tēnei tahua putea, tēnā koutou katoa. 

More information about the Matauranga Māori grants funding is available here on our website.

- Niki Partsch