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Matariki Ahunga Nui fund to support celebrations

Media release: 2 May 2023

The government is continuing to support iwi Māori working to regenerate and celebrate mātauranga Matariki, through its re-established Matariki Ahunga Nui Fund that was launched today.

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The fund, administered by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage under the guidance of Chief Advisor Mātauranga Matariki Professor Rangiānehu Mātāmua, is aimed at strengthening the understanding and promotion of mātauranga Matariki through the use of the Matariki principles, values, and themes which underpin Te Rā Aro ki a Matariki.

“Now is the time to start planning to participate in our uniquely Aotearoa public holiday that recognises mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori.  The purpose of this fund is to support Māori-led activities that celebrate mātauranga Māori in relation to Te Kāhui o Matariki,” Secretary and Chief Executive for Culture and Heritage, Leauanae Laulu Mac Leauanae said.

“I look forward to the high calibre of projects, initiatives and kaupapa that are creating the cornerstone of traditional and contemporary celebrations throughout our regions as we assist local communities that have continued to commemorate Matariki year after year,” Leauanae Laulu Mac Leauanae said.

“When you think about Matariki, you should think of going home to celebrate, feast, and spend time with whānau and friends, so I want to encourage applicants this year to call their people home,” Chief Advisor Mātauranga Matariki, Professor Rangi Mātāmua said.

“This fund is about strengthening relationships and bonds while honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki, gathering together to give thanks for what we have and to look forward to the promise of a brighter new year,” Professor Rangi Mātāmua said.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on 21 May 2023. 

To apply or for more information about the Matariki Ahunga Nui Fund please visit the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage website: 

Updated on 22nd May 2023