Mātauranga Māori

We acknowledge that COVID-19 has had an impact on Māori communities, impacting tikanga and cultural expression.

Funding will go towards:

  • supporting iwi/Māori to protect their mātauranga and taonga at this vulnerable time
  • developing skills and employment pathways in the cultural sector for Māori.

Manatū Taonga has provided direct support of an additional $2.4 million to Te Matatini to deliver regional Kapa Haka competitions and the 2021 National Festival. 


In July the Te Matatini National Trust Board took the decision to postpone the Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival until 2022. Manatū Taonga are now working with Te Matatini to understand the impact of this decision and look at the best way to support them with their kaupapa of fostering, developing and protecting kapa haka.

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku funding

$20 million will be provided through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage over two years to support iwi, hapū and whānau, marae, and Māori communities to care for, preserve and regenerate the irreplaceable mātauranga that is central to Māori cultural identity.

We envisage funding will enable a wide range of mātauranga related initiatives to be supported.

More information

More information will be available in September 2020. 

Quick links to more funding

Updated on 9th September 2020