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.

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku 

The Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme provides $20 million over two years to fund at least 18 diverse initiatives which will support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to safeguard at-risk mātauranga from the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Read more about these initiatives in te reo Māori or English.


Support for Te Matatini

In Budget 2020 the Government committed an additional $2.43 million to Te Matatini to assist with their 2020/2021 kapa haka programme. This included $2 million to support the national 2021 Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival, and $430K to reimburse rohe (regions) for unrecoverable costs associated with 2020 competitions which were impacted by COVID-19.

In July 2020, Te Matatini National Board made the decision to postpone the national festival until 2022, due to the risks to the welfare of kaumātua and whānau posed by COVID-19 and in line with their ‘Tiaki whakapapa’ response.

On October 29, Te Matatini announced that the programme of 12 regional kapa haka ngahau events will replace the 2021 national festival.  These non-competitive events will support whānau and communities to foster and celebrate kapa haka within their rohe. This revised approach reduces the risks associated with travel and large gatherings while at the same time allowing for broad participation.

The funding allocated to support the 2021 national festival as part of the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme will instead support this series of regional kapa haka ngahau events.

More information: tematatini.co.nz/


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Updated on 31st March 2021