Jan 27, 2021

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Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku

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Ko tā te Wānanga he maioha, ko tā te Maire he tāpiri, ko tā te Tapere he manako,
Ko tā te Tū Tauā he tiaki, ko tā te tangata he whai.

The house of knowledge grows intellect, the house of arts and crafts brings unity, the house of song and dance gives hope and aspiration, the house of weaponry brings courage and strength, the purpose for mankind is to succeed


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.

The pandemic has brought into sharp focus significant existing risks to mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge systems), which is central to Māori cultural identity and wellbeing, and of vital importance for Aotearoa.

This mātauranga is, in many cases, held by a small number of knowledge holders and arts practitioners – often kaumātua – who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Among the initiatives funded through Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku are wānanga and training programmes, as well as initiatives that increase access to mātauranga and taonga in national heritage collections. Within the $20 million programme there is also contestable funding, which will support new projects that protect and revitalise mātauranga Māori, including the $5.7 million Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund.

These initiatives are being coordinated by eight government and cultural agencies with specialist expertise around mātauranga and taonga Māori, and their preservation and conservation. These agencies will work in partnership with tohunga, arts practitioners and whānau, hapū and iwi, to deliver the initiatives across the motu.

The agencies involved in Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku are: Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Te Matatini and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs.


Initiatives funded through Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku

Below is a list of the diverse initiatives funded through Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku.

Most will begin in early 2021. More information on each initiative will be available on the coordinating agency’s website in the new year.

For general updates on Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku as well as the other initiatives in the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme being led by Manatū Taonga, you can subscribe to the programme newsletter.

Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund
Kapa haka regional wānanga
Application of Traditional Knowledge Labels to national documentary heritage collections (pilot)
Community digitisation wānanga of at-risk audio-visual taonga
Preservation and digitisation of Tangata Whenua Film series
Revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga
Revitalising Mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes (wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna)
Taonga conservation wānanga programme
Wānanga series on endangered mātauranga Māori practices
Virtual capture, access and tour of taonga
Recording and sharing of Taikura Kapa Haka regional performances
Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund
Protection and retention of critically endangered artforms – Tārai Waka
Protection and retention of critically endangered artforms – Taonga Pūoro
Protecting, nurturing and growing mātauranga toi in rohe
Continuation of Te Tai Whakaea Treaty Settlements Stories programme
Cultural agency internship programme
Development of guidance around protecting Māori content online


Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund

Coordinating agency: Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs

This new contestable Fund provides $5.7 million over two years to support iwi, hapū and whānau with projects that protect and revitalise mātauranga and taonga on marae.

It is designed to complement other funding available to marae such as the Oranga Marae programme and the Provincial Growth Fund. It has been developed in partnership between Manatū Taonga, Te Tari Taiwhenua and Te Puni Kōkiri.

It is anticipated the Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund will open for applications in late January 2021. Further information will be available in the new year on the Te Tari Taiwhenua funding website: www.communitymatters.govt.nz

Kapa haka regional wānanga

Coordinating agency: Te Matatini

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival 2021 has been postponed to 2022, leaving a gap in the kapa haka calendar. This gap has limited opportunities for transmission of mātauranga Māori amongst kapa haka communities. The Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku initiative will enable Te Matatini to provide financial support to the teams who qualified for the 2022 national festival. This funding will allow each team to host a series of wānanga to maintain momentum in their practise and the transmission of mātauranga through waiata, mōteatea, poi and haka, as well as support continued community participation and connectivity.

This initiative will complement funding allocated directly to Te Matatini through the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme to support a programme of 12 regional kapa haka ngahau (non-competitive) events in 2021.

More information: tematatini.co.nz 

Application of Traditional Knowledge Labels to national documentary heritage collections (pilot)

Coordinating agency: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

In partnership with Whakatōhea, Ngā Taonga will support a pilot programme applying Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels to taonga Māori held by Ngā Taonga and other cultural heritage institutions. TK Labels are an internationally recognised archiving tool, designed to help Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples assert their intellectual property rights; add important context to cataloguing; and ensure appropriate use of and access to their mātauranga and taonga.

More information: ngataonga.org.nz 

Community digitisation wānanga of at-risk audio-visual taonga

Coordinating agency: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

This wide-reaching community digitisation project is designed to save at-risk audio-visual material stored on magnetic media, which degrades over time. Ngā Taonga will provide training and field kits that iwi across the country can use to preserve their own audio-visual mātauranga for future generations.

More information: ngataonga.org.nz 

Preservation and digitisation of Tangata Whenua Film series

Coordinating agency: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga will undertake the preservation, digitisation and description of the iconic six-part television series Tangata Whenua (1974), as well as preserving and compiling the non-broadcast interviews footage. This project will be progressed in consultation with relevant kaitiaki, whānau, hapū and iwi.

More information: ngataonga.org.nz 

Revitalising Māori built heritage conservation mātauranga

Coordinating agency: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

This programme will focus on joint projects with iwi, hapū, marae hapori, tohunga, pūkenga and kaitiaki to support and revitalise vulnerable areas of mātauranga. These will include place-based hanga whare mātauranga and practice (traditional arts and whare building construction), taonga and mātauranga related to mahinga kai, māra kai and waka.  

These programmes will be delivered through pūkenga-led wānanga to develop practices and knowledge within community networks to retain, conserve and sustain mātauranga.

More information: heritage.org.nz 

Revitalising Mātauranga Māori in ancestral landscapes (wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna)

Coordinating agency: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

This programme will focus on joint projects with iwi, hapū, marae hapori, tohunga, pūkenga and kaitiaki to support and revitalise vulnerable mātauranga areas relating to wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna. Through pūkenga-led wānanga, project participants will explore the use of publications, on-site interpretation, cultural mapping and hīkoi to revitalise ancestral landscape histories, pūrakau and pakiwaitara.

More information: heritage.org.nz 

Taonga conservation wānanga programme

Coordinating agency: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa will coordinate taonga conservation wānanga with iwi, marae, hapū, whānau and Māori conservators from the museum sector. The initiative will empower iwi Māori as kaitiaki of their taonga and promote succession planning for the small pool of Māori conservators who work directly with iwi, hapū and marae.

More information: tepapa.govt.nz 

Wānanga series on endangered mātauranga Māori practices

Coordinating agency: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa will hold a series of wānanga for tohunga and emerging artists on endangered mātauranga Māori related to taonga in Te Papa collections, including toi moko, taonga raranga, toki, hīnaki and kākahu. This initiative will improve access and connection for iwi Māori to their taonga and mātauranga and support the revitalisation of these endangered artforms.

More information: tepapa.govt.nz 

Virtual capture, access and tour of taonga

Coordinating agency: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa will support two Iwi in Residence to develop and produce a virtual tour of their exhibitions, starting with Rongowhakaata and the exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata Ruku i te Pō, Ruku i te Ao, and digitally capturing an additional Iwi experience in 2021. The initiative will produce a digital record of the taonga and mātauranga in the exhibitions which will be provided to the Iwi in Residence, so that uri (descendants) can access the taonga and kōrero from their exhibitions where-ever they reside, beyond the term of the Iwi in Residence.

More information: tepapa.govt.nz 

Recording and sharing of Taikura Kapa Haka regional performances

Coordinating agency: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Taikura Kapa Haka is an annual celebration of haka and waiata, performed by kaumātua from across Aotearoa. Usually held at Te Papa during Matariki, COVID-19 brings uncertainty to this live event. This joint project between He Kura Te Tangata Trust, iwi and haahi groups will instead film performances by participating Taikura rōpū at their respective kāinga, for broadcast during Matariki in 2021 and 2022.

More information: tepapa.govt.nz 

Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund

Coordinating agency: Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand To Aotearoa

In February 2021, Creative New Zealand will open the Toi Ake – Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Fund, which makes available $940K over two years. This Fund will offer project funding to support marae, hapū, iwi, whakapapa-based rōpū and mātāwaka to protect, cultivate and retain mātauranga Māori related to heritage ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) and foster their distinctive arts and cultural practices.  

More information: creativenz.govt.nz 

Protection and retention of critically endangered artforms – Tārai Waka

Coordinating agency: Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand To Aotearoa

Led by tohunga, pūkenga and collectives of senior and emerging practitioners, this initiative will promote the retention and revitalisation of Tārai Waka (waka building knowledge), a critically endangered artform.  The programme is being developed by specialists in the building of waka and the generational transfer of mātauranga and skills pertaining to Tārai Waka.

More information: creativenz.govt.nz 

Protection and retention of critically endangered artforms – Taonga Pūoro 

Coordinating agency: Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Led by the Haumanu Collective, a national body of practitioners who work with Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori musical instruments), this initiative will support the revival which started in the early 1980s led by the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and many others to ensure the mātauranga, cultural and artistic practices associated with Taonga Pūoro can be retained and revitalised to flourish.

More information: creativenz.govt.nz 

Protecting, nurturing and growing mātauranga toi in rohe

Coordinating agency: Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Led by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, this initiative will protect, nurture and grow the mātauranga toi and ngā toi Māori within Te Tairāwhiti, with a specific focus on working with tohunga, pūkenga and emerging practitioners in rāranga, uku and whakairo. The Festival’s role as an organisation is to connect local artists with audiences, provide platforms for stories that need to be told, create spaces that uplift community, and curate moments packed with aroha.

Toi Ngāpuhi

Led by Toi Ngāpuhi, this initiative is designed to retain at-risk mātauranga related to whakairo and to build a foundation of pūkenga and practitioners of Te Taitokerau who hold this knowledge and mātauranga o ngā hapū o Ngāpuhi. Toi Ngāpuhi works across Te Taitokerau in the Far North through its broad networks to protect and revitalise the distinctive Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu cultural heritage, expressions and identity; improve hapū wellbeing through cultural expression; establish benchmarks of cultural integrity and authenticity; and foster talent and opportunity.

More information: creativenz.govt.nz 

Continuation of Te Tai Whakaea Treaty Settlements Stories programme

Coordinating agency: Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Te Tai is a digital storytelling programme that aims to increase understanding of the past by exploring Treaty settlements and their enduring impact. It preserves the stories of iwi and people who played key roles in settlements through audio-visual interviews, and publishes authoritative, accessible multimedia histories online. This funding will accelerate the pace at which Manatū Taonga and iwi are able to research and produce stories over the next two years.

More information: teara.govt.nz/en/te-tai 

Cultural agency internship programme

Coordinating agency: Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This programme will offer paid intern opportunities within our national cultural organisations. It will help create career pathways for Māori wishing to work in specialist roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector while increasing opportunities for iwi to access and identify taonga and mātauranga in national heritage collections.

More information about this programme will be published on the Manatū Taonga website in early 2021. 

Development of guidance around protecting Māori content online

Coordinating agency: Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This initiative will support the development of guidance around protecting Māori content online. More information will be published on the Mānatu Taonga website in early 2021.

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