Te Puni Kokiri

Language preference: Māori English

Language preference: Māori English

Haere mai,
Nau mai

Haere mai Nau mai

Te Puni Kōkiri means a group moving forward together. As the name implies, we seek to harness the collective talents of Māori to produce a stronger New Zealand.

Te Reo Māori

Te reo Māori remains a crucial cultural asset for Māori and is protected under the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Puni Kōkiri has a lead role in the government’s efforts to support the revitalisation of the Māori language.

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Māori ICT Development Fund

Supporting projects that improve digital literacy and encourage Māori in ICT.

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Te Pū Harakeke Fund

The Te Pū Harakeke Fund is the new approach to be more responsive to all local level funding requests from whānau, hapū, iwi and community groups to Te Puni Kōkiri.

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Support for Māori housing initiatives

The Māori Housing Network has been set up to provide information, advice and practical support for whānau, hapū and iwi initiatives, to improve and develop whānau housing. 

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Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform

Te Ture Whenua Māori is being reviewed to make it easier for Māori land owners to use and develop their whenua to meet their aspirations and retain their land.

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Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora is an approach to achieving better outcomes for whānau and families in need by empowering whānau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individuals and their problems.

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Key events

Call for Expressions of Interest for Public Art Responses

  • Date: 17 November 2015 to 04 December 2015

Waka Landing Site Artwork Project: Nelson. Expressions of interest are sought from artists to create an original art work for the bank of the Maitai River.

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Updating the Education Act 1989 – Have your say!

  • Date: 30 November 2015 to 14 December 2015

Public consultation is open to update the Education Act 1989. Consultation runs until 14 December 2015

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PKW Taranaki - tertiary grants & scholarships 2016

  • Date: 01 December 2015 to 31 March 2016

2016 Tertiary Grants and Scholarships for Taranaki Māori

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Māori Language Act 1987

The Māori language is known as te reo Māori or simply te reo (the language). It is the language of the Māori people of New Zealand. Te reo Māori is an official language in New Zealand, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language. It was made official in 1987.

This clip from Te Karere highlights the passing of the Maori Language Act 1987. The item notes that there were three main parts of the act: to make te reo Māori an official language, to allow te reo to be used in legal proceedings and to establish the Māori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori) to advocate for te reo. Minister for Māori Affairs Koro Wetere notes that the chiefly language from the ancestors, te reo Māori, has had its mana recognised with New Zealand.

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Importance of te reo revitalisation highlighted

At her inaugural lecture held at Victoria’s Te Herenga Waka Marae, Professor Higgins’ described the current position of te reo in New Zealand as ‘static’

Only one in five Māori can speak te reo’ are the kind of statistics that highlight the danger of the language being lost, says Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Rawinia Higgins.

At her inaugural lecture held at Victoria’s Te Herenga Waka Marae, Professor Higgins’ described the current position of te reo in New Zealand as ‘static’.


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Ka mahi te ringaringa aroarohaki taua

The hand which quivers in the face of the enemy is to be admired