Te Puni Kōkiri works for Māori to be secure, confident and expert in their own language and culture.
Culture encompasses a wide range of things, from traditional and contemporary arts to cultural practices such as the gathering of kai moana. People’s affiliations to iwi, hapū, whānau and marae are important threads in the fabric of Māori culture.
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.
We support Māori to protect, sustain and grow their reo, taonga, mātauranga and tikanga. We want more people speaking Māori and for whānau, hapū and iwi to identify and pursue their cultural development priorities.
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Groundbreaking research on Māori urbanisation
A leading Māori health specialist Sir Mason Durie is praising what he is calling groundbreaking research into the impacts of urbanisation on Māori.
Rangatahi taking on big business
Māori secondary school students have shown off their flair for entrepreneurship in a series of successful workshops that have recently wrapped up.
Public sector brings it to the stage at Te Kōnohete 2017
Wellington’s Pipitea Marae was abuzz with Te Kōnohete in November, a kapa haka event where several government agencies take to the stage to celebrate Māoritanga.
On a PATH to Success
It has been nearly 25 years since Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa became the country’s first iwi and Māori health sports trust. Today, working with Whānau Ora, it continues to find new ways of helping whānau achieve their health and wellbeing goals.
“Her identity is more important to her than ever”
A proud father says a new programme to connect Christchurch rangatahi with their Māoritanga helped his teenage daughter regain strength after her brother died.