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.

  • Historic Māori magazines get new lease of life online

    • Date: 11 June 2018

    New Zealanders will soon have more access to historic Māori magazines thanks to a new agreement between the National Library of New Zealand, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri.

    "The pages of Te Kaea, Tū Tangata and He Muka are filled with rich content that give us insight into Māori perspectives in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Seeing them all digitised and made available online will give those ideas and perspectives a new lease of life." says Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta. 

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  • New funding to support Māori Wardens work with disengaged rangatahi

    • Date: 16 May 2018

    $1 million in Budget 2018 has been set aside for Māori Wardens to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that will enhance their education and employment opportunities.

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  • New interim Māori Warden Warranting process ensures consistency throughout the motu

    • Date: 27 April 2018

    Mā whero mā pango ka oti ai te mahi

    With red and black the work will be complete

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  • “We want more people, speaking more Māori, in more places” says Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite. Image: Adrian Heke.

    Te Puni Kōkiri commends Council’s te reo Māori commitment

    • Date: 20 February 2018

    “I applaud Wellington City Council on its goal to make the Capital city, a te reo Māori city. Most people in the world, and certainly in the globe’s capital cities, speak at least two languages. We can do it too,” says Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite.

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  • Awatea Simeon, Matakaea Murphy, Taimana Kaa-Mackie

    Thriving in an authentic Māori learning environment

    • Date: 19 February 2018

    The aim of Te Pā o Rākaihautū is to nurture the whole person; a-tīnana, a-hinengaro, a-wairua, a-whānau so that they stand with strength, pride, passion and purpose.

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