Te Puni Kōkiri works for Māori to be skilled, learned and innovative.

Increasing Māori skills will increase incomes and will enable Māori to have greater control over their lives and more freedom to carve out their own paths with fewer constraints on their choices.

Skills and learning benefits individuals, their whānau and communities, and in turn, the New Zealand economy.

We look at how Māori can acquire skills and knowledge, with an emphasis on increasing Māori achievement of higher-level qualifications.

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Caption: Rhianne Tarau pictured in a Mana College science classroom, April 2019. Photo by Adrian Heke.

    A kōtuku amongst the stars

    • Date: 12 April 2019

    Rhianne Tarau is a step closer to achieving her dream of being the first wahine Māori astronaut after being accepted on to the NASA-based US Space Camp.

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  • Rangatahi plays new virtual reality game Puni Reo Pāhekoheko - ASB Polyfest 2019.

    Virtual reality game developed to activate te reo Māori in sports

    • Date: 14 March 2019

    Puni Reo Pāhekoheko is a Māori language virtual reality game aimed at encouraging the use of te reo Māori in sports.

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  • Pae Aronui: A new initiative that supports rangatahi to thrive

    • Date: 20 December 2018

    “We are seeking innovative approaches to enhance learning and earning outcomes for rangatahi Māori aged 15-24 through a new initiative, Pae Aronui,” Te Puni Kōkiri spokesperson Nicky Birch announced today.

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  • Harvesting manuka trees at Maungaroa Station, Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty.

    Developing Māori leaders in an emerging market on their own land

    • Date: 27 June 2018

    New Zealand Manuka Group is a medium-sized Whakatāne-based primary industry business operating in partnership with Māori land owners in the Bay of Plenty to produce manuka oil straight from manuka trees being grown on Māori owned land.

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  • Rangatahi with Raniera Rewiri at Au.E! Conference Hawkes Bay 2018 (Photo by Josie McClutchie)

    Hawkes Bay rangatahi gather for rangatahi suicide prevention

    • Date: 20 June 2018

    Nearly 150 rangatahi from schools around the Hawkes Bay region attended the third Au.E! rangatahi suicide prevention conference at Pettigrew Green Arena in Napier in June.

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