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.
Pūmau Tonu te Mauri, Living as Māori, now and in the future
Sir Mason Durie KNZM FRSNZ FRANZCP (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa) is one of New Zealand’s most respected academics, and was knighted in 2010 for services to public and Māori health.
Haka on Great Wall of China
Feeling the mauri on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, 13 year-old Tawhiao Kaitapu rallied his peers into formation before proudly leading the haka ‘Ka Mate.'
Pearls of Wisdom for Rangatahi at Matariki
Nearly 200 rangatahi in Tāmaki Makaurau took the morning off school in late June to take part in Matariki 20x20 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.
Waikato Chefs Battle Matariki Inspired Dishes
After a nine hour round trip in the car, Māori leader Willie Te Aho was delighted when the fancy restaurant he stopped at in Hamilton had a special menu to mark the Māori New Year.
$21m boost for Māori language and culture
Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding over the next four years for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.