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Te Matapaeroa 2021: data and reporting on Māori-owned businesses

  • Date: 18 December 2023

Te Matapaeroa is our data and insights series about Māori-owned businesses, Māori sole traders and significant employers of Māori. Today we have published the first release of Te Matapaeroa 2021. 

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Understanding climate hazards for hapori Māori

  • Date: 15 December 2023

An exploratory analysis to understand the specific challenges of hapori Māori (Māori communities) within the context of te ao hurihuri – a changing world.

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Poipoia te kākano: Cadetships unearth potential of budding Māori entrepreneurs

  • Date: 28 November 2023

The Cadetship programme provides a proven avenue for Māori of all ages to gain skills and to progress into higher paid, more senior roles.

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Building economic capacity with the Māori Cadetship Programme

  • Date: 22 November 2023

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Cadetship Programme contributes to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses and is supporting the economic recovery, post COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nurturing whenua and whānau through māra kai

  • Date: 15 November 2023

Te Puna Reo o Raparapaririki and Mahora School are using mātauranga Māori and spaces of peace to nurture whenua and nurture whānau through māra kai.

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Whenua Development: Tupoki Takarangi Trust

  • Date: 10 November 2023

Driving along the scenic coastal road through Eastbourne in Lower Hutt, the furthest point south sees you stop at the carpark at Burdan’s Gate.

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Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Tauranga Moana Haerenga

  • Date: 10 November 2023

Tauranga Moana iwi commemorated 159 years since the battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga

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Whenua Māori clinics kick off in Te Tai Hauāuru

  • Date: 07 November 2023

Māori landowners in Te Tai Hauāuru have the opportunity to engage kanohi ki te kanohi with Te Puni Kōkiri about their whenua.

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Developing the aspirations of Te Maungarongo Ahu Whenua Trust

  • Date: 31 October 2023

Te Maungarongo Ahu Whenua Trust administers 16 hectares of whenua in the Waima Valley in Te Tai Tokerau.

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Government Inquiry into the response to the North Island Severe Weather Events

  • Date: 27 October 2023

The Government Inquiry into the response to the North Island Severe Weather Events is currently looking into the three major 2023 weather events: Cyclone Hale, Cyclone Gabrielle, and the heavy rainfall in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tairāwhiti, Tararua, and Bay of Plenty.

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Pūrongo-ā-tau: Annual Report 2023

  • Date: 20 October 2023

Secretary for Māori Development (Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri), Dave Samuels, is pleased to present the Annual Report of Te Puni Kōkiri for the year ended 30 Pipiri 2023.

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Kia whakanuia ki te Mahuru Māori 2023

  • Date: 13 October 2023

Reo Māori stories, team waiata and inter-office kapa haka performances helped bring Mahuru Māori to life at Te Puni Kōkiri.

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Māori Housing: A new dawn for Te Āwhina Marae

  • Date: 06 October 2023

Hundreds of whānau and the wider Motueka community gathered recently to celebrate a huge milestone in the housing journey of Te Āwhina Marae. 

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Award-winning Wi Pere farm recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle

  • Date: 29 September 2023

An award-winning whenua Māori farm slammed by four-meter-high waves of cyclone debris will recover in a third of the time thanks to Government support.

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Māori cadetship programme builds resilient businesses and kaimahi

  • Date: 27 September 2023

Organisations participating in Cadetships have been recognised as employers of choice for Māori. By actively supporting the upskilling of existing and new kaimahi Māori, this has improved kaimahi retention leading to improvements in overall performance.

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130 years of Women’s Suffrage, the role wāhine Māori played, and today

  • Date: 19 September 2023

130 years since Aotearoa New Zealand became the first self-governing country to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

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Mr G and rangatahi from Shannon create inspirational wall art

  • Date: 08 September 2023

Strengthening rangatahi wellbeing, resilience and confidence through tikanga and cultural identity was demonstrated in Shannon recently, when famous artist Mr G, came to town.

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Chief Judge Caren Fox appointed Waitangi Tribunal Chair

  • Date: 01 September 2023

Newly sworn in Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court, Caren Fox, is also the new Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal.

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Growing kōhine Māori leaders

  • Date: 29 August 2023

Te Puni Kōkiri and Manatū Wāhine are working together to develop wāhine leadership programmes for kōtiro, kōhine, wāhine and kuia.

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Empowering rangatahi and kōhine wāhine

  • Date: 25 August 2023

Napier rangatahi were given space to dream and hold on to their ‘Māori heart’ through workshops and wānanga focused on empowerment and learnings of tikanga and cultural identity.

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Chile and Aotearoa strengthening reo revitalisation together

  • Date: 22 August 2023

Shared experience between Chile and Aotearoa for revitalising indigenous languages will benefit both countries.

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Join Te Wiki o te Reo Māori movement

  • Date: 09 August 2023

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori started on 14 September 1972, in recognition of the 30,000-signature strong petition to parliament for te reo Māori to be taught in schools.

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It's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

  • Date: 09 August 2023

To all indigenous peoples of the world, kia pai to rā! International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated and acknowledged every year on 9 August. 

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An update about support for businesses affected by North Island weather events

  • Date: 31 July 2023

The Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment via Kānoa, their regional economic development and investment unit, have opened applications for lending support packages for businesses affected by North Island weather events.

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First wāhine Māori appointed Chief Judge Māori Land Court

  • Date: 19 July 2023

Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox has been announced the new Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court - an immense achievement of notable significance.

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Recognising Matariki Stars of Aotearoa

  • Date: 13 July 2023

Ngā Tohu Matariki o te Tau provides the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate those who have made considerable contributions to Aotearoa across a range of diverse backgrounds and sectors, locally, nationally and globally.

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We acknowledge the passing of Dr Ihakara Porutu Puketapu

  • Date: 08 July 2023

We pay tribute to Dr Ihakara (Kara) Porutu Puketapu who was a precious treasure, a guardian, and an influential leader in Māoridom.

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Te Puni Kōkiri helps fund partnership for Te Reo assistive technology

  • Date: 04 July 2023

Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting the Tua o te Pae team from Wahanga Tū Kōrero / TalkLink Trust and Te Hiku Media to explore the development of the first ever synthetic te reo Māori voice that is compatible with communication assistive technology devices.

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Sediment and debris management package available for cyclone affected whenua Māori

  • Date: 03 July 2023

The government is providing $30 million to support whenua Māori owners with vital clean-up of sediment and debris in Tairāwhiti and the Hawke’s Bay regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Call to successors of the Hāwea/Wānaka SILNA land

  • Date: 29 June 2023

This year, successors to the Hāwea/Wānaka South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 (SILNA) land will be establishing a representative body that will work with the Crown on issues regarding the land in Wānaka committed to them.

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Te Tai Tokerau construction business receives a boost

  • Date: 28 June 2023

Justin Roberts (Ngāpuhi) of Te Putahi Projects features in a new video showcasing his success with the Te Puni Kōkiri Progressive Procurement Capability Uplift Programme,  through localised support from Te Hiringa Trust in Whangārei.

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Whenua engagements continue in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

  • Date: 27 June 2023

Māori landowners on the East Coast have the opportunity to engage kanohi ki te kanohi with Te Puni Kōkiri about their whenua.

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Strengthening Māori aspirations in radio spectrum

  • Date: 23 June 2023

New agreements between Te Puni Kōkiri, Hīkina Whakatutuki and the Interim Māori Spectrum Commission will see Māori participation expanding in spectrum and digital industries.

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Māori-Pacific traffic management business turns lives around

  • Date: 22 June 2023

iTraffic is a proudly 100% Māori and Pacific owned business based in Auckland that has been taking the traffic management industry by storm. 

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Christchurch’s wahine Māori-owned design firm

  • Date: 21 June 2023

As a wahine Māori creative director and business owner Tania McCoy must be quite rare as it’s estimated just 1% of creative agencies globally have a female owner.

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ACC shares progressive procurement tips for agencies

  • Date: 21 June 2023

ACC is breaking down the barriers to government procurement, so the process is more accessible for Māori health providers to tender for ACC’s contracts.

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The wahine business owner fixing up East Coast roads and school lunches

  • Date: 15 June 2023

Powerhouse Kat (Hubba) Kaiwai is used to digging in for her community and quickly mobilising her Ruatōria roading business to fix roads on the cyclone-ravaged East Coast. 

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Ahuwhenua Trophy – a time to celebrate excellence

  • Date: 12 June 2023

Joining the audience of 920 people, a contingent of Te Puni Kōkiri kaimahi were able to celebrate excellence in Māori farming at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards ceremony held in Tauranga on Friday 9 June.

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Young Māori Grower Finalists all wahine

  • Date: 07 June 2023

Since the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2012, this is only the second time the competition is recognising Young Māori Growers, and the first time all three finalists are wahine.

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Three wāhine Māori business owners, three stories of success

  • Date: 06 June 2023

Inspiring wāhine Māori business owners are paving the way in their respective fields – from roading in Ruatōria, to creative design solutions in Ōtautahi, to a virtual contact centre run from Taranaki.

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2023 Ahuwhenua Trophy field days completed

  • Date: 23 May 2023

Finalists have all successfully hosted Ahuwhenua judges, sponsors, guests, iwi, hapū and whānau at their respective field day.


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Government’s Budget 23 released today

  • Date: 18 May 2023

Today, the Government has released Budget 23 – Support for today, building for tomorrow.

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Forestry slash, debris, flood and cyclone support update

  • Date: 18 May 2023

Funding and support for the people and regions affected by flooding and the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle continues to be announced.

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Sediment and debris package launched to accelerate recovery to Cyclone Gabrielle

  • Date: 03 May 2023

The Government has launched a $172 million funding package to support councils and commercial properties in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti,  with vital clean-up and processing of sediment and debris as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Celebrate Matariki 2023

  • Date: 03 May 2023

Aotearoa is once again gearing up for Matariki! 2023 is the second year we will officially celebrate Māori New Year as a public holiday. This year Matariki falls on 14 July. 

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Cyclone Gabrielle Māori Communities Response Fund near capacity

  • Date: 02 May 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle exposed disproportionate risks to Māori, and severely damaged cultural infrastructures and taonga such as marae and urupā. This in turn challenged the holistic resilience of many Māori communities.

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Solar power packs next step in marae emergency preparedness

  • Date: 24 April 2023

Rapid response portable solar power packs are on the drawing board to help power-up marae in times of need, and Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting this important resilience building kaupapa.

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It’s not too late to complete the census

  • Date: 20 April 2023

Census events are happening in all communities.

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Māori contact centre startup on mission to help solo Mums

  • Date: 14 April 2023

Wairua Pai, the only majority Māori-owned customer contact centre, is a new startup with a goal of giving 100 solo Māori Māmā a job through offering flexibility and home working.

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Insights gained from Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund benefits Cyclone Gabrielle response

  • Date: 05 April 2023

Insights gained from working with Māori communities in the fight against COVID-19 are now aiding their recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Waka Kōkiri delivers whānau support to Pōrangahau

  • Date: 04 April 2023

Many whānau remain displaced and their everyday lives turned upside down with 33 of their whare and the Rongomaraeroa marae damaged by Cyclone Gabrielle back in February. 

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Taranaki construction company is helping to grow the next generation 

  • Date: 22 March 2023

Established in 2012 and founded by Hone Tipene, Tuarā Civil Roading Limited and Tuarā Tūmārō Concrete Limited are Taranaki based civil construction companies within the Tuarā Group. They have assisted larger construction companies in meeting their contractual needs for the last ten years.  

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Māori-owned design and marketing business run by wāhine Māori

  • Date: 22 March 2023

Attraction Studio in Ōtautahi has been delivering brand, web, marketing, design and print management services to over 500 companies since 2014.

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Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use (MILU) calls for submissions

  • Date: 15 March 2023

On 23 February 2023, the Government announced a Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use (MILU) causing woody debris, including forestry slash, and sediment-related damage in Te Tairāwhiti, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and Te Wairoa regions.

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Cyclone Gabrielle: ‘Powering-up’ the community response in Te Taitokerau

  • Date: 10 March 2023

For our whānau in Te Taitokerau, extreme weather events such as flooding and drought are not uncommon.

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Funding and support for communities affected by flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle

  • Date: 08 March 2023

We’re pleased to share some of the government information, funding and support available to those affected by recent flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle.

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Increasing Māori representation in government procurement

  • Date: 02 March 2023

Tupono Pahi, 21 of Ngāti Rereahu, is one of only 30 people who identify as Māori working in government procurement buying goods and services for his agency.

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$15m investment helps hapori Māori recover from Cyclone Gabrielle

  • Date: 28 February 2023

The Government announced the establishment of a short-term funding package of $15 million to accelerate the Māori-led response to Cyclone Gabrielle.

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He Riri Awatea: Filming the New Zealand Wars

  • Date: 16 February 2023

The New Zealand Wars Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa were major events in our history, and their impact continues today.

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Te Puni Kōkiri intern Tane Gilbert to use education to benefit iwi

  • Date: 15 February 2023

Tane Gilbert aspires to provide affordable financial assistance to Māori and Pasifika.

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Hōmai Haumaru helping rangatahi express themselves through art

  • Date: 02 February 2023

Late last year a group of rangatahi artists and their friends and whānau came together for the opening of the Hōmai Haumaru exhibition in Ōtaki. The kaupapa is focused on giving rangatahi space to express their thoughts and feelings on mental health issues and suicide through creating art.

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North Island Flooding

  • Date: 01 February 2023

Many whānau Māori have been adversely impacted by the recent extreme weather events. A state of emergency has been declared for Auckland, with other regions also affected.

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Rātana rangatahi - our 'āpōpō'

  • Date: 27 January 2023

This year’s Rātana celebrations mark the 150th birthday of Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana. After a couple of years of COVID-19 restrictions, this year sees a welcome return to the full-scale event. 

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