IT and Innovation

Te Puni Kōkiri works in partnership with other government agencies and the private sector to develop policies and opportunities that support the growth and development of Māori within the Information Technology sector.

Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund

Creating high value jobs and opportunities that advance Māori in the digital technology sector.


DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge

The challenge aims to grow Māori involvement in New Zealand’s digital economy.


Mauao to San Fran

Twelve Māori students from Te Wharekura o Mauao have travelled to Silicon Valley, San Francisco on an inspirational journey to encourage their education choices.


Puhoro - Careers of the Future

The Māori Science Academy (MSA), is a partnership initiative involving Massey University, Te Puni Kōkiri and Year 11 Manawatu schools and Murupara Area School.


Dream Big Māori

Inspiring Māori to live their dreams.


Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Online Māori mall for Te Tai Hauāuru goes live

    • Date: 27 May 2020

    Hokohoko, a new online Māori mall has been launched to provide hundreds of Māori businesses across Te Tai Hauāuru the opportunity to sell their products and services on the one-stop-shop website. 


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  • 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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  • 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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  • Helping rangatahi get into the ‘digi’ creative space

    • Date: 09 February 2018

    Hori Mataki, creative lead for Ariki Creative and member of Te Ao Hangarau, is paving the way for rangatahi with an interest for digital technologies. In his words, Te Ao Hangarau is ‘setting up the change for rangatahi to build off our shoulders to get into the digi space’.

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  • Rangatahi taking on big business

    • Date: 16 November 2017

    Māori secondary school students have shown off their flair for entrepreneurship in a series of successful workshops that have recently wrapped up.

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